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March 2012 Blog Posts (47)

Book: Kodak Girl: From the Martha Cooper Collection

Don't get too excited, guys, but this is the girl you've all been waiting for ......

Published recently, this book tells the remarkable story of the Kodak Girl, one of the most durable and successful marketing campaigns in advertising history. Created by George Eastman, inventor of the inexpensive hand-held camera, the Kodak Girl traces the intersection of American…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cardiff before Cardiff

More than a thousand photography negatives and three hundred prints taken by Cardiff photographer Keith S. Robertson during the late 1970s and early 1980s, were found whilst Warwick Hall in Gabalfa, Cardiff was renovated in late 2010. Discovered by Cardiff-based freelance photographer, Jon Pountney, it forms the basis of an exhibition depicting Cardiff’s…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2012 at 15:59 — No Comments

Arctic Photography Help

It's a contemporary question, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that historical knowledge (as it so often does) will provide the key...

I am looking for any advice on tips and tricks for overcoming the problems of photographing in May in North West Greenland using digital, polaroid and pinhole?

Has anyone advice from their knowledge of historical photographic expeditions into the sub zero areas of the globe that would be useful?

Any and all help appreciated!



Added by Mort Marsh on March 14, 2012 at 9:19 — 2 Comments

BBC2: Britain's First Photo Album

The first programme in the short series Britain's First Photo Album airs tonight on BBC2. Full information can be found here: 

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2012 at 18:42 — 2 Comments

New E-Photo Newsletter, Issue 189, with News about Auction of Questionable 19th-Century Salt Print Negatives and Positives

Here's the latest Newsletter, which covers this controversion subject: .  Too much bad information has been circulating about this auction.  The newsletter has a lot of other important stories as well, which are noted below:


Added by Alex Novak on March 11, 2012 at 18:47 — No Comments

Cased tinted salt print portrait by Gustave Le Gray

Here is a cased and tinted salt print of a young man by Gustave Le Gray taken between 1856 and 1860. I decided to create this blog because I have not come across another during my 20 years of collecting.

I would appreciate comments by members who might have seen or own similar items.  Kind regards,  Meir…


Added by Meir Berk on March 10, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Barbican celebrates its 30th with photography

The Barbican will be celebrating its 30th birthday this Thursday. Amongst one of the biggest celebrations planned for this year will be a photography exhibition in the autumn focusing on the 1960s and 1970s, and will include renowned photographers from across the globe, all working during two of the most memorable decades of the 20th Century.

Featuring a pantheon of…


Added by Michael Wong on March 9, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Seminar: Explaining the Life and Death of an Icon

No, not on me. Dead - yes, Icon - definitely not.

Instead it's an interesting talk on Kodak's demise and why it was unable to escape its past and adapt to the new, digital world. Details of this talk at Cambridge University can be found …


Added by Michael Wong on March 9, 2012 at 20:57 — No Comments

Obituary: Robert Elwall (14 January 1953-7 March 2012)

Robert Elwall, Assistant director of the RIBA’s British Architectural Library, and the founder and curator of the RIBA Library Photographs Collection and RIBApix collapsed and died suddenly after a short illness. Robert had been continuing to work on various projects at RIBA.

Robert was a great writer of books and papers on photography and architecture in its broadest sense. A number of his articles are collected here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2012 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

1901 Film by George Albert Smith found by BFI

The Death of Poor Joe, which dates back to March 1901, was discovered by British Film Institute (BFI) curator Bryony Dixon, in February 2012. It is the oldest surviving film featuring a Charles Dickens character, discovered in the year of the 200th anniversary of the author's birth.

George Albert Smith was one of the most important figures in Victorian cinema.…


Added by Robert Alexander Albright on March 9, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Workshop: Collodion, Ambrotype and Daguerreotype

Minnie Weisz's first London collodion wet-plate photography workshops were taught by France Scully Osterman and Mark Osterman in 2009/2010. Following in the footsteps of Frederick Scott Archer, the inventor of the collodion process in 1851, our 2012 weekend workshops are led by Jo Gane and John Brewer, experts in the field of 19th Century Photographic processes in the UK.

Learn to make unique images direct onto glass, aluminium and acrylic. Create portrait and still life images in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

Charming Scottish Ambrotype

I could not resist sharing with you this compelling half plate ambrotype image of four Scottish children, one of the best compositions I have seen.   Meir…


Added by Meir Berk on March 8, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: In the Blink of An Eye

The National Media Museum's In the Blink of an Eye Media & Movement exhibition opens from 9 March. Featuring classic images and new commission work the show is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. One of the new works can be seen here: 

The exhibition has been curated by Colin Harding and runs until 2 September 2012. For more…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 8, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Job: NMeM Collections Information Officer

Purpose of the Job: Delivers the work for the NMSI Collections Information team at the National Media Museum and National Railway Museum in accordance with policies, procedures, data standards and best practice

• creates and enhances the primary and authoritative collections record

• undertakes collections projects

Key Deliverables/Accountabilities

1. Takes care of personal health and safety and that of others, reports and takes action to resolve any…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 8, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Charlotte Cotton resigns from MediaSpace (updated 7/3/12)

Source magazine reports that Charlotte Cotton is resigning from her position as Creative Director for London Galleries at the National Media Museum, a position she took up in October 2009 (see: The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2012 at 21:27 — No Comments

Impressive Beards

Hello all, The subject of impressive beards being topical, I thought I would add a cabinet photo by Villiers and Sons. Who is the guy by the way? Regards, Meir Villiers%26sons.jpg

Added by Meir Berk on March 7, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Talk: Early Herefordshire Photographers

A basic introduction to Winterbourn, Watkins, Morgan and others. This lecture will look at the technology available to these pioneers of photography in Hereford, who were instrumental in capturing and freezing moments in time. We will see the recent discoveries of images taken by these photographers that enable us to find out more about our Victorian and Edwardian past in the…


Added by Michael Wong on March 6, 2012 at 11:29 — No Comments

Britain’s history though Frith's photographs: BBC2 12th March 2012 ...

Much has been written about this anticipated BBC production between the pages of BPH. Well, the wait is finally over as the first two episodes will be broadcast on BBC 2 next Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March at 6:30pm, in full HD glory.

Broadcaster John Sergeant follows in the footsteps of Victorian pioneer photographer Francis Frith who, in the 1860s embarked upon a…


Added by Michael Wong on March 6, 2012 at 11:19 — 5 Comments

Media Space - Science Museum confirms new media galleries to open in London in 2013

The National Museum of Science and Industry today confirms that its media galleries will open in spring 2013. The Media Space will be sited on 2nd floor of the Science Museum and it will consist of a breathtaking gallery for the exhibition of visual media surrounded by cultural spaces for exploring, discussing, testing and exhibiting creative technologies. The project will cost £4 million and is the fruit of the partnership between the Science…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2012 at 7:01 — No Comments

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