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January 2012 Blog Posts (36)

Courtauld research seminars

Below are details of the Courtauld spring term programme for the Research Seminars which relate to photography Seminars are free and open to all. They will be held at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN – unless stated otherwise.

  • Monday 9 January – Sylwia Serafinowicz (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Photography and Temporality at…

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 15, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

"Don't get my name wong ......"

.... no, I meant, wrong!

That's what one might encounter when trying to research one's family tree, especially names, as most of us only change our surnames on marrying, say, or by reverting to a maiden name on divorce. For example, in the cabinet photo on the right, it’s assumed that the elderly couple belonged to Jarrow, as that was the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 13, 2012 at 19:52 — No Comments

Website: Old San Francisco

Similar in concept to HistoryPin, a local San Francisco resident, Dan Vanderkam, has overlaid photos taken from the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection onto a Google map of San Francisco…


Added by Michael Wong on January 13, 2012 at 7:39 — 2 Comments

Smethwick Photographic Society: 90th Anniverary

Congratulations to Smethwick Photographic Society (the home of Midland Photography) which is celebrating its 90th year. It is currently holding its 37th International Exhibition of Photography at the Old School House in Churchbridge, Oldbury which they bought 12 years ago. The Society began in…


Added by Michael Wong on January 12, 2012 at 22:47 — No Comments

Don McCullin Feature Film

The made-for-cinema documentary shows how Don McCullin created some of the latter twentieth-century’s most iconic images of man's inhumanity to man.

Working at a critical time in global photojournalism, he witnessed the change of ethos to publishing and editorial freedom for newspapers to print what they wanted, free from…

Added by Don McCullin Film on January 12, 2012 at 17:41 — No Comments

Investing in Photography: The Tate, V&A and National Media Museum

Using the Freedom of Information Act, the British Journal of Photography have uncovered that the 3 largest UK museums are using more of their resources to acquire photographic works. You can read the facts and figures in their exclusive online article…


Added by Michael Wong on January 11, 2012 at 14:07 — 1 Comment

NMeM internet gallery: works starts

The National Media Museum in Bradford has started work on the world's first gallery to explore the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet and the web. Set to open on 30 March 2012 the gallery will be the first in the world to link the history of the internet with its impact on how we live our lives.

The gallery will bring together historically…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 7, 2012 at 8:51 — No Comments

Photographs of the Big House in Ireland 1858-1922

This exhibition offers a chance to discover the evolution of photography. What are the optical and chemical principals that brought us photography? Why are there pairs of the same photographs? And what has this got to do with 3-D films today?

The photographs in this exhibition document an important feature of Irish rural life – ‘the Big House’ – or the homes of local…


Added by Michael Wong on January 6, 2012 at 11:18 — No Comments

Book: Workington Through Time

Workington is an ancient market and industrial town at the mouth of the River Derwent. Some parts of the town north of the River Derwent date back to Roman times. It was in the eighteenth century, with the exploitation of the local iron ore and coal pits, that Workington expanded to become a major industrial town and port.

Derek Woodruff, 79, a historian from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 6, 2012 at 11:15 — No Comments

Book: Richard Ellis Photography Collection, Malta & Gozo Volume IV

Although in the same style and format as the previous publication, this, the fourth volume in the series varies from the first three volumes. Malta & Gozo Volume IV covers a broad area of the islands instead of a specific locality. It depicts the island on the threshold of modernism but still an agriculture-based society especially in the regions away from the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 5, 2012 at 14:56 — No Comments

2012-2013 Research Fellowship: Harry Ransom Centre

The Ransom Center is now accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Research Fellowships to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing…


Added by Michael Wong on January 5, 2012 at 7:04 — No Comments

Studentship in arts, film, photography and cultural criticism

A number of full-time University of Westminster Studentships are available to candidates with either Home or Overseas fee status in any area of Arts, Film, Photography and Cultural Criticism starting in September 2012. The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) is a leading centre for research across the disciplines of visual arts, photography, film and digital media. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise CREAM was rated 20% 4*, 55% 3*, 25% 2*. The Times Higher…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

The First 50 Years of American Photography

A new exhibition, which opened recently, displays some of the rarest, earliest and most important photographs in America. The materials are highlights from a magnificent set of more than 16,000 19th-century American photographs from the Beth and Stephan Loewentheil Family Photographic Collection.

Through photographs, ephemera, and original publications, Cornell…


Added by Michael Wong on January 4, 2012 at 15:06 — 1 Comment

Event: The History of Astronomical Imaging

Of all the sciences it is arguable that images have played the greatest role in astronomy, both for the professional and for the interested public. This discussion meeting will consider both the history and technology of imaging in the era of the telescope, and the implication of representing physical phenomena by images created by visualisation techniques, particularly where the radiation is invisible to the eye. Capability and limitations will be traced from drawing and painting, through…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2012 at 7:20 — No Comments

Early Russian Photography: Daguerreotype

A new exhibition which includes two daguerreotypes from the 1840’s-1850’s from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum, the Museum of the Russian Literature Institute of the Russian Academy of Science and the Library of the Russian Academy of Arts is currently on display in Saint Petersburg.

Among the first examples of daguerreotype in…


Added by Michael Wong on January 3, 2012 at 14:21 — No Comments

Photography: Privacy, Copyright & The Courtroom

To help shed some light into this minefield, a PhD student in communications at Columbia University, Lynn Berger, recently presented a paper at the Society for the History of Technology conference in Cleveland (USA). Entitled "What We Talk About When We Talk About Photography: Privacy, Copyright and the Camera in the US, 1883-1905," her paper traces the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 1, 2012 at 17:27 — No Comments

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