The two shortlists have been announced for the 2009 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. A winner from each category will share a prize fund of £10,000. They will be announced during an awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank, London, on Thursday 23 April.
The shortlisted titles for the 2009 And/or Photography Book Award are:
• Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2009 at 12:30 —
Note has already been made of this exhibition under 'Events'. A review has appeared in The Independent
newspaper on 25 March and written by Hannah Duguid and a small part is reproduced below. The exhibition is open until 19 April.
It took Thomas Annan three years to take 31 photographs inside the city centre slums of Glasgow during the late 1860s. Only rarely did the pale Scottish sun provide the light he needed for his large plate camera. Conditions may have been appalling… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 25, 2009 at 17:30 —
The British Library has put online an exhibition of photographically illustrated books. The development of photographically illustrated books parallels the explosion in communications technology during the 19th century. In a period of unprecedented advances in science, exploration, travel, tourism and industry, photography provided an exciting, innovative and accurate alternative to conventional methods of book illustration, such as woodcuts, etchings and engravings.… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2009 at 22:20 —
An unparalleled collection of documents and photographs charting the development of photography from a gentlemen’s pursuit to a mass popular pastime has been donated to the British Library and De Montfort University.
The Kodak Ltd Archive, dates back more than 120 years and represents a treasure trove of primary material for historians and researchers of the history of photography.
Kodak Ltd’s British company archives have been handed to the British Library and… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 19, 2009 at 7:30 —
Harry Hammond, described as the first great photographer of British rock'n'roll has died aged 88. Hammond chronicled the first decade of that music up to and including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and photographed every major American star who visited Britain.
A number of exhibitions of his work, including one at the Victoria and Albert Museum, were held from the 1980s. The V&A also acquired his archive.
A full obituary is… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 14, 2009 at 6:02 —
The National Media Museum, Bradford, and National Railway Museum, York, - both part of the National Museum of Science and Industry - are recruiting a Senior Development Executive - Trusts & Public Bodies at a salary of £28,000pa and located in Bardford.
The role is described: A number of exciting capital projects are currently underway at both museums and your role will be to identify and apply to appropriate grant giving bodies to help us reach our aim.
You will help… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 11, 2009 at 21:12 —
De Montfort University, Leicester, has launched the course brochure for it's new full-time MA course titled Photographic History and Practice
which starts in October 2009. The university is currently recruiting students for what is the only course of it's type within Europe or the United States. A scholarship is available to fund, in part, one place. Full details are due to be announced shortly and will be posted here.
DMU has been active over recent years in making… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 11, 2009 at 8:00 —
The collections held by the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, are among the richest in the world for the study of polar environments. Work began in April 2007 on the Freeze Frame project to capture and preserve its archive of historical images in digital form. This launched on 4 March 2009 and includes some of the most iconic polar images by Herbert Ponting, through to daguerreotypes and modern prints and slides.… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 11, 2009 at 8:00 —
Birmingham Library and Archive Services and pleased to announce the acquisition of the The Michael Hallett / Stefan Lorant Archive. This body of material relates to the specific area of picture journalism (modern photojournalism) collected by Michael Hallett between 1990 and 2007. It represents the most significant collection of ephemera and publications relating to Stefan Lorant outside of the United States.
Within this archive there are two sub-areas: the first relating to Stefan… Continue
Added by Pete James on March 9, 2009 at 10:26 —
In a generous move Kodak has donated its British company archives to the British Library
and its research department's library to De Montfort University
in Leicester. The donations safeguard the material in perpetuity as the company continues its worldwide reorganisation. The material comes from the company's British corporate headquarters and the company's… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 3, 2009 at 8:30 —
The National Media Museum has praised its collaboration with Flickr, the online photograph sharing website...Joanna Drag reported in the British Journal of Photography
The full article is available by clicking here
. Part of the article is reproduced below:
Initially started by the US Library of Congress and Flickr in January 2008, the project aims to give the public easier… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 2, 2009 at 20:00 —
The National Media Museum in Bradford has shown an increase of 4 per cent in visitors. The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
survey showed 745,857 people visited the museum in 2008 compared with 2007. The museum, which has had free admission since it first opened in 1983, has seen a gradual increase in visitor numbers over recent years as new galleries have been opened and existing ones refurbished, reversing a previous… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 27, 2009 at 14:00 —
A remarkable collection of autochromes, photographs and diascopes by Mary Olive Edis Balsworth (1876-1955), whose self-portrait is shown right, is being offered at auction on 5 March 2009. All of the items have been at Edis's studio and house in Sheringham since her death under the ownership of Cyril Nunn and, until now, rarely seen. The autochomes include a number of rare Canadian scenes.
Nunn died last year and recently Olive's collection of Sheringham and Norfolk… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2009 at 21:30 —
Since the practical invention of photography in the 1840s, Scotland has been at the centre of the history and development of the medium. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery – which houses the Scottish National Photography Collection – and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, hold outstanding collections of photographic art spanning three centuries. Included are figures such as D.O. Hill and Robert Adamson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Thomas Annan, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2009 at 21:00 —
This is the title of a new publication from the long-established photography dealer and collector Robert Hershkowitz. 2008. The book begins with an introducution to Hershkowitz's relationship with British calotype and salt print photography before illustrating full-page fifty photographs. These range from Roger Fenton, Thomas Sutton, Calvert Jones, Linneaus Tripe, Thomas Keith, Clifford and others. The illustrations do the original prints full justice.
The book, text plus fifty… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 12, 2009 at 20:30 —
Working with elementary school students in Detroit, Michigan as a volunteer for the past 5 years has been and still is an exciting way for me to share my research on Anna Atkins and her book , Photographs of British Algae; Cyanotype Impressions. My middle school students in Birmingham, Michigan have marveled at the images of their photograms as they appeared and then washed them in the school bathroom. I have been working on a biography about Anna Atkins to share with young adults. Larry… Continue
Added by Antiquarianphotographer on February 7, 2009 at 15:29 —
Birmingham Central Library has been awarded £11,750 by The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity, to purchase prints by two of the leading British documentary photographers of the 1970s, who were inspired by amateur Victorian photographer Sir Benjamin Stone.
The acquisition includes a total of twenty-four photographs by Daniel Meadows and Homer Sykes, who documented the lives, customs and festivals of British people some eighty years after Stone toured the country… Continue
Added by Pete James on February 6, 2009 at 21:22 —
The location of Bradford for the National Museum of Photgraphy, Film and Television
(now the National Media Museum) was always a bit problematic for Britain's London-centric visitors and arts community - notwithstanding the fact that there are almost as many potential visitors within an hour travel time of Bradford as there are to London. Overseas tourists unless they are persistent are reluctant to take a three hour train ride; scholars wishing to access the museum's collections have no… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 1, 2009 at 8:00 —
The National Media Museum is seeking a Creative Director - Exhibitions
of international calibre to develop and deliver an exciting, enhanced vision for the content of its temporary exhibitions programme, as it delivers on its goal to be the best museum in the world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media. Key to this goal is the ambition to create a showcase gallery in London to raise the profile of the Museum with new audiences in the nation's capital and to… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2009 at 12:00 —
Alison Morrison-Low wrote a review of this book for the Times High Education Supplement
which can be found by clicking here
The first part of the review is below. The exhibition on which the book is based will be at the Albertina in Vienna from 20 March and should be worth visiting.
A lavish catalogue illuminates the secrets of scientific… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2009 at 11:00 —