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Auction: early photography at Chiswick Auctions / 28 May 2021

Chiswick Auction's auction of photographs 1840-2020 contains a number of lots of daguerreotypes and early photography. Two lots in particular are of special note, including a portrait of John Goddard and one that it is suggested may be a portrait of Frederick Scott Archer.…


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cfp: Conference: De/Reconstructing photomechanical reproduction / deadline 25 June 2021

Don’t Press Print is an annual conference organised by the University of West of England's Centre for Fine Print Research and the Royal Photographic Society. In 2020 the conference looked at the collodion process and its contemporary practice through the eyes of twenty artist-printmakers and photographic…


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Online conference: Photography and its many colours / PHRC, 14-15 June 2021

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre's annual conference is now open for registration.The programme, including keynotes from Kim Timby and Emily Mark-Fitzgerald is now available.

Recent scholarship surrounding the development, use, and reuse of colour photography has highlighted the need for more research and debate about…


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Online event: Photography: Hungary's greatest export / 20 May 2021

Colin Ford explores the surprisingly large number of world-famous and influential photographers who were originally Hungarian, many of them Jewish.

Colin Ford CBE was Deputy Curator of the National Film & Television Archive (1965-72) before becoming the first senior curator of photography in any British national museum or gallery…


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Online talk: George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968) / 25 May 2021

Join former V&A Museum ciurator Susanna Brown for a journey back in time to the elegant world of photographer George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968).  A pioneer in the fields of portraiture and fashion photography, Hoyningen-Huene worked during the golden age of Vogue and Vanity Fair, and his images define the glamorous aesthetic of that era. He collaborated…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2021 at 19:46 — No Comments

William Friese-Greene still making news in Bristol

Two events took place last week to commemorate William Friese-Greene. In Bristol a short ceremony was held at the commemorative plaque to WFG in the city and John Winstone talks about it below. The other was an online…


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Event rescheduled: Manchester Digital Collections: Tokens of Affection / 6 May 2021

Join Angie McCarthy and Tony Richards from our Imaging Team as they explore how portrait photographic jewellery has always been a sentimental favourite, a place to hold memories of loved ones, kept close to the heart or simply held in the palm of a hand.

They will discuss items from the newly created Photographic Jewellery Manchester Digital Collection…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2021 at 7:47 — 2 Comments

William Friese-Green: a reappraisal

It’s a strange fact, but British inventor William Friese-Greene is as well-known among serious film buffs for not having invented cinema as he is for inventing it. Now, on the centenary of his sudden death at 65, mid-flow at a meeting of film distributors, admirers of this controversial pioneer from…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 2, 2021 at 9:20 — No Comments

Online symposium: Wedgwood 250 / 14 and 15 May 2021

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tom Wedgwood on 14 May 1771, the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry and the Royal Photographic Society have organised a virtual meeting on the afternoons of 14 and 15 May 2021, starting at 2pm BST (3pm CEST, 9am EDT). 

Tom Wedgwood, fifth child of the midlands potter Josiah Wedgwood, is now…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 24, 2021 at 10:25 — No Comments

Auction: Talbot photographs sell for $1.6 million (UPDATED)

William Henry Fox Talbot’s gift of his photography and photo-illustrated books to his sister Horatia Gaisford has sold at Sotheby's New York for $1.6 million ($1.96m with charges). The lot was described…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

cfp: Science and the Moving Image: Histories of Intermediality / deadline 28 June 2021

Since the advent of film in the late nineteenth century, moving images have been integral to making and communicating science. A rich interdisciplinary literature has examined such representations of science in the cinema and on television and investigated how scientists have used moving images to conduct research and communicate knowledge.



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Online event: The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs / 20 April 2021

When Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1860s, delicately hand-tinted photographic prints of Japanese people and landscapes were among its earliest and most popular exports. Understood as both images and objects, the prints embody complex issues of history, culture, representation, and exchange. Hundreds of these photographs, collected by travellers…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:38 — No Comments

Online: Historical Photographs of China project ends but resource remains

It is 15 years since the launch of Historical Photographs of China. In that decade and a half about 170 mostly privately-held collections of photographs have been copied, which has generated just over 62,000 unique images in our databank, and published over 22,000 of them on our platform (and…


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Events: commemorating John Thomson, photographer

To commemorate the centenary of the death of John Thomson FRGS (1837-1921), the early travel photographer working in China and Asia, and known for his work Street Life in London, and work with the Royal Geographical Society, the RPS (Thomson was also a member) is hosting two free events to commemorate his life and work.

On 14 September 2021…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2021 at 7:30 — No Comments

cfp: Through the Looking-Glass Sesquicentenary conference 2021 / by 15 June 2021

On the occasion of the sesquicentenary of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass in 2021 we will hold a fully-online conference whose focal point will be the Looking-Glass itself. Aiming to explore the significance of the mirror in literature, science, theology, art and other fields, it hopes to explore any facets of this…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 17:03 — No Comments

Archive: BFI National Archive evaluation / closes 29 April 2021

The BFI National Archive was established in 1935 and holds one of the largest and most significant film and television collections in the world. 

It has commissioned The Audience Agency, in partnership with AMION Consulting and Golant Innovation, to carry out an evaluation of the economic, social and cultural impacts of the BFI National…


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Exhibition: Homer Sykes Once a Year / St Leonards, from 3 May 2021

Homer Sykes (b.1949) is a celebrated British documentary photographer whose work has been widely exhibited including at the Tate, Arnofini and  V&A. His career includes long term personal projects, many based on the customs and traditions of the British. Homer’s early interest in photography started at school and in 1967 he went to study at The London…


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Research: Kodak Harrow factory employees sought

Headstone Manor Museum is looking to document and interview former employees and relatives of employees who worked at Kodak's Harrow factory from 1891-2017. This could cover working life, the social activities to home life. 

The research will form part of the museum collection and some will become part of an upcoming exhibition opening in September…


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David Hurn donates from his archive to the MPF collection

David Hurn has donated a significant part of his archive to the Martin Parr Foundation collection. The gifted works include vintage press prints, exhibition prints, book layouts, and a complete set of David Hurn photographs made in Wales. This material joins a number of other David Hurn prints already housed at the Martin Parr Foundation.

Hurn has…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 15:49 — 1 Comment

Event: The centenary of William Friese-Greene / 5 May 2021

The Kennington Bioscope, in conjunction with The Cinema Museum, presents another episode of KBTV, available on YouTube, at the KBTV channel. William Friese-Greene (1855-1921) was a pioneering British experimenter with moving pictures, whose monument…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 15:43 — No Comments

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