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May 2011 Blog Posts (44)

World's most expensive camera

Just as when you thought the world's first commercially produced camera, a daguerreotype, dating from 1839 and bearing the rare signature of its French inventor which sold at auction in Vienna last year for…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 30, 2011 at 22:45 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Photography, Community, Memory in Belfast

Photography, Community and Memory in the Belfast Exposed Collection - AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship Award. Based on the community photography archive established at Belfast Exposed in the early 1980s, this project has the following aims: to understand how the collection has developed in a changing social, cultural and political context, to explore the contemporary cultural value of the collection for communities and audiences in Belfast and beyond; to situate the work in… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: National Media Museum interpretation

MediaLive: Towards a Sustainable Live Interpretation Delivery Model for the National Media Museum, Bradford. University of Leeds. This AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) offers a unique opportunity to pursue a fully-funded PhD with one of the UK's major national museums (the National Media Museum, Bradford) in collaboration with academics from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries (PCI) at the University of Leeds. The award continues the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

W.Eugene Smith & Ghost Signs

I saw a brief piece about this incredible photographer on the 'Genius of Photography' that piqued my interest. A deeply flawed individual with a troubled past. His father committed suicide when he was just a teenager and he…

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Added by Nicholas Brewer on May 29, 2011 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Job: Photography Conservator (The Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

As part of the Digital Center for Americana initiative, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is undertaking a processing, cataloging, conservation, and digitization project involving twenty-one ethnic history collections. These collections span over three hundred years and document a diverse range of ethnic groups and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 28, 2011 at 18:17 — No Comments

English 'Dr Who' creates time travel in Toronto

ZeitagTO, a free app available for the iPhone and iPad, aims to pull local history out of climate-controlled government archives and into the hands of those who are curious to see the Toronto that was by showcasing various images based on your location within the city.

Gary Blakeley, a…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 28, 2011 at 18:16 — No Comments

Symposium: Photographing the City

Photographing the City builds on the
success
of
the
2009
Visual
Literacy
Series
–
Staging,
Manipulation
and
Photographic
Truth. This
year
there
will
be
two
major
events
based
on
Photography
and
the
City.

Andy
Golding
and
Eileen
Perrier
will
focus
on
how
to
think
through
the
production
of
photographic
projects,
how
to


contextualise
the
city,
its
development
and
inhabitants
and
consider
ways
in
which
the
city
and
its
social
…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 24, 2011 at 20:35 — No Comments

2012-2013 Research Fellowships

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards over 50 fellowships to support projects that demonstrate the necessity of substantial on-site use of its collections by applicants. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature,…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 24, 2011 at 18:07 — No Comments

Two postgraduate grants to attend 'Polar Visual Culture'

RE: Two Postgraduate Grants to Attend Polar Visual Culture: An International Conference

 

Dear Colleagues,

                        The School of Art History at the University of St Andrews is offering two small grants of £100 each to eligible postgraduate students from outside higher education institutions to attend the forthcoming conference Polar Visual Culture: An International Conference. This conference will take place on June 17th…

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Added by Luke Gartlan on May 24, 2011 at 11:59 — No Comments

Homeless, beer & early photography

When thinking about homeless people and beer, negative connotations can’t help but arise in your mind. However, this may all change as members of Cambridge's homeless community have created a series of photographs using pinhole cameras made from beer cans. Photographer Mark…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 22, 2011 at 15:19 — No Comments

London’s East End archived

Projects to catalogue the picture archives of the renowned East End photographer Phil Maxwell and the Morning Star newspaper, formerly the Daily Worker, have been started by archivists in the City of London. The collections are being made ready to go online by the prestigious…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 22, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

Harry Hammond (1920-2009): The Birth of British Rock Photography

Photographs by legendary photographer Harry Hammond celebrating the birth of British rock are part of a new exhibition now on show.  Hammond, who died aged 88, in 2009, was the first great photographer of British rock’n’roll, chronicling the first decade of that music, up to and including the emergence of the…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 22, 2011 at 14:48 — No Comments

Job: Photo Archives Intern (Drew Archival Library, USA)

The Drew Archival Library of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society is seeking a Photo Archives Intern. The Intern will be responsible for cataloging and digitizing two large photographic collections consisting of images dating from the 1840’s to the late 20th century.

Applicants must be in a graduate…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 21, 2011 at 6:03 — No Comments

Photographica Fair 2011: London

Don't forget about the London Photographica Fair this coming weekend (22nd May). It is the UK's largest photographic collectors fair and is organized by a separate sub-committee of the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain.

Having grown from small beginnings a typical Photographica will have…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 20, 2011 at 9:19 — No Comments

Hungarian Research

Just returned from Budapest, where I have been carrying out more research on Iván Szabó, including a visit to the fortress of Komárom which he helped defend against Austrian forces during the siege of 1849. During this visit I was very fortunate to be accompanied by Dr Gyula Kedves, Director of the Military Museum in Budapest, and an expert on both Komárom and the 1848-49 war. Other highlights of the trip included a visit to the Hungarian House of Photographers at Mai Manó Haz in Nagymezõ Utca,… Continue

Added by James Downs on May 19, 2011 at 21:27 — 2 Comments

PhD Studentship: Geographical Projections: Lantern Slides, Science And Popular Geography, 1860-1960

AHRC-Funded Collaborative PhD Studentship Geographical Projections: Lantern Slides, Science And Popular Geography, 1860-1960 University of Exeter Geography, Cornwall Campus (near Falmouth), University of Exeter and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London.



Following the award of an AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship, the University of Exeter, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a doctoral… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2011 at 21:12 — No Comments

Bedford Lemere & Co. 1870-1930

One of London's most iconic landmark - the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - or formerly better known as The Midland Grand Hotel was the last and most extravagant of the great