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12201173086?profile=originalJoin 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 (MDC)  and consider the life cycle of the object and ask how a face from the past can still intrigue and connect with us today. 

This event will include a 30 minute talk followed by 15minute Q&A . The talk will take place on Zoom, the link will be sent to you on the morning of the event.

You can also find our Photographic Jewellery Manchester Digital Collection at the following link.

Lunchtime online talk: Manchester Digital Collections: Tokens of Affection

Check out "Re-Scheduled Lunchtime Online Talk: MDC : Tokens of Affection" on Eventbrite

Date: Thu, May 6 • 12:00 BST

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12201161473?profile=originalWould you be interested in attending a two to three-day workshop on fine art digital prints for approximately £550-£650 per person in September 2021? If so, we’d love to hear from you via our group email (, we hope to gauge interest for this event by Saturday 15 May.

Ryan Boatright, Atelier Boba, former scientist at the Image Permanence Institute and leading expert in digital print technology will provide 10-15 participants with a rare 30-piece sample set, as well as lectures and hands on experience in this evolving field. The event will be held in person (with the option to host the workshop virtually, as each person will have their own sample set). 

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12201159867?profile=originalIn this exhibition, the next in the Projects 20 series to take place at Stills, Tajik presents two bodies of photographic works, including a new series of performative photographs, The Dreamers (2020), that are set in a rural Scottish landscape referencing the historic Highland Clearances and the contemporary disputes over land ownership. In this series, he explores the notion of the border and questions the value and role of nationality in a time of emergency. 

Alongside and in dialogue with The Dreamers, Tajik will present a selection of images from Calais, an installation of photographs & video produced as a result of a visit to the ‘The Jungle’ in Calais, France.

The Dreamers series was made during Tajik’s residency at Deveron Arts, Huntly as part of his Bordered Miles project. Bordered Miles will continue as a day-long group walk from the centre of Glasgow to Dungavel House immigration removal centre, approximately 26 miles south of the city in June 2021. The photographs on display at Stills and this event are both an extension of Iman Tajik’s ongoing interest in making work for the public realm, the walk draws attention to the movement of bodies as a natural right of any species.

For the second body of work on show, the artist spent time living with refugees in the makeshift campsite dubbed ‘The Jungle’, where migrants camped out in the hope of being able to cross the border and make their journey over to England.

Tajik’s encounters with refugees in ‘The Jungle’ dovetailed with his personal journey as a refugee, which propelled him to make work that shifted the way in which a wider audience is brought into proximity with the refugee experience. Tajik created this body of work not only as a means of expressing his own feelings, but also to introduce a ‘new’ and different portrait of the refugee to the one we are accustomed to seeing in mainstream media. The work explores the feeling of what life is like for refugees living day to day behind the borders in the UK.


The artist’s work addresses issues of contemporary conditions of life with a particular focus on migration and globalisation – thereby bridging the gap between art and activism, to create work as a form of socio-political currency, addressing power structures.


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Projects 20 | Iman Tajik

Stills, Centre for Photography

23 Cockburn Street


Tue-Sat, 12 pm-5pm

The exhibition will mark the gallery’s reopening following the global pandemic.

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12201152289?profile=originalTo 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 best remembered for his 1802 paper in which he outlined a chemical method of creating an image. By the middle of the nineteenth century this had become widely recognised as major precursor to the development of photography in the 1830s. But Wedgwood’s short life (he died aged 34 in 1805) encompassed much more. A member of the loosely defined radical romantic movement, he associated with such major figures at William Godwin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Beddoes, Humphry Davy and many others.  

The speakers who will discuss these and other aspects of his life and work, as well as his enduring legacy as a founder of photography, are the current Tom Wedgwood, Geoffrey Batchen (keynote), Lucy Lead, Michael Gray, Brian Dolan, Tim Fulford, Catrin Jones, Michael Pritchard and Rose Teanby. 

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12201158291?profile=originalWilliam 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 here and has been estimated at $300,000-500,000. Efforts by  British institutions to secure this important group of early photography with such wonderful provenance came to nought.  Sotheby's have yet not released any information about the buyer.

Read more about the lot content here:

UPDATE: Antiques and the Arts Online has reported than Hans P Kraus was the buyer of the lot. 

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12201169087?profile=originalSince 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.

Responding to growing interest in science and the moving image, this online workshop uses the concept of ‘intermediality’ as a starting point to discuss new approaches and methodologies. Intermediality, coined by media scholars to describe the interplay between different media, magnifies their multiple meanings and heterogenous interrelations. Moving images especially invite intermedial analysis because they are often composed of interrelated visuals, speech, music, and text; film can also be cut into stills for reproduction in newspapers, advertisements, and journals.

