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The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography

Don't despair if you can't get to New Zealand for this Royal Collection exhibition, as it will be heading back to our shores towards the latter part of 2011.



This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by George Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 8, 2010 at 10:15 — No Comments

Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China

As mentioned in an earlier blog…
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Added by Michael Wong on November 6, 2010 at 17:39 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Felice Beato

Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road will present the first survey of Felice Beato's (British, born Italy, 1832-1909) long and varied photography career which covered a wide geographical area—from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. This exhibition will run concurrently with Photography from the New China.



"In 2007, the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 5, 2010 at 9:25 — No Comments

Early Photography from Bourne & Murray

Since 2007 one of the main thrusts of Berlin's Museum of Asian Art's exhibitions has been its focus on historical photography from South Asia. Alongside larger temporary exhibitions (that will in future be organised in close cooperation with the Art Library), the Collection of South, South-Eastern and Central Asian Art will regularly present to the public small… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 5, 2010 at 9:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: Felice Beato

Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road will present the first survey of Felice Beato's (British, born Italy, 1832-1909) long and varied photography career which covered a wide geographical area—from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. This exhibition will run concurrently with Photography from the New China. The official press release is as follows.



"In 2007, the Getty Museum acquired a substantial collection of more than 800 photographs by…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 5, 2010 at 6:00 — No Comments

Brunel Hawes Archive photography lots exceed expectations

An archive of Brunel material consigned by a descendant of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel was sold at auction on 2 November 2010 (click to see the full sale) by Tooveys in Sussex. Included in the sale were several items of photographic interest, click to see the full descriptions:

  • BRUNEL, Isambard Kingdom (1806-1859). - Robert HOWLETT and George DOWNES (photographers). A…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2010 at 5:59 — No Comments

Magic Lantern Show

Monday 8th November will be a dark and creepy evening at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, as Professor Heard, the world’s finest Phantasmagoria Magic Lantern Projectionist, will be performing a show in the library.

There will be 2 performances, a family friendly show at 4.30 – 5pm, then at 7.30 – 9pm an evening event where things get a bit…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Deakin (1912-1972)

Until recently John Deakin has been missing from photographic history. He resisted his talent fiercely, treating success with mistrust and greeting failure with indifference. His career began with Vogue but, despite achieving recognition for the photographs he took there he never took it seriously and never expected it to make him a living.…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 3, 2010 at 10:33 — No Comments

Job: Research Professor in Photographic History

Leicester, UK: The De Montfort University Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) draws together and integrates scholarship across a diverse range of disciplines and research on primary sources from the 19th through the 21st centuries of photographic history. It has strong strategic alliances with institutions such as the British Library, V&A, National Media Museum, Société française de photographie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 3, 2010 at 5:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Origins of Photography - French Calotype 1843 to 1860

A new exhibition has recently opened whereby one can see 180 prints made using the early negative- positive photographic process developed by Fox Talbot, which was adopted in France in 1843, reaching its peak in popularity between 1848 and 1860.


Details of the exhibit can be found…
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Added by Michael Wong on November 2, 2010 at 22:38 — No Comments

seeking source for quote

I'm looking for a source and correct reference for a quote. It was mentioned to me by someone who couldn't remember where he read it or who it is from. Any help out there?

Quote:
When an age is ripe for discovery it is rare for an invention to occur to only one mind.

Added by Roger Watson on November 2, 2010 at 13:34 — 3 Comments

Powerhouse Museum to launch open access image repository

The Powerhouse Museum has just announced plans to create an open-access image repository to showcase the organisations’ extensive image archive. The portal will initially begin with about 5000 images and grow to include the museum’s glass-plate negatives collection, including…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 1, 2010 at 10:31 — No Comments

World's largest private collection of 19th century Japanese photographs?

Just in case there are any BPH members out there keen on early Japanese photography, there is a current exhibition which is about to end soon.



Entitled "Samurai in New York: The First Delegation, 1860", it features 19th century Japanese photography amassed by a Wall Street executive which is known to be one of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 1, 2010 at 9:56 — No Comments

Mystery camera.....

Anyone care to take a wild guess on what camera this might be?

Added by Michael Wong on October 31, 2010 at 17:00 — 7 Comments

V&A Photography Department newsletter

The V&A Photography department produce a regular newsletter reporting on their activities. The latest edition can be found here: November Newsletter.pdf

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2010 at 8:58 — No Comments

Seminar: Shanghai shashin? The China Portfolio of Baron Raimund von Stillfried



Presented by Dr Luke Gartlan (School of Art History, University of St Andrews). In 1876 at the height of his career, the Yokohama-based photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried travelled to Shanghai to undertake a portfolio of 'Chinese characters'. All but forgotten since its completion, this paper argues that the commercial failure of this portfolio highlights the potential schisms that could emerge between the work of nineteenth-century…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2010 at 8:47 — No Comments

NMeM funding cut by 15 per cent

Britain's flagship photography institution will lose 15% in Government grants over the next four years as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review, Amateur Photographer has revealed.



Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £81 billion pounds worth of public spending cutbacks.



A spokesman for the National Media Museum (NMM), which is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire told Amateur Photographer today: 'We know that our…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2010 at 4:24 — No Comments

Job: Photographers' Gallery - Development Office

The Photographers’ Gallery is the largest public gallery dedicated to photography. This is a very exciting time for the Gallery. Construction work has recently begun on a major redevelopment project to expand and transform the Gallery’s premises on Ramillies Street, just off Oxford Street. Scheduled to reopen late 2011 it will include three galleries, an education floor, enhanced retail spaces, a ground floor café and full disabled access.

The Development Officer (Admin) will be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2010 at 4:19 — No Comments

Muybridge caught using the iPhone ...

To coincide and to celebrate the current Muybridge exhibition, Tate Britian has announced the launch of its The Muybridgizer App on the itunes App store.



The app allows iPhone users to freeze-frame the moving world around them just as Muybridge did with subjects ranging from… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 28, 2010 at 10:31 — No Comments

First photo of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls - one of the most photographed scenic sights in the world. But do you know who was the first person to do so?



Well, the honour bestows on a Newcastle industrialist by the name of Hugh Lee Pattinson in April 1840. At that time he was just getting to grips the early form of photography introduced by Daguerre. On a business trip, Pattinson… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 28, 2010 at 10:23 — 2 Comments

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