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February 2010 Blog Posts (24)

NMeM signage and foyer works

Mention was made here last year of a major project to revamp the National Media Museum's signage and foyer area. This work which cost around £350,000 is now complete. Click here for details of the original report:

(http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/national-media-museum-newof) The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2010 at 7:14 — No Comments

Eadweard Muybridge at Tate London

Eadweard Muybridge, Back Somersault c.1887, Courtesy Kingston Museum and Heritage Service The pioneering British photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) will be the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Britain in autumn 2010. Bringing together around 150 works, this exhibition will demonstrate how Muybridge broke new ground in the emerging art form of photography. From his iconic images of animals and humans in motion to depictions of the sublime landscapes and life of the dynamic America of the later nineteenth century, the exhibition will explore the ways in… Continue

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

The Narrator’s Gaze, Fifty years of Documentary Photography

The National Coal Mining Museum for England will be hosting a symposium, entitled ‘The Narrator’s Gaze, fifty years of documentary photography’, on Friday 26 March 2010, from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The event is being held in association with the new special exhibition, ‘Northern Soul, John Bulmer’s images of life and Times in the 1960s’.



A pioneer of colour photography during the 1960s, Bulmer’s work was included in the very first colour…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2010 at 6:53 — No Comments

An Edwardian Family Album - The story behind the pictures

This exhibition was the idea of David Price (1945-2008), known to his friends as Dai. David was a Flintshire based photography enthusiast and member of the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain.



Some years ago, he was given a large collection of glass negatives which had been found in the attic of a friend. The negatives numbered over 500, and were still contained in their original boxes and paper sleeves. Many were labelled with… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 27, 2010 at 21:17 — No Comments

Alice in Wonderland: on the trail of Lewis Carroll

As Tim Burton's new film, based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, hits the UK cinema screens, the National Media Museum, Bradford will be celebrating it by holding special Hidden Treasure Tours on Saturday 6th & 13th March, Sunday 7th &14th March. You will be able to see photographs taken by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) of Alice Liddell who inspired the character of Alice in these tours.



Lewis Carroll was born… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 27, 2010 at 12:46 — No Comments

BJP ceases weekly publication

After more than 150 years the British Journal of Photography is to cease weekly publication and will return to being a monthly. Established in 1854 as a monthly, the BJ went fortnightly in 1857 and then weekly in 1864. The 3 March 2010 issue will be the first of a redsigned monthly magazine. The move leaves Amateur Photographer (established 1884) as the only weekly British photographic magazine.

Changing market conditions and the growth of the internet have…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

NMeM visitor numbers fall 18 per cent

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions has published its latest survey of UK museum and gallery visitor numbers. In 2009 the National Media Museum, Bradford, saw 613,923 visitors - a decline of 18 per cent on 2008. The 2008 figure was 745,857 which had been a 4 per cent rise on 2007. Many other museums and galleries - especially those with free admission like the NMeM - had seen a boost to their numbers with the public turning to free activities due to the recession.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

The Odd Couple

You might be amused by this quarter plate French daguerreotype of the oddest couple.
Kind regards,
Meir

Added by Meir Berk on February 23, 2010 at 20:12 — No Comments

Mystery Daguerreotype

Here is a ninth plate daguerreotype taken in front of a hut,presumably on a construction site.

Why was the photo taken?What is the man at the center have in his hands?Is he timing the exposure?

The man on the right looks like Stephenson?It is all a mystery

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Any comments to help clear this enigma is… Continue

Added by Meir Berk on February 23, 2010 at 20:01 — No Comments

Charles(Karl) Durheim Daguerreotype

Hello all,

I thought I would share with you an image of a daguerreotype by the Swiss photographer Karl Durheim.

Although he is well known for his albumen prints documenting"local" folk I have not seen any other daguerreotype by him apart from the one on the web in the Getty museum.

Any further information about Durheim daguerreotypes would be most welcome.