Intermedial approaches thus allow scholars to assess not only the relationship between scientific practices and media forms, but also the afterlives, circulation, and reception of these media in a richer historical context. With its attention to relations and movement between media, intermediality also expands our understanding of the visual cultures of science, including in parts of the world and among groups that are underrepresented in current scholarship. We particularly invite submissions that use intermediality to engage critically with the scope and limits of science and the moving image.

Possible themes might include:

  • Processes of translation between different media, including film, television, radio, and print
  • Intermedial practices and histories of specific scientific disciplines
  • Moving images in science education
  • Transnational and comparative approaches to scientific image-making
  • Time-lapse, frame-by-frame analysis, and other analytical methods as intermedial practices
  • Representations of science in multimedia entertainment industries
  • The relationship between moving images of science and the history of empire and colonization
  • Amateur uses of moving image media, including citizen science
  • The cultural reproduction through scientific images of gender, race, and class.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Tim Boon (Head of Research and Public History, Science Museum Group)

We welcome talks from postgraduate students, early-career researchers and established scholars. We are looking for abstracts (max. 250 words) for 15-20 minute talks, which will be arranged in thematic panels. Submissions should be sent to The deadline for proposals is June 28th, 2021 and we aim to respond to proposals within four weeks.

This workshop will take place online via Zoom and is hosted by postgraduate members of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

Science and the Moving Image: Histories of Intermediality
Location: Online (Zoom)
Date: November 2nd and 3rd PM (UK time), 2021
Organised by: Miles Kempton, Max Long, Anin Luo

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12201172888?profile=originalWhen 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 from the Boston area, were eventually donated to Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Join visual anthropologist Dr David Odo, director of academic and public programs, division head, and research curator at the Harvard Art Museums, as he reveals how the images' shifting and contingent uses―from tourist souvenir to fine art print to anthropological “type” record―were framed by the desires and cultural preconceptions of makers and consumers alike.

The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
5:30pm (EDT) / 2130 (BST)
Tickets are free; donations are encouraged
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12201173684?profile=originalIt 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 its mirror site in China), under a Creative Commons license which allows non-commercial reuse (with attribution). While something like 7000 came to us digitally, in the main we have taken loose prints, photograph albums, negatives, magic lantern slides, real photo postcards and transparencies (35mm slides), ranging in date from the late 1850s to the late 1960s, and copied them here in Bristol, or on site.

From this month onwards, as our digital holdings are moved into the DAMS, which is hosted within the University Library’s Special Collections and Archives, ‘Historical Photographs of China’ has become one amongst other notable individual collections held within Special Collections. It will no longer have that separate identity as an active project, and will no longer be looking for new materials to digitize. The project has ended, but the collection will last.

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12201159887?profile=originalTo 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 Richard Ovenden will discuss John Thomson: his life, photography and photobooks and on 29 July 2021 Betty Yao will talk about John Thomson and his photography of Asia

In September a commemorative bronze plaque to Thomson will be unveiled in Edinburgh. 

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14 September:

29 July:

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12201159481?profile=originalOn 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 concept that were relevant to ideas that shaped Carroll’s work, or, which have since been integral to its interpretation at different points in time.

Embracing Lewis Carroll’s polymathic interests, as man of the Church, of science, a collector of scientific instruments, a mathematician, lover of theatre and the arts, we invite submissions from scientists, historians, theologians, philosophers, and art historians as much as those from scholars of literatures of the fantastic, childhood, film, theatre and music, and practitioners, such as curators, educators or artists. This re-appreciation of Through the Looking-Glass will show that, more than a mere sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, it is as a mirror of its time and of the mind of its creator. Contributors will be invited to submit proposals for publication after the conference.  

In the context of Through the Looking-Glass, we invite presentations exploring the theme of mirrors, offering fresh approaches to any aspects of the work itself, addressing, in particular, the difference between Looking-Glass and Wonderland, or aspects of Lewis Carroll’s biography, his historical, literary, and epistemological environment, intertextualities with other authors, Carroll’s correspondents or wider circles, which promise to shed new light on his Looking-Glass world. We invite contributions on, but by no means limited to, any fields of

  • the Natural Sciences – especially exploring optics, and aspects of mirroring
  • Science and Religion – especially aspects of narrative, literature and childhood
  • Theology & Religious Studies – especially with an interest in Victorian religion, childhood, mirrors and the meaning of truth and knowledge in religious writing
  • the History of Science – especially optical toys, popular science for children
  • Literary & Theatre Studies – especially posthumanism, ecocriticism
  • Art History & Illustration – especially photography, and adaptation
  • Philosophy – especially Victorian epistemology & ontology, animal and childhood
  • Psychology – especially dreams, sleep, identity, childhood development
  • Childhood Studies – especially Victorian studies, and applications of Looking-Glass
  • …and especially interdisciplinary explorations of the intersections of any of these fields.

