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January 2010 Blog Posts (16)

Reverend William Ellis

Hello All,

Going through my photo collection recently I discovered a scrap book with three calotype photos pasted in it. I then realised that this was a book where quite a few young ladies added…

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Added by Meir Berk on January 31, 2010 at 15:38 — No Comments

Camille Silvy, 1834-1910

Just to add a little more to the Silvy thread: Camille Silvy died on 2 February 1910, so next Tuesday is the centenary of his death. A number of Silvy aficionados I know will be raising a glass in his memory on that day. Please join us virtually. The Silvy centenary retrospective runs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 15 July-24 October.
Mark Haworth-Booth

Added by Mark Haworth-Booth on January 28, 2010 at 16:50 — 2 Comments

Changes to NMeM foyer

The latest National Media Museum blog reports on the progress with the redevelopment of the museum foyer. The box office has been moved closer to Pictureville and is nearing completion and the former shop space is being turned in to a games lounge. This will have historic video games for visitors to play. The former box office space will feature a Welcome Wall - an electronic orientation and information screen. The works which are costing £400,000 are due to be complete in time for… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

NMeM job: Assistant Registrar

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.



With thousands of highly significant items encompassing television, cinematography, photography and new media, the National Media Museum’s diverse… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

Early Derbyshire stereoviews

A few days ago I had a phone call from a friend in another town. “Do you still collect those stereoscopic pictures?” he asked, “because there is a bundle of them in the local auction this morning”.



With 15 minutes to go before the start of the auction, no on-line options, and only my friend’s comment - “they look pretty scruffy to me”, I faced a dilemma. I placed a blind telephone bid and yesterday received the lot – which indeed was very scruffy, for the winning price of £20. As I… Continue

Added by John Bradley on January 26, 2010 at 12:37 — 4 Comments

Darwin's Camera: Art and Photography in the Theory of Evolution

Darwin's Camera (Phillip Prodger; ISBN-10: 0195150317) tells the extraordinary story of how Charles Darwin changed the way pictures are seen and made.



In his illustrated masterpiece, Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1871), Darwin introduced the idea of using photographs to illustrate a scientific theory--his was the first photographically illustrated science book ever published. Using photographs to depict fleeting expressions of emotion--laughter, crying, anger, and so… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2010 at 9:48 — No Comments

Stephen Fry by Camille Silvy

We visited the exhibition ‘Comedians: From The 1940s To Now’ currently running in Sheffield. The show is presented jointly with the National Portrait Gallery and photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier Bresson, Angus McBean, Patrick Lichfield, Bill Brandt, Cecil Beaton and Trevor Leighton.



There was however an unexpected surprise when looking at the colour portrait of Stephen Fry. This carries the bizarre attribution ‘Stephen Fry, photographer Camille Silvy, format:… Continue

Added by John Bradley on January 23, 2010 at 23:08 — 1 Comment

Jesse Taylor: Exhibition ‘Campden Then and Now’

For the past year, CADHAS (Campden and District Historical & Archaeological Society) has been running an Awards for All project about Jesse Taylor, our local photographer 100 years ago, culminating in an Exhibition of his work next weekend 23/24 January.



We had a ‘eureka moment’ in our research when we found a picture of the town’s Floral Parade in 1896 by Henry Taunt, well-known Oxford photographer, with another photographer in the corner of the frame, and matched it… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2010 at 20:26 — No Comments

NMeM job: Senior Exhibitions and Partnerships Organiser

The National Media Museum presents up to six temporary exhibitions every year. We attract over 700,000 visitors and have ambitious plans to raise our profile further. We have developed a national touring and partnerships strategy that will take our exhibitions to galleries, museums and arts centres across the UK.



Your experience of managing touring exhibitions, brokering relationships and working collaboratively with external partners will be essential to the successful delivery of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 18, 2010 at 15:13 — No Comments

Photography research prize

Dear colleagues,

Even though this was already advertised internationally, please note the creation of the The Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography at Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

All the details, regulations and afflication forms could be found on the website:

http://www.imj.org.il/shpilmanprize

Best,

Nissan N. Perez

Added by Nissan N. Perez on January 17, 2010 at 14:08 — No Comments

Fellowship in the History of Photography

The National Gallery of Canada has put out a call for application for a twelve month fellowship in photographic history. It is open to art historians, curators, critics, independent researchers, conservators, conservation scientists and other professionals in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, who have a graduate degree or equivalent publication history. It is open to international competition and applications should be postmarked no later… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 17, 2010 at 11:00 — No Comments

Tunbridge Wells: H P Robinson print internationally recognised

Staff at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery were surprised and delighted last month when two major art galleries from overseas contacted them about borrowing some of the Museum’s works of art for exhibitions in 2010 and 2011.



Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery was initially approached by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, who were keen to borrow the photograph ‘The Lady of Shalott’ by Henry Peach Robinson. The photograph is required for an exhibition called ‘The… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2010 at 14:26 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

This landmark exhibition gives an inside view of how modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been shaped through the lens of their photographers.



From the days when the first Indian-run photographic studios were established in the 19th century, this exhibition tells the story of photography’s development in the subcontinent with over 400 works that have been brought together for the first time. It encompasses social realism and reportage of key political moments in the 1940s,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 15, 2010 at 20:57 — No Comments

V&A Exhibition: Gothic Architecture and 19th-Century Photography

Westminster, with The Henry VII Chapel and Clock Tower of The Houses of Parliament, Stephen Ayling, about 1869 Drawing on the V&A's rich holdings of 19th-century photographs, this new display examines the relationship that developed between photography and architectural practice in the 19th century and explores how photography facilitated the re-discovery of an idealised past. The display also addresses the role played by photography in the recording of buildings before demolition and its use as a tool for preserving the national architectural heritage.



The display features a… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 10, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

NMeM revamps foyer

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports that improvements costing nearly £400,000 to Bradford’s National Media Museum’s foyer should be completed next month. The upgrade includes a new electronic information board, a new box office, a shop and a computer games lounge.



Colin Philpott, director of the museum, said: “We are creating a more effective flow of people. The first thing the majority of new visitors ask is where the toilets are. The new welcome board, as we’re… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 9, 2010 at 11:12 — No Comments

Frederick Hollyer

Hello All,

I would very much appreciate any thoughts about the identification of the people in the Frederick Hollyer platinum print cabinet cards attached.

Thanks,

Meir…

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Added by Meir Berk on January 6, 2010 at 18:10 — 1 Comment

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