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April 2012 Blog Posts (31)

José Luís Madeira (Jan. 14, 1948 - Apr. 10, 2012)

I regret to inform you that my friend and member of this website José Luís Madeira died on April, 10th. He developed an important work in Portuguese photographic history, at several levels, and left unfinished books and exhibition projects, in particular those concerning Lisbon and Portuguese India photographic history. His death was a severe blow to the knowledge of these subjects in Portugal. I here pay my tribute to the friend and to his work.

Added by Nuno Borges de Araújo on April 13, 2012 at 1:21 — 1 Comment

Media Space - the first view of the space

As reported here ( a benefit auction is being held to raise funds for the National Media Museum's Media Space. Just released are details and the first artist's concept drawing of the space located within the Science Museum, London.

In Spring 2013 the Science Museum and the National Media Museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2012 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Research Awards given...

BPH has just heard that Professor John Hannavy has been awarded a Harry Ransom Fellowship to undertake research studying the Thomas Keith and White photographs in the Gernsheim Collection. As part of his work Hannavy will try and determine which of the images in the Collection attributed to Keith are actually by Dr Thomas Keith.

Separately, news comes that Sara Stevenson, formerly of the Scottish National Photography Collection at the Scottish NPG and now in the Special Collections…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 9, 2012 at 9:14 — No Comments

Muybridge's 182nd birthday

Google celebrates Eadweard Muybridge's 182nd birthday with an animated Google doodle which also links through to further information on this photographer:

See: and …


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

Archive: 60 years of Irish history

Sixty years of Irish history including 2.6 million negatives and key events in Ireland such as the arrival of the Beatles, Princess Grace, Muhammad Ali and John F Kennedy has been preserved by a Dublin photo agency.

Lensmen Press and Public Relations Photographic Agency was set up in Dublin in 1952 by Andy Farren and Padraig MacBrien.  In 1995, Susan Kennedy took over…


Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2012 at 16:49 — No Comments

Website: Early Photography of Japan

Early Photography of Japan is a virtual collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications with over 2,000 images from Widener Library, the Fine Arts Library, and Harvard-Yenching Library. These images primarily document the early history of commercial…


Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2012 at 16:43 — No Comments

TV Programme: Malta and the Richard Ellis Archive

BBC antiques programme Put Your Money where Your Mouth Is discovered a Richard Ellis photograph from c1887 and, for the first time, travelled outside the UK to Malta to reunite the print with the original negative held in the Ellis archive in Valetta, Malta. The Richard Ellis archive contains over 40,000 glass plate negatives each meticulously recorded in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 6, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Library of Birmingham: Reference Works

Much has been written between the pages of BPH of the National Media Museum's new Media Space within London's Science Museum.

But brewing in the background in the West Midlands is a building that will transform the skyline of Birmingham. It is the  revamped Library of Birmingham scheduled to reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. It will…


Added by Michael Wong on April 4, 2012 at 19:15 — No Comments

Conference: The Future of Photography and Photographic Collections

The technological upheaval in photography has not only called into question the definition of photography, but also fundamentally altered the profession of photographer and the use of the medium. 

The complete digitalization of the medium, its production and distribution of images, has shaken - at least in the perception of the broad public - a fundamental…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 4, 2012 at 13:31 — No Comments

Camera Obscura - Nevil Story-Maskelyne

Christie's is offering in an auction of Travel, Science and Natural History on 25 April 2012 a camera obscura 'associated with' Nevil Story-Maskelyne, an early photographer who was close to Henry Fox Talbot and his circle.  The catalogue text reads: 


Jones, mid 19th century 



Added by Michael Pritchard on April 4, 2012 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

Silver Footprint

Recently I watched Silver Footprint a film about legendary black & white printer Robin Bell. The film provides a great opportunity to see this master craftsman demonstrate his skill and vision in the darkroom. Bell has printed for many well-know photographers and so many iconic images have had his expert eye and technical proficiency added to them.

It is available…


Added by Nicholas Brewer on April 2, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

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