We particularly invite reflections from practitioners, including creators of adaptations of the text, professionals in translation, museum studies, librarians, fashion, as well as from performers and interpreters, authors, poets and illustrators.

We encourage a breadth of forms for presentations, from ‘classic’ academic papers or paper panels, short papers, proposed themed round tables, informal talks, presentations of or reflections on artistic interpretations.

One of the keynote speakers is Diane Waggoner, curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. She has contributed to several publications on photography and curated numerous exhibitions, including The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875 (2010) and East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography (2017). In 2020, she published the monograph, Lewis Carroll’s Photography and Modern Childhood (Princeton University Press).

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Abstracts for presentations of up to 300 words, including up to 5 keywords, should be sent to by 15 June 2021

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12201158268?profile=originalThe 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 Archive.

If you have previously viewed or accessed BFI National Archive collections, we're reaching out to gain a better understanding of how you do so and why, and the benefits gained as a result.

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12201168878?profile=originalHomer 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 College of Printing.

In the early 1970's Homer started his research into documenting traditional British folklore customs and annual events, which has become the largest long-term project of his career. Homers’ unique survey on British customs is an iconic series which contrasts age old traditions with the modernity of the every day life. He says: "My pictures are about people, what they wear, how they look, how they interact with each other, against a background that sets the scene.".

Once a Year, Some Traditional British Customs was published in 1977 by Gordon Fraser. In 2016 Dewi Lewis Publishing re-published this volume with over 50 'new' images from Homer’s archive. Signed copies, will be for sale at the gallery during the exhibition. Homer Sykes is also the author of of thirteen books about Britain. 

Once A Year - Homer Sykes
3 May 2021-26 June 2021
Lucy Bell Gallery
St Leonards-on-Sea

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12201166660?profile=originalHeadstone 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 2021 to mark 130 years since the factory opened.

If you have a story to share, or are interested in recording an oral history email: by 31 May 2021. 


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12201165476?profile=originalDavid 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 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 Foundation.

David Hurn projects accessible in the MPF Collection include, among others, Land Of My Father, Living In Wales and Carvings And Controversies: Sculpture Exposed. In addition, there are photographs from many press assignments, such as the Aberfan Disaster, The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night and Churchill’s Funeral.

Much of David's archive is in the National Museum Wales, Cardiff. 

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12201172276?profile=originalThe 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 in Highgate Cemetery hails him as “The Inventor of Kinematography”, and whose life – and death – were famously charted in the 1951 film The Magic Box, starring Robert Donat.

This online event, marking the hundredth anniversary of Friese-Greene’s death, features contributions from three experts on early moving pictures, who will talk about his life, his achievements, and his waxing and waning reputation. They are Peter Domankiewicz, Stephen Herbert and Ian Christie. 

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12201164460?profile=originalDeveloped by Catlin Langford - Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the V&A, in association with Barbican, this six-week online evening course will provide you with an introduction to the history of photography, focusing on the idea of ‘truth’.

Discover early manipulation techniques, staged scenes, and faked imagery, from fairies to phantoms. Learn through illustrated lectures featuring works by a range of artists, including Roger Fenton, Dorothy Wilding, Carrie Mae Weems, Henry Peach Robinson, Brook Andrew, Jo Spence, Iñaki Bonillas, Hans Eijkelboom, Dorothea Lange, among many others.

At the end of the course, you can expect to have developed a deeper understanding of the history of photography and should feel confident to critically engage with historical and contemporary photographic images.

About Perceptions of Truth in Photography

with Catlin Langford - Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the V&A
Barbican Centre

Wednesday evenings on 28 April, 5, 12, 19, 26 May and 2 June 2021
6.30–8pm BST (UTC+1)

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12201169890?profile=originalMy lockdown project…or one of them. My first job was with a firm of Commercial and Industrial photographers in Bournemouth, Arthur Coleman Ltd. Working with Arthur’s son-in law I have just completed a book about the firm and their origins in early ‘Walkie’ photography, beach snaps in summer and photos with Santa at Christmas. 

The book is in two parts, one a product of research into the family and early years of the business and the second, a reminiscence of my time working there in the late 60s. 

It presents the fascinating story of the Coleman family of Boscombe and their involvement with professional photography in the early and mid-20th century. The Coleman family began their photographic enterprise in the days of ‘Walkies’ and souvenir photography and developed a thriving industrial and commercial business based in the Royal Arcade at Boscombe and in Curzon Road, Springbourne.

