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Open Eye Gallery gets funding for move

Open Eye Gallery, the north west’s only photography gallery, is preparing to move to brand new premises in the heart of Liverpool’s waterfront after receiving a £100,000 award through Arts Council England and the National Lottery.

The new premises on Mann Island will be constructed to allow Open Eye Gallery the opportunity to offer new gallery and education spaces, as well as giving the public access to the gallery’s extensive print collection. Open Eye Gallery is one of the UK’s… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

Art Fund Award for Birmingham Library

Following the recent award of £11,750 to acquire works by Daniel Meadows and Homer Sykes, Birmingham Central Library has been awarded a further £6000 by The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity, to purchase 12 prints Anna Fox, one of the UK’s leading photographers. Work of all three photographers was included in the Legacy section of the recent exhibtion Knight of the Camera: The Photographs of Sir Benjamin Stone (2007)

The works to be acquired come from the series Back… Continue

Added by Pete James on May 6, 2009 at 16:09 — No Comments

2009 And/Or Book Awards winners announced

Jude Law as the assassin/photographer in Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes 2002). In Photography and Cinema David Campany assembles a missing history in which photography and cinema have been each other’s muse and inspiration for over a century. From Photography and Cinema by David Campany (Reaktion Books). © Dream Works Susan Meiselas: In History, edited by Kristen Lubben, and Photography and Cinema by David Campany have won the 2009 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. Acclaimed British film director Terence Davies announced the winners during an awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank on Thursday 23 April. Each author received a £5,000 prize cheque from the Krazsna-Krausz Foundation, the charitable organisation… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 24, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

V&A photography gallery re-display opens 30 April 2009

Exhibition of the photographic Society of London. Charles Thurston Thompson, 1858, albumen print The V&A will unveil a new display of works from its permanent collection of photographs in the Photography Gallery on 30 April. The re-hang will show 60 works including 20 new acquisitions of contemporary photography by artists such as Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane.

A section of the new display will look at the first ever exhibiton of photographs held in a museum, which took place in 1858 at the then South Kensington Museum (now known as the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 23, 2009 at 19:30 — No Comments

Popular Optical Media - prize essay competition

The Projection Box has announced details of it's 2009-2010 Essay Awards which carry a first prize of £250 and publication of the winning essay in the journal Early Popular Visual Culture. The award, now in its third year, aims to encourage new research and thinking into any historical, artistic or technical aspect of popular optical media, including: photography, early cinema, panoramas and dioramas, the magic lantern, shadow theatre and… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 9:33 — No Comments

Bamforth slide catalogue launched

The Illustrated Bamforth Slide Catalogue The Magic Lantern Society has launched The Illustrated Bamforth Slide Catalogue a searchable DVD and accompanying booklet which records and illustrates the lantern slide sets of the Bamforth company. James Bamforth and Company was the leading producer of Life Model lantern slide set between 1890 and the early 1900s and the DVD describes 1400 slides listing around 20,000 individual slides of which 4003 are illustrated. The DVD… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Colours of Another Age

The Rothshild Autochromes celebrate the earliest form of colour photography and a new exhibition at Exbury give - some for the first time - a glimpse into the bygone Edwardian era. Lionel de Rothschild was an early exponent of the art of the autochrome, his attention and eye to detail clearly evident in his photographs. Lionel was later to purchase the Exbury Estate in 1919, channelling his energies away from photography and into the development of his lasting legacy - the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 7:54 — No Comments

RPS/SSHOP Glasgow conference

The programme for this event which takes place 1-3 May 2009 has been announced and is available on the event listing:

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2009 at 8:02 — No Comments

NMeM Collections Access Assistant - job

The National Media Museum in Bradford is advertising for a Collections Access Assistant to work on the Zoltan Glass Collection at a salary of £13,343pa. The job description reads:

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, The National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and new media, including the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, it aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

John Thomson photographs on exhibition

The Beijing World Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of photographs of China taken by John Thomson from the archives of the Wellcome Institute in London... reports the Daily Telegraph newspaper. It will be shown in Liverpool early in 2010. Taken between 1870 and 1871 by the Scottish photographer John Thomson, the images reveal with often startling intimacy a cast of characters from orphans and street gamblers, to beautiful peasant girls and their high-born… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2009 at 6:30 — No Comments