Kind regards,

Meir…

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Added by Meir Berk on February 23, 2010 at 19:31 — No Comments

John Dillwyn Llewelyn 1810-1882 bicentenary events

Richard Morris a descendent through his wife's family of John Dillwyn Llewellyn provides details of a series of events to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth in 1810.

12 January 2010 - Bicentenary of the birth of John Dillwyn Llewelyn (b. 12 Jan 1810)

5 February - Launch of the Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn Diaries online, a new resource of the Swansea University Library Historical…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2010 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

V&A Photographs department update

Pierre-Louis Pierson, Portrait of the Countess de Castiglione, 1860s (printed circa 1940), gelatin silver print. V&A Collection The latest V&A Photographs Section newsletter from Curator Ashley Givens includes details of new acquisitions, research, publication and exhibitions that the curatorial staff have been working on.

The annual re-display which opens on Friday, 14 May will present some of the new works and will focus on showcasing photographs from the Collection dating from the 1970s to today. The exhibition will be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 21, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Victorian Photographer: Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird - Walton on the Wolds.

A friend, while playing with her sister in the Loft of there home - the Old Parsonage in the early 1950's - discovered many glass photographic plates taken by the Victorian Photographer, the Reverend Montague 'Monty' Bird.



He was a fine and enthusiastic photographer and pioneer motoring enthusiast - who took many images of local events and characters ....... and specialised in humorous PhotoMontages (skeleton dinner parties/ winged car flying over the Rectory (somewhat pre dated…

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Added by Alan M. Preston on February 20, 2010 at 23:00 — 4 Comments

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond photography (Thursday, 24 June to Saturday, 26 June)

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) is remembered primarily as a photographic pioneer and influential early voice on photographic aesthetics, but his activities as a Victorian intellectual and “gentleman of science” ranged widely across the natural sciences, classical scholarship and Assyriology. This interdisciplinary conference will approach Talbot’s work with this wider perspective in mind, bringing together art historians, curators, historians of science, and practitioners of the many… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 18, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Photography of Margaret Watkins - Annual Annan Lecture, 2010

The fifth annual Annan Lecture will be given by Joe Mulholland, who tells the extraordinary story of the highly distinguished and important photographer Margaret Watkins, who died in obscurity in Glasgow in 1969. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1884, Watkins was active in New York in the 1920s, where she had a studio in Greenwich Village and worked with Clarence White and the other great photographers of the period including Stieglitz and Strand. Her… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 17, 2010 at 11:46 — No Comments

London Tramway Installation 1906

Hello All,

Since stereo cards have been a discussion topic recently, I thought I would add some images from a collection of stereocards taken in 1906,between September and October 1906, all dated on the cards.

Would anyone know of the photographer?

Regards,

Meir…

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Added by Meir Berk on February 16, 2010 at 9:20 — No Comments

Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage

Mention was made previously of this exhibition which is on at theMetropolitan Museum in New York. A member has posted a wonderful example of photocollage on this site here: http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/unusual-family-album. There is a useful review of the show on the blog Gallery Crawl which is reproduced below. For those in the UK the catalogue is available on…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 14, 2010 at 7:41 — 1 Comment

Local press article on photo-history

See:

http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/Photography-mystery-solved-thanks-forensic-science/article-1824980-detail/article.html

The Derby Evening telegraph has now picked up on the 'Victorian stereoviews and forensic science' story.

Added by John Bradley on February 13, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Photo history on ITV Central News



Those of you who live in the East Midlands and receive ITV Central News will have the opportunity to see me being interviewed in a piece due to be broadcast on Monday evening (15th February). This stems from some work I have mentioned here before, where I worked with a forensic…

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Added by John Bradley on February 13, 2010 at 9:55 — No Comments

Broadlands Archives

The University of Southampton has launched a major fundraising campaign to acquire a key collection of manuscripts that span major political and historical events of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.



The Broadlands Archives, which have been on loan to its library since 1989, contain rare papers and photographs including letters from Queen Victoria and Mrs Oscar Wilde and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 12, 2010 at 17:22 — 1 Comment

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