Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography


Coronavirus (Covid-19)-useful info from the AOP

Coronavirus (Covid-19)-useful info from the AOP

Coronavirus (Covid-19)-useful info from the AOP

The Association of Photographers (AOP) has published some guidelines for Photographers and creatives when shooting during this pandemic.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)-updated 17th May 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19)-useful info from the AOP

Coronavirus (Covid-19)-useful info from the AOP

A message from the committee. We will also be updating you with any information we find relating to our industry and any help that is available during these very sad and troubling times.

Sue Davies OBE

Coronavirus (Covid-19)-useful info from the AOP

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Sue Davies, founder of the Photographer's Gallery in London, has died aged 87. The Photographer's Gallery was the first gallery in the UK dedicated solely to Photography. Please see articles about her here.

Affinity software trial & discounts

Affinity software trial & discounts

Affinity software trial & discounts

Affinity are offering a free trail and a discount on purchasing it's creative suite of applications covering photo editing, desktop publishing and graphic design.

Introducing - Phase One iXH

Affinity software trial & discounts

Introducing - Phase One iXH

Phase One iXH 150MP is a powerful camera system that delivers the ultimate image quality for A0 at 300ppi scanning of flat objects, such as maps and drawings, in a single shot.

In other news.....

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Introducing - Phase One iXH

Links to all sorts of articles that may be of interest to our sector in general.

Morton Photography Symposium

Morton Photography Symposium

Morton Photography Symposium

The National Trust for Scotland is pleased to invite papers for the Second Morton Photography Symposium.

Archived news

Morton Photography Symposium

Morton Photography Symposium

See here for past news stories

AOP guidelines

The Association of Photographers (AOP) has published some guidelines for Photographers and creatives when shooting during this pandemic. The guidelines are primarily aimed at Editorial and Advertising Photography shoots where they may be a large crew but it's worth checking out as there are some useful tips. There is also a lot of other information on their website about mental health and help with financial concerns. They are also currently offering free Access Membership. See

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Self Employment Grant

The Government have now started rolling out the grant for the self employed. Please check if you think that you are eligible but haven't heard from them yet. Use the online eligibility checker.

Important update for Self Employed:

The Government plan to launch their online portal to claim the self employed grant in mid May. Anyone eligible should receive a letter inviting them to claim. However it is worth visiting their online eligibility checker as it will invite you to update your contact details on your Government Gateway account. If you don't have an account it may be worth setting one up asap. You will need your Self Assessment UTR and your National Insurance number to hand.

Dear Colleagues,

Our health and our safety are no laughing matters. The evidence is clear that to eliminate the risk of infection all human social contact must be avoided for some considerable time. Being effectively locked up is a grim prospect but it is the only sure way to protect ourselves and check the spread of this virus.

As if this weren’t enough, for many of us our livelihood is jeopardised. Naturally, the mechanisms for obtaining financial support or compensation are in the early stages of development but we have found two websites so far. We hope to be able to add to this list and we welcome suggestions and contributions from the membership.

This UK government site has information about eligibility for statutory sick pay and universal credit for the self-employed:  Support for those affected by COVID-19

The Arts Council website states ‘that we will refocus some grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings. This will require further planning. It may take about ten days before we can announce the details.’  See here for updated information from The Arts Council:  Emergency measures and funding

There is also some useful information on the following websites:

Announcement from the government for the self employed

We will be updating the information as and when it comes in.

For almost exactly 35 years our association has stood for the free and copious exchange of knowledge and information and supports individuals by mutual encouragement. Heed the warnings and be patient.  

AHFAP committee

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This contribution from former chair Tony Harris concerns alternatives to rented Adobe software.

The Affinity series of apps do exactly what Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign do, 16bit, ICC profiles etc. Plus they are not on the subscription model and cost £40 each, even cheaper with the offer below. Could be a worthwhile saving in these times for freelancers and as they are made in Nottingham you'd be supporting the UK software industry.

