After two years of fundraising, Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries have finally secured the £2.25 million (approx. $3.6 million) necessary to buy the personal archive of early photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. Although Daguerre is often credited with the invention of photography, Fox Talbot’s book “Pencil of Nature” was an early development for paper-based processes and the first photographically-illustrated book. The archive includes objects photographed in the book, documents relating to both his work and his personal life, and many other items. The Bodleian Libraries have several plans in the works for the archive including a 2017 exhibition, a catalogue raisonné of his work, and an online archive for scholarly research.
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Hassan Hajjaj, represented by GUSFORD Gallery, has been awarded the 2014 Pulse Prize at this year’s Pulse New York art fair. The self-taught Moroccan-born artist was awarded the cash grant of $2,500 last night during Pulse Presents, one of the fair’s roundtable discussion sessions, by this year’s invitational jury, which included Kathy Battista (director of contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute) Paddy Johnson (founder of Art F City), Julia Kaganskiy (director of the New Museum’s NEW INC.), and Alive Gray Stites (museum director and chief curator for 21c Museum Hotels). (more…)
Not long after SFMOMA revealed that it would be launching a new photo center in 2016, another museum has also shown a serious commitment to its photography department. Atlanta’s High Museum of Art announced this morning that it has received four major gifts, totaling $4 million, that will each contribute significantly to the expansion of its photography department and collection.
In 2007, John Maloof, a 26-year-old real estate agent, bought a box of old photographs and negatives at a storage unit auction in Chicago. The contents turned out to be the work of a longtime nanny named Vivian Maier, who was also secretly a prolific artist whose work resembled the great street photographers of the 1950s and ’60s. Since then, interest in the work has exploded, culminating in coverage by every major news outlet, two shows at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, and, most recently, a documentary that Maloof co-directed with Charlie Siskel, which debuts in theaters today. ARTINFO’s Ashton Cooper caught up with Maloof to ask about making the film, creating an archive of 100,000 photographs, and how Vivian Maier changed his life.
New York-based artist and geography PhD Trevor Paglen has provided the world with the first new images of U.S. spy headquarters in the 21st-century. Published yesterday, on the new digital magazine The Intercept (part of the Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald initiative First Look Media), Paglen’s images were taken at night by helicopter and are now part of the public domain. (more…)
Fotofest, the Houston-based biennial of photography, moving image art, and new media art, has hired Steven Evans to be its new executive director, a job he’ll take up in early February — just in time for this year’s edition of the biennial, running March 15-April 27, which will highlight the works of some 50 artists from the Middle East. Evans was most recently the interim director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio and previously the executive director at the Linda Pace Foundation, also in San Antonio. He was also the managing director of Dia Beacon when it opened. (more…)
Part documentary, part artistry, the film, “Watermark” — a collaboration between filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and famed photographer Edward Burtynsky — has been awarded the Toronto Film Critics Association’s top prize. The critics group named the film, which premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, the latest winner of the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at a gala in downtown Toronto Tuesday evening. (more…)
Photo giant Polaroid is opening a museum at its new Las Vegas flagship store, the Polaroid Photobar in the new retail mega-development The Linq, and its inaugural exhibition will feature 50 of Andy Warhol’s celebrity Polaroid portraits, on loan from Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. “A Polaroid Museum without Andy Warhol just wouldn’t be right,” Warren Struhl, the founder and CEO of the Polaroid Museum — which is due to open in March — said in a statement. (more…)
For eight years beginning in 1968, New York’s most tireless fashion photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on his “Façades” project, which sought to document the history of architecture and fashion in the city by juxtaposing models in period costumes and vintage outfits with famous or historic buildings and locales. Upon completion of the series, in 1976, Cunningham donated 88 of those photographs to the New York Historical Society, and now the institution is putting them all on view. (more…)