The book is fully illustrated and will be of interest to anyone with a love of early professional photography, tales of summer seaside snaps, photos with Santa at Christmas and life in Bournemouth during this period.

I hope it will also be of interest to anyone researching early provincial professional photography. 

Copies can be printed to order or a pdf file can be seen and downloaded using the link below.

Arthur Coleman Ltd, A story of family and photography in Bournemouth
ISBN: 9781034721055 (softcover)
58 pages
£13.39 printed / £3.49 download.


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12201168654?profile=originalThe Tim Hetherington collection is based at the Imperial War Museum, and this AHRC-funded research network aims to explore Hetherington’s approach to recording conflict and to examine his legacy in the broader historical context of conflict imagery.

For our first network event, we focus on the visual tropes of war, including the idea of the ‘feedback loop’ which Hetherington spoke about, where soldiers co-opt popular culture into their own self-representations. Our expert speakers will discuss issues such as military masculinity, picturing injury, and the appeal of animals in combat imagery.

Tim Hetherington is best known as an award-winning conflict photographer, including four World Press Photo awards. In 2010, he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Restrepo, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

This online event will include a short welcome, followed by two panels with invited speakers giving short presentations plus audience Q&A. There will be a short break between the two panel sessions.

Speakers include:

Suzannah Biernoff, “Flesh, stone, metal: the seductions of antiquity” | Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck.

Max Houghton, “Restrepo: Locating the Self” | Senior Lecturer in Photography at London College of Communication

Paul Lowe, “Cats and Dogs: military representations of animals in combat” | Reader in Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, award-winning photographer.

Saumava Mitra, “Revisiting Restrepo: the men and boys beyond the wire” | Assistant Professor at Dublin City University.

Amru Salahuddien, "Individualism of the combatants” | Photojournalist covering the Middle East and Canada for international news agencies

Organised by the Imperial War Museum and University of Leeds. This event is supported by funding from the AHRC (Grant ref: AH/T008210/1). Principal investigator is Katy Parry (Leeds) and Co-Investigator is Greg Brockett (IWM). Please contact Katy if you would like to be kept informed about the network (

The Tim Hetherington collection & conflict imagery research network launch
22 April 2021, from 1500-1700 (BST)
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12201167882?profile=originalApplications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship titled Amateurs, Scientists, Tradesmen, and Artists: The Royal Photographic Society (RPS), 1853-1914 to research the early history of the Royal Photographic Society supervised at Birkbeck University of London, in partnership with the V&A Museum, supervised by Professor Steve Edwards, Birkbeck, and Dr Duncan Forbes at the V&A.

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is the oldest surviving photographic society in the world. In parallel to the Victoria and Albert Museum it is the oldest institution in Britain dedicated to the historical preservation and promotion of photography. However, despite this venerable heritage, the Society has no substantive written history and its important collection remains in large part unexplored. This CDP aims to remedy this situation by rethinking the early evolution of the RPS against formations of culture, class, and the rise of the professions and professional societies in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. It pursues research central to the V&A's work in engaging the public with the RPS collection in the coming years.

Founded in January 1853 as a society open to 'ladies and gentlemen interested in Photography', the RPS was set in motion by a complex array of factors. These included the legacy of the Great Exhibition of 1851 (with its public display of photography as art and science), the desire of amateur photographers to escape patent restrictions imposed by W. H. F. Talbot, and the urge to forge an autonomous space for photography alongside established cultural institutions such as the Society of Arts and the Royal Academy. Initially an elite formation, the doctorate will begin to unpick the pathways of specialisation within the institution against the wider framework of mid-Victorian formations of commerce, art, and science. The aim is to connect the RPS to an existing historiography focused on the rise of the nineteenth-century middle class in Britain.

The student will be able to access a diverse range of training and professional development opportunities at Birkbeck and V&A.

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12201167855?profile=originalThe outcome of the second round of the UK government's Culture Recovery Fund funding has been announced with photography organisations in receipt of funds for both the first time and, for some, in line for a second tranche of funding,

Arts Council England which has been reviewing applications and disbursing funds claims that it has made some £751 million of investment. 

Amongst the photography bodies and galleries showing photography in receipt of second round funds are: 

  • Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol - ££169,149
  • Autograph ABP, Derby - £89,777
  • Derby QUAD, Derby  - £122,000
  • Farleys House & Gallery, Wealden - £85,000
  • Four Corners, London - £45,000
  • Ikon Gallery, Birmingham - £129,473
  • Photo London Ltd - £100,000

For a full list of funded organisations see:

A summary of the first round funding can be seen here: 

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