From Affinity......

  • Announcing a new 90-day free trial of the Mac and Windows versions of the whole Affinity suite.  
  • A 50% discount for those who would rather buy and keep the apps on Mac, Windows PC and iPad.
  • A pledge to engage more than 100 freelance creatives for work, spending the equivalent of our annual commissioning budget in the next three months (more details of this will be announced soon).

The introduction of the 90-day free trial and deeply discounted pricing is done in the hope that this will make life a little easier for people who rely on creative software to make a living, but may be stuck at home without their usual tools, or for students who might not have access to their Affinity apps on their personal devices. In addition, by increasing our spend on commissioning work from freelancers we can also put some extra money into a part of the industry which will be particularly affected.  We plan to make the free trial and additional discount available until 20 April, but of course we will continue to review the situation as time goes on.
For more information and to sign up for the trial or buy the app see here

Second Morton Photography Symposium-Call for papers

Ways of Seeing': Women and Photography in Scotland - event suspended

The National Trust for Scotland is pleased to invite papers for the Second Morton Photography Symposium, to be held on Thursday 2nd April 2020 at Glasgow Women’s Library:

'Ways of Seeing': Women and Photography in Scotland

The Trust’s major photographic collections feature many women as takers, collectors, preservers or subjects. Prominent examples include the c.6,000 images taken by folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw, the family albums compiled by Violet May Brodie (née Hope) and the hundreds of photographs collected and kept by Glaswegian Miss Agnes Toward, all of which frequently depict women.

These photographs show Scottish women in many lights – artist and model, wife and socialite, mother and sister, amateur and academic. The images of these women breathe life into our places and can help institutions like the Trust improve at putting women of all backgrounds at the centre of the stories we tell about our history.

The aim of this symposium, in collaboration with Glasgow Women's Library, is to explore how photography is used to tell women’s stories. We are particularly interested in how this is done in historic houses and heritage/museum spaces, and intend to challenge the existing display and interpretation practices of these institutions. We are also especially interested in photographs taken by Scottish women or depicting women’s lives in Scotland, as well as photographs where the absence of women can tell stories of their overlooked and marginalised lives.

Proposals are welcomed for papers on any of the above themes, or in response to any of the questions below:

  • How has the camera impacted the representation of Scottish women or women in Scotland?
  • How has photography by women illuminated the stories of marginalised women?
  • What are (especially Scottish) women’s unique ‘ways of seeing’ the world through the camera lens?
  • How has the camera been used to objectify women in Scotland, or Scottish women abroad?
  • How have women photographers in Scotland, or Scottish women abroad, taken control of their own image?
  • How does gendering the ‘woman photographer’ position them as ‘other’?
  • Where are the women in our public photographic collections?
  • Where are the women of colour in our public photographic collections, and what are the consequences of their absence to our national identity?
  • How are photographs being used (or failing to be used) to tell women’s stories in museum and heritage institutions, including historic houses?
  • How has photography by Scottish women or women in Scotland been collected or displayed in the past?

As well as full-length papers, we welcome proposals for the Shutter Speed Session that will take place during the symposium. This will be a quick-fire series of 5-minute talks followed by questions. We intend to publish the proceedings in a special edition of Studies, the journal of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography.

Please send a proposed title and abstract of 200-300 words for a 20-25-minute paper (or 100 words for a 5-6-minute paper for the Shutter Speed Session) to Ben Reiss at by Friday 11th October. Please note if you would be happy for your proposal to be considered for either format. Prospective speakers at any stage of their career and from any personal or professional background are encouraged to submit. We particularly welcome submissions from women across race, gender identity, disability, class and sexuality. Travel bursaries may be made available to full-time students, people not in work or those on a low income. Any enquiries about delivering a paper or attending the symposium may also be directed to Ben at the above address, or phone 07864 918969.

Ben Reiss, Morton Photography Project Curator

National Trust for Scotland

breiss@ | 07864 918969

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