Sotheby's photograph specialist leaves

Francis Hodgson, Sotheby's head of photographs in London has left the company. A company spokesperson was unable to explain the reasons for his departure but did confirm that the the auction scheduled for 19 May would go ahead with Jocelyn Phillips managing the sale. Hodgson's last sale, held in autumn 2008, had disappointing results, reflecting the global financial clash. Sotheby's also announced this week that they were further reducing lots below $5000 to continue focusing on the top end of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 9, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

National Media Museum - job

The National Media Museum is advertising for a web developer at a salary of £23,759.

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, with a world-leading online presence, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

You’ll help us enhance… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 8, 2009 at 6:51 — No Comments


I am writing a short article on the darker side of photography in Oz during the 19C - very short as we were well behaved in the Colonies! Would anyone have a photo of a Stanhope I may use, with due acknowledgment?
Many thanks
John Davies
Maybe you could contact me off list at

Added by John Davies on April 7, 2009 at 7:52 — No Comments

My Photo

"My Photo" is much more interesting than my own mug. It's William West Kirkby, the first Anglican missionary to reach the Yukon Territory (in 1859). He was from Lincolnshire and studied at Oxford. In 1861 Kirkby and two Canadian Indian guides canoed down the Mackenzie River, north toward the Arctic Ocean, then up the Peel River to Fort McPherson, and finally west via the Porcupine River to the Hudson's Bay Company post at Fort Yukon. In 1861 Fort Yukon was in Russian America. In 1867 Alaska… Continue

Added by Dick Wood on April 6, 2009 at 8:51 — No Comments

Classic Cameras book - forthcoming

Classic Cameras by Colin Harding Colin Harding, curator of photographic technology at the National Media Museum, has a book due out in June 2009 which compiles a series of 75 articles originally written for the British Black and White Photography magazine. The cameras, which are sourced from the National Media Museum in Bradford, are arranged in chronological order, with a chapter for each era and a double-page spread devoted to each camera. Each spread has a large photograph of the camera in question, smaller… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 6, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Scenes in our Village - forthcoming

A Village Lost and Found / Brian May and Elena Vidal Frances Lincoln publishers have announced a new book called A Village Lost and Found by Brian May and Elena Vidal. The book is scheduled for publication on 8 October at an online price of £35. Brian May's painstaking excavation of exquisite stereo photographs from the dawn of photography transports the reader back in time to the lost world of an Oxfordshire village of the 1850s.

At the book's heart is a reproduction of T R Williams' 1856 series of stereo photographs… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2009 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

F M Sutcliffe photographs 'restored'

F M Sutcliffe /

The Scarborough Evening news reports....Images taken by celebrated Victorian photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe that have never been seen before have been restored to their former glory.

The Sutcliffe Gallery, in Flowergate, Whitby, owns the rights to Sutcliffe's 1,600 images, which depict people and places around the Whitby area. Now the gallery owner, Mike Shaw, has painstakingly restored 200 of his photographs in time for the gallery's 50th… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Photographic History - XIX century (...1839/1900)
Anthology - Chronology - Events - Dates - Facts - Original Texts

Added by Manuel Magalhaes on March 30, 2009 at 10:57 — No Comments

FP Bride Daguerreotype -

Gentlemen, my great pleasure to research with you - Imagine, had we had access to google search when we began our careers?? Two words typed into google: Bridal Daguerreotypes brought three photography afficionados together. I began this morning determined to learn as much about this stunning bridal daguerreotype as I am able. I have no external clues. The work was purchased many years ago. It is framed, so no preserver or case for clues. I have… Continue

Added by JanetLehr on March 28, 2009 at 13:43 — No Comments

(A little) more on the NMeM London presence

National Media Museum, Bradford The British Journal of Photography's blog reports more on the NMeM's London presence and takes a little further the comment posted here in January. The BJP notes that three spaces have been allocated at London's Science Museum: one for large scale exhibitions, one for smaller scale exhibitions and a retail space, and will open in 2011.

The museum will not confirm details but hope to… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

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