The Ballroom at Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent. © National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

Portrait News Category

History and Theory of Photography Research Centre: Spring 2021 talks

Established in 2012, the Centre is an interdisciplinary group based in Birkbeck’s School of Arts, led by Dr Patrizia Di Bello and Professor Steve Edwards. We aim to facilitate, exchange and showcase new and existing research on photography’s history and theory, both at Birkbeck and in the wider photographic and academic community. Please contact Alexandra […]

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SELF: Ruth Borchard Collection, exhibition and online tour

House of Manannan, Peel, Isle of Man, until 14 March 2021 A striking and thought-provoking collection of one hundred self-portraits of 20th Century British and Irish artists. Collected between 1958 and 1971 by Ruth Borchard, an ex-internee in Rushen Camp during WW2. View the exhibition launch and tour here >>

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Call for Papers for colloquium: On Portraiture: Theory, Practice, and Fiction — From Francisco de Holanda to Susan Sontag

University of Lisbon, 26–28 April 2021; proposals due by 30 Nov 2020 This colloquium intends to discuss the theory and practice of artistic, historical, anthropological, social, and political experience on the topic of portraiture, as well as the fictional dimension contained within it. Located at the intersection of several disciplinary fields, the discussion(s) and papers […]

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New digitised resource for study of Methodist heritage

News from Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, December 2019 Methodist Portrait Prints provides access to over 2,000 historic portraits dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. These images chart developments in engraving techniques, to the advent of photography, and beyond. This project draws from the collections of the Wesley Historical Society, and […]

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Exhibition: ‘Cartomania: A Victorian Photographic Phenomenon’, Aberdeen Maritime Museum until 11 April 2020

‘Cartes de visite’ were the first form of affordable mass-produced photography. These images of families and friends, royalty and celebrities of the day were wildly popular during the Victorian era. Queen Victoria herself helped spread the craze by building her own collection. People collected photographs of their families and friends, royalty and celebrities of the […]

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