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January 2014 Blog Posts (26)

NPG appoints a new Head of Photographs Collection

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has appointed Phillip Prodger (right), founding Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, as Head of Photographs Collection, from 1 June 2014. He has been at the Peabody since 2008. 

Prodger will lead the Gallery’s…


Added by Michael Wong on January 15, 2014 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Information request: BMTPS

A reader has three photographic medals awarded to a Miss M Brightwell in the 1920s by the B.M.T.S.P.S. Does anyone know what the BMTSPS was? The PS presumably stands for Photographic Society. 

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 15, 2014 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Event: Beard's Mirror Camera - 20 January 2014

David Burder FRPS and Roger Smith will be presenting a replica of what was probably the first camera to be used commercially in England. Wolcott and Johnson’s design was adapted by Johnson and Beard and patented by Beard. The speakers will talk about the project, the making of the camera…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 10, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Photographers' Archive & Legacy Project

BPH publicised this project last year and the results of the first round of discussions and meetings have now been published. The website features case studies with Liz Hingley, Daniel Meadows and Mark Power. Read more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 7, 2014 at 7:02 — 1 Comment

1839-2014: 175 Years of Photography

If you are a Facebook user there is a new group to celebrate and to present information relating to this important anniversary. Search for ,'Birth of Photography' or click here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 6, 2014 at 13:48 — 4 Comments

Century old Antarctic images discovered in Captain Scott's hut

Photographic negatives left a century ago in Captain Scott’s last expedition base at Cape Evans have been discovered and conserved by New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust. The negatives were found in expedition photographer Herbert Ponting’s darkroom and have been painstakingly conserved revealing never before seen Antarctic images.

The Trust’s conservation…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 2, 2014 at 8:16 — No Comments

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