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April 2010 Blog Posts (20)

V&A Photography Gallery: The Other Britain Revisited

The Victoria & Albert Museum's Photography Gallery's annual redisplay opens from 30 April 2010 and features many recent acquisitions. Accompanying this is The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society.

More here: www.vam.ac.uk/photography

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments

NMeM tight-lipped over funding

Amateur Photographer magazine reports that election rules mean that the National Media Museum is barred from saying whether it fears government cutbacks may scupper its plan to open a base in London.



The NMM, which is Britain's flagship photography museum, has yet to confirm whether it has been granted government funding for the project which is expected to see the creation of 1500m2 of exhibition galleries at a location in the capital yet to be named.



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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2010 at 7:19 — No Comments

NMeM seeks a Major Projects Manager

Working closely with the Senior Project Manager, you’ll lead internal and external stakeholders to ensure major projects are completed on time and budget. Whether managing external supplier contracts, overseeing the CDM process or co-ordinating the delivery of work packages, you’ll inspire project teams to buy into our vision and deliver a great standard of work.

Coming from a similar role, you’ll already have experience of working with major funding bodies, managing budgets…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2010 at 21:58 — No Comments

The Doctor, The Photographs & The Court Case of 1877

Most of you (myself included !) would have first encountered the Irish philanthropist, Dr Thomas Barnado (1845-1905), as your local High Street charity shop. But what did he have in common with photography and a court case brought against him in 1877 ? Well, his name may not spring to mind instantly amongst the names of early photographers, but perhaps deserves to.



In 1874 Dr. Barnardo opened a Photographic Department in his Stepney Boys' Home. Over the next thirty years every child… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 22, 2010 at 9:34 — No Comments

'Shaping the History of Photography' sympoisum

September 30-October 2, 2010

The symposium springs from Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, the Ransom Center’s exhibition of this foundational collection of the medium’s history. Curators, collectors, historians, and photographers will participate in a series of panel discussions that focus on the areas in photography on which the Gernsheims had such impact—collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and historiography. Leaders in their fields will consider the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2010 at 10:45 — 1 Comment

Exploring the Port of London archive

ARCHIVES chronicling 250 years of riverside history are set to go on display.



The Port of London Authority (PLA) archive, which includes more than a kilometre of documents and records, will be catalogued in a programme expected to last three years. Work will begin at The Museum of London Docklands, situated near to Canary Wharf, compiling the data electronically so that on completion it will be accessible via the internet.



Claire Frankland, museum archivist, said: "The PLA… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2010 at 10:09 — No Comments

National Media Museum wayfaring

There is a report and assessment of Carter Wong and Bolton Signs signage work at the National Media Museum here: http://www.commarts.com/exhibit/national-media-museum.html

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2010 at 7:33 — No Comments

Illustrated London News archive goes online

A unique visual archive of 19th century Victorian Britain, including illustrations and photographs of events ranging from the Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Boer war, will be available online for the first time from today. The Illustrated London News archive holds 250,000 pages and as many as three quarters of a million illustrations, from as far back…

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Added by Michael Wong on April 15, 2010 at 10:33 — No Comments

MA Course: Photographic History and Practice

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, is currently recruiting students for the second year of its innovative MA programme in photographic history. The course offers a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme of study and provides a series of modules ranging from photography and theory to practical work in photographic archives.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 1842-Today

One can't mention India without mentioning China these days. So bear with me, here goes ....



A new photobook (ISBN-13: 9780670080908) published by Penguin entitled "Shanghai : A History in Photographs, 1842-Today" will hit the shelves tomorrow. Produced by Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Liu Heung Shing, and Karen Smith, an internationally renowned… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 12, 2010 at 18:52 — 1 Comment

NMeM seeks web content co-ordinator

Web Content Co coordinator £22,500, Bradford. Fixed term until 1st April 2012. 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.

We are looking for a Web Content…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2010 at 12:19 — No Comments

The Artful Pose : Early Studio Photography in Mumbai- c. 1855-1940

May not be entirely British, but still a worthy book to add to the collection of a photo-historian wanting to know more about the history and evolution of early studio photography in India.



Photography arrived in the harbour city of Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) as early as 1840, via trade, as well as through European explorers and government officials. With the establishment of India's first photographic society in the city in 1854, the medium was…
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Added by Michael Wong on April 11, 2010 at 16:22 — No Comments

Skills of the wet collodion photographer

I am looking for a little advice!
As the wet collodion plate was coated by the operator, what advice was given in the literature on techniques to produce an even coating. Was the plate tilted and rotated, or spun? Was there a recommendation on the viscosity of the liquid?
I believe it may have been brushed on producing characteristic streak marks.
Any thoughts or even first hand experiences?
Ta
John Davies

Added by John Davies on April 9, 2010 at 12:36 — 1 Comment

The Platinotype Company's 'Palladiotype' paper, ca. 1917

Introduced commercially by William Willis in 1917 as a substitute for printing in platinum, whose use was embargoed by wartime government, palladium has since grown in its application, and is now widely practised. Does any collection have a copy of the Platinotype Company's original instructions for the use of their commercial Palladiotype paper, or any other relevant information, please? I am researching the early history, use and problems of the process.

Added by Mike Ware on April 9, 2010 at 9:25 — 1 Comment

Snapshots of a Life Less Ordinary – John Dillwyn Llewelyn

Following on from the blog creator's article on the bicentennial celebration of John Dillwyn Llewelyn's birthday this year, Robin Turner of WalesOnline has written a column of this man's historic contribution to British photography which can be found here:…

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Added by Michael Wong on April 8, 2010 at 18:18 — No Comments

George Bernard Shaw's photography collection

Man and Cameraman is a project to conserve, catalogue, digitise and promote the photographic collection of George Bernard Shaw. Shaw collected around 16,000 photographs taken by himself and others and these…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 8, 2010 at 17:54 — 1 Comment

With a Little Help from an Old Victorian Photograph ...

As a group of specialist workmen refurbish part of the historic Manor House at Mount Grace Priory, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, it was reported today that a photograph showing some of the original skilled workers has been donated by an anonymous visitor. The current work at the Manor House is part of a £150,000 project by English Heritage to restore two rooms, which were given an Arts and Crafts make over in…

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Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2010 at 23:50 — No Comments

The Dark Art of Cut and Paste

Click on the link below (or copy & paste), and enjoy a slide show & overview of some of the highlights featured at the Met Museum's current exhibition 'Playing with Pictures':



http://www.slate.com/id/2245975/slideshow/2246537/fs/0//entry/2246536/…



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Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2010 at 23:24 — No Comments

NMeM seeks Membership Executive

Our aim is to create a museum that engages people as it evolves. Our membership scheme is an exciting part of that vision. Your role is to implement a marketing strategy that promotes Museum membership and encourages our audience to be a part of our future. Through a combination of literature, events and local business liaison, you will help to attract a diverse membership base, grow membership levels and, ultimately, generate maximum income for the Museum.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2010 at 11:47 — No Comments

NMeM to save Fenton photograph

BPH reported that the Culture Minister had placed an export bar on a Fenton orientialist photograph sold at at auction. The Art Newspaper reports that the National Media Museum in Bradford, Britain’s main collection of photography, hopes to raise the money, and a spokeswoman told us it is “assessing potential funding opportunities”.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2010 at 12:05 — 1 Comment

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