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April 2014 Blog Posts (29)

Lecture: Anne Lyden - 12 April

Anne Lyden is to give a talk at 1400 on 12 April 2014 at the National Media Museum, Bradford. She will be talking about Frederick Evans.

Lyden is the newly appointed International Photography Curator of the National Galleries of Scotland (see:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 9, 2014 at 8:20 — No Comments

cfp: Archives 2.0 - Saving the Past, Anticipating the Future / 25 & 26 November - UPDATED

The National Media Museum in Bradford is hosting a two-day conference on the challenges and opportunities around the acquisition and management of archives by cultural institutions. Such archives may be still, moving or mixed-format;…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2014 at 12:35 — No Comments

Online: Dallmeyer lens records

A new online resource reproduces the surviving record books in the Dallmeyer archive held at Brent Archives, covering the period 1863-1902. Although the pages are not searchable the photographs of the pages are relatively simple to search. If you are fortunate you will be able to locate a lens serial number, identify what it was made as, who made it, when it was sold and who…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 6, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Nicholas Brothers & A. T. W. Penn

The Nicholas Brothers & A. T. W. Penn: photographers of South India 1855–1885 examines the successful studios established by John and James Perratt Nicholas and Albert Penn in Madras and Ootacamund. The text is illustrated with over 100 plates and 150 figures, the majority of which are published here for the first time. The book further reproduces a catalogue of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 4, 2014 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Publication: Ruskin's lost daguerreotypes

The inspiration for this book was a remarkable purchase made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006 for £75,000 (See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1514218/Mystery-photographs-part-of-Ruskin-collection.html). Ken and Jenny…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 4, 2014 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography

The Photography gallery at London's V&A is showing a special exhibition looking at the history of fashion photography which complements the V&A's major exhibition The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014. 

Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2014 at 13:48 — No Comments

Event: Wet Collodion lecture and demonstration / 10 May

In this lecture the artist/photographer Michael Schaaf will lead you through the wet-collodion process. He’ll discuss the history of collodion photography and its properties and practically demonstrate how it’s done; from the cleaning of the plates, coating with collodion, sensitising, capturing a picture, developing and then finally the varnishing of the plate with historic…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Christina Broom - Britain's first female press photographer

In celebration of an important acquisition, the Museum of London is displaying a selection of Christina Broom's photography, highlighting Broom's images of the military in London and kick-starting a programme of events marking the centenary of World War One. The original albums were offered at Sotheby's in 2009 where they failed to sell.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2014 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Video: Cooke Optics, Leicester

Cooke Optics, formerly Taylor, Taylor & Hobson and then Rank Taylor-Hobson and Rank Optics has a history back to the 1880s. It is still based in Leicester where it continues to make outstanding lenses for still photography and cinematographic use. 

This video shows the process of manufacture and assembly.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

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