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February 2011 Blog Posts (58)

NPG Hoppé and Kar events

The National Portrait Gallery has a number of events connected with its two photographic exhibitions the first dealing with E O Hoppé is open now and the next on Ida Kar opens in March. The events are summarised below but see the NPG website for more information and to book ( In my experience events tend to fill up quickly so I would recommend early booking in order to secure a place.




Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2011 at 9:08 — No Comments

Bradford's London presence is now called Media Space

Greenway Associates has reported that it is now working with the Science Museum, London in partnership with the National Media Museum, on Media Space a substantial exhibition and events space in London. The space offers not only a re-presentation of NMSI’s photography, film, and television collections, via temporary exhibitions and new programming, but also a space that is physically and programmatically geared towards adults and visitors coming to the South Kensington site. This is the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2011 at 6:41 — No Comments

Job: Curator, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

With the announcement in 2008 of the creation of the Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research Centre (RGRC), Ryerson University took its place amongst the top international centres for photography and related disciplines. The Gallery is home to the world-renowned Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection, as well as the many collections in the School’s…


Added by Michael Wong on February 21, 2011 at 21:12 — No Comments

Job: Collections Manager (Projects), National Media Museum

Collections Manager (Projects)

Bradford and York

£20,717 p.a.

Fixed term until October 2011


NMSI is undertaking a major review and relocation of its reserve collections currently stored at the National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford and the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York. As Collections Manager (Projects), you will coordinate the…


Added by Michael Wong on February 21, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

J B B Wellington archive revealed on BBC's Antique Roadshow

As noted here ( the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme featured an item of photographic interest in this evenings programme. A descendent of J B B Wellington brought along a selection of photographs and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 20, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

iMuseum: Home of Manx Memories

iMuseum is Isle of Man's new digital museum which provides unprecedented access to the Manx National Heritage collections. This exciting new facility brings together a selection of archives into one digital resource. This includes over 150 years of newsprint, advertisements, announcements, news reports, and tales of local heroes all searchable by key word, names, and dates.…


Added by Michael Wong on February 20, 2011 at 7:18 — No Comments

Antiques Roadshow & Early Photography

I've been duly informed that for the Hampton Court episode, Fiona Bruce and her team will be showing treasures from the public which include a record of early photography!

The programme will be screened on BBC1 this Sunday (20th Feb) at 8:00pm, or you can catch it on…


Added by Michael Wong on February 19, 2011 at 12:07 — No Comments

Talbot: Happy 210th birthday!

Last Friday night (11th Feb), a group of photographers gathered together to celebrate the anniversary of William Henry Fox Talbot's birthday (210th!), in the Barn Restaurant at the George Inn Lacock which was the carpenters shop where his first camera was made.…


Added by Michael Wong on February 19, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Stereoscopic: Lincoln in 3D

Stereographic photography was all the rage during the 19th century. Its transportive quality was enjoyed in parlors across the country, its immersive imagery replicating life both mundane and fantastic. It was, in its way, an inexpensive way to “see the world” in realistic depth and dimension. Stereo images continue to fascinate today, as seen in the resurgence of 3-D…


Added by Michael Wong on February 19, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Job: Education and Outreach Officer (Scott Polar Research Institute)

The Polar Museum recently reopened after a £1.75 million renovation of its galleries and facilities to maximise access to its historical and scientific collections.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic learning professional to develop new and exciting education and outreach programmes. The successful candidate will interpret the science and history of both…


Added by Michael Wong on February 18, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Job: Youth Engagement Officer (National Media Museum)

Youth Engagement Officer. The National Media Museum is an innovative celebration of modern media and communication technologies. We are constantly exploring ways to engage and attract young people through new exhibitions and as Youth Engagement Officer, you will work with a group of young people to develop content for a major forthcoming project. 

Due to open in 2012,…


Added by Michael Wong on February 18, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: London Street Photography opens 18 February

Street photographs are at the heart of our understanding of London as a diverse and dynamic capital. They are characterised by an element of chance – a fortunate encounter, a fleeting expression, a momentary juxtaposition, capturing an ever-changing city.

This major new exhibition at the Museum of London showcases an extraordinary collection of London street…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2011 at 20:05 — 4 Comments

Lectures: Japanese photography in London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London has announced two events concerning Japanese photography. Modern Photography in Japan at lecture at Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP on 10 March 2011 from 7:00-7.45pm followed by a drinks reception to 8.30pm, organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in association with Tate Modern (see:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2011 at 9:15 — No Comments

Photographic disaster in Australian floods

PHOTOGRAPHIC DISASTER IN BOOVAL (IPSWICH), QUEENSLAND, JANUARY 2011-- I received an email on Friday 14th January from Ian Parker of the Club Rollei in Jersey (Channel Islands) telling me of the tragedy that had just overtaken Sandy Barrie the well-known camera and image collector. I then heard from Ian Carron in Melbourne with the same news. I then contacted one of Sandy’s friends, Marcel Safier in Brisbane, to make some…


Added by Tony Hilton on February 17, 2011 at 7:00 — 3 Comments

BBC Countryfile: James Bamforth (1842-1911)

This coming Sunday, BBC's Countryfile programme will focus on the West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth. Located on the A6024 Woodhead Road in the Holme Valley, did you know that this town played a role in the growth of the British film industry in the early part of the 20th century?

It was in 1899 that James Bamforth, creator of saucy seaside postcards, started making…


Added by Michael Wong on February 16, 2011 at 7:36 — No Comments

Tracing London commercial photographer David Kronig c1960s

A museum is trying to trace biographical details for a commercial photographer called David Kronig who was working from a London studio at 1 Marylebone Street. London W1,  Telephone: WEL 6985 c1960s. If anyone is able to assist with any information (dates work and where, date of death, details if he is still living, or any other information) if would be gratefully received. Please contact me at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 14, 2011 at 17:28 — No Comments

New book: How to Get the Most from Family Pictures

British Photographic History blog readers may be interested to learn that my latest book that has just been published by the Society of Genealogists. How to Get the Most from Family Pictures (London: SoG, 2011) includes inherited artworks, as well as family photographs, and spans the years c.1780-1950. It features around 220 images, the majority photographs…


Added by Jayne Shrimpton on February 14, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Antoine Claudet will sold on eBay

A copy of Antoine Claudet's will has just been sold on eBay. The will was described by the American seller as: UK 19th C probate of the will of Antoine Francois Jean Claudet dated 30th January 1868, extracted by Scadding & Son, London, 100 pounds for filling, excise stamp, fold-out seal, 3 pages plus small page, 22" x 27" on vellum, left most of estate to wife, (even…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 14, 2011 at 7:07 — No Comments

Researching photographic history

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group is holding a one day workshop at Birmingham Central Library on 5 March designed to help anyone researching photographs and photographic history. Researching photographic history is of interesting to many different historians not least of which are genealogists. The day will offer practical advice about undertaking research into… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 14, 2011 at 7:00 — No Comments

Photography Conference in New York

On March 25-26, 2011, the conference 'Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History III' will take place at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. This is the third in an ongoing series of conferences that investigate the role of photographic archives and collections in art historical studies. The discipline of art history and the technologies of image reproduction have developed concurrently, and their…


Added by Luke Gartlan on February 13, 2011 at 23:15 — 2 Comments

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