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Exhibition Opening: Into the Woods: Trees in Photography

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 16:00

Tal Shochat, Rimon (Pomegranate), 2011. Museum no. E.1127-2012. © Tal Shochat

On until Sunday, 22 April 2018, The Victoria and Albert Museum present Trees in Photography, a display as party of their Into the Woods series to mar the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and the launch of the 2017 Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Including work by 40 photographers including Paul Strand, Robert Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson, the display explores the ways in which trees have been displayed from the emergence of photography in the mid-19th century from botanical records to creative expression.

From the V&A Website:
Trees were among the first photographic subjects collected by this Museum as a learning resource for artists and designers. The V&A has continued to acquire photographs of trees in various contexts: within landscapes and forests, as lone subjects, in relationship to humans, in rural and urban settings, and as symbols of cultural significance.

More can be found out here.

Exhibition Opening: Jerwood/Photoworks Awards:
 new work by Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira at Impressions Gallery, Bradford

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 14:45

© Lua Ribeira, Pesadilla Ligera (Weightless Nightmare), from the series Subida al Cielo

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks have collaborated in this exhibition, The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. The three photographers featured in the exhibition Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira were selected from a national open call of over 350 applicants. The Awardees were commissioned through the awards to produce new work as well as benefitted from a year’s mentoring from internationally-renowned specialists including photographer Mitch Epstein, publisher Michael Mack, and gallerist Maureen Pale. The awards are supported by Arts Council England and Spectrum Photographic.

More can be found about the exhibition and the photographers work here.

Exhibition Opening: The Great British Seaside at Royal Museums Greenwich

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 14:15

New Brighton, Merseyside, 'Last Resort', 1983-85 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Featuring over 100 photographs from the archives of Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, Simon Roberts and Martin Parr as well as new work from Martin Parr, 'The Great British Seaside' celebrates all aspects of British seaside life.

From the RMG's website:
Examine the ambiguities and absurdities of seaside life through this major exhibition of over 100 photographs. All four photographers share a love of the seaside which reveals itself in playful and often profound representations of the British by the sea while still bringing their own distinctive take on the seaside experience. Ray-Jones gives us a social anthropologist’s view, Hurn’s is a nostalgic love letter to the beach, Parr provides an often-satirical examination of class and cliché while Roberts explores our collective relationship with, and impact on, the coast.

For more information and to book tickets click here.

Job: Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 13:45

The last chance to apply for the chance to work with Tate's collection of international photography through acquisitions, gifts and bequests as well as leading the strategy for representing photography in the programme; researching, developing and curating exhibitions and collection displays. 

Tate are looking for an experienced curator or specialist with an expert knowledge of modern and contemporary art with a particular specialism in photography, supported by a relevant post-graduate degree.

If you think this sounds like you then applications and more information about the poisition can be found here.

Job: Visual Arts Curator, British Library

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 17:15

Working with one of the largest, richest and most diverse research collections, you will use your specialist knowledge of South Asian art history and archaeology to carry out cataloguing and collection management projects relating to prints, drawings and photographs and associated ephemera.

This section’s remit expands to managing the former India Office collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs as well as other major visual collections in the Library including the British Library Works of Art (Contemporary British Art), Kodak archive and Fox Talbot collection.

Closing date: 22 April 2018

Interview date: Week Commencing 14 May 2018

To apply click here.

Exhibition Opening: Thresholds by Mat Collishaw at National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 09:30

© Richard Eaton

Thresholds is an ongoing touring exhibition that restages the world's first major exhibition of photography in a fully immersive experience, in which vistors can walk freely around a digitally reconstructed room. The exhibition transports vistors back in time to 1839, when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public at King Edward's School in Birmingham.

More information on the exhibition and future venues and tour dates can be found here.

World Premier: Do Not Bend, The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 14:45

Bill Jay with his Students at Arizona State University, 1978 © David Hurn / Magnum Photos

Tickets for the Seminar Day of the world premier of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, in conjunction with RRB Photobooks, are still avaliable.

The day will take place on Saturday 21st April from 9.30am to 4.00pm at Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. The day will include talks from John Myers, Marketa Luscacova in conversation with Ken Grant, Peter Mitchell, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and David Hurn in conversation with Martin Parr.

Tickets can be purchased here.

DCDC call for papers

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 14:15

DCDC Conference 2018: Memory and Transformation.

The call for papers for the above conference is now open.
The deadline is 27 April 2018

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities invites proposals on this year’s theme of ‘memory and transformation’ on any project involving archives, libraries, museums and other heritage and cultural organisations in partnership with each other, communities and the academic sector.

The conference will be held between 19th - 21st November 2018 at the BCEC (Birmingham Conference and Events Centre), Birmingham.
Proposals should be submitted to Melanie Cheung and Laura Tompkins by Friday, 27 April 2017. Please mention you heard about this via the Photographic Collections Network website.

Find out more here and thoughts on the chosen theme can be shared in the members' forum here.

Beyond the Battlefields: Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in the Great War at the Grosvenor Gallery

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:00

© Estate of Käthe Buchler 

'Beyond the Battlefields' is a series of images by German photographer Käthe Buchler (1876-1930). The photographers depict Germany before, during and after the First World War. The series is part of the collection of the Museum of Photography in Braunschweig, where Buchler lived and worked. The series is currently touring the UK to commemorate the centenary of the conflict and its legacy.

The exhibition is co-curated by Manchester Metropolitan University historian Professor, Melanie Tebbutt, and Manchester School of Art Media Professor, Jacqueline Butler.
Tebbutt explains; Buchler’s carefully choreographed images chronicled convalescing soldiers, children collecting for recycling campaigns, and babies in war nurseries and are a documentary homage to how ordinary women and children were rising to the challenge of food, labour and material shortages on the home front. Buchler’s calm, disciplined interpretation of civilian life, distant from the violent upheavals of military action at the front, suggest empathy and belief in the human spirit.

Buchler came from a wealthy and well connected background that allowed her access to some of Germany’s most advanced photographic equipment. She was an adopted the world's first colour photographic process, ‘Autochrome’ as early as 1913. These images highlight Buchler's artistic skills as an 'ameteur' photographer and feature in the exhibition.

Jacqueline Butler, Head of Media at Manchester School of Art the importance of Autochrome in Buchler's development as a photographer; This allowed her to develop a visual and aesthetic vision, possibly influenced by her earlier enthusiasm for drawing, oil and watercolour painting. Lyrical family portraits and thousands of studies of flowers and landscapes testify to a comfortable bourgeois life both before and after World War One.

'Beyond the Battlefields: Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in the Great War’ is on display between 19th March - 5th May 2018 at the University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield.

Quotes sourced from Katy Cowan's article.

UK Exhibitions Closing Soon

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00

Photograph: Schooner, Perth Harbour by Magnus Jackson
Courtesy of Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council

ONE WEEK LEFT: Magnus Jackson: Photographer, Perth Museum and Art Gallery (until 3 March 2018)
Your last chance to see fascinating images by Victorian photographer of Perth, Magnus Jackson, innovatively displayed alongside five contemporary photographers using collodion:

ONE WEEK LEFT: ‘Beyond the Battlefields: Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in the Great War', Grosvenor Gallery (by Holden Gallery), Manchester Metropolitan University, (until 1 March 2018)
Black and white images of the German home front during the First World War, including images of the photographer's family, working children, injured soldiers returning to Braunschweig, and a series called ‘women in male-dominated professions’. This is the first time that Buchler's work has been displayed outside Germany:​

FINAL FEW WEEKS: The Apna Heritage Archive Exhibition, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (until 18 March 2018)
Exhibition offering a rare glimpse of 30 years of life captured by Punjabi families across the city, from their own photographs and family albums. Led by Black Country Visual Arts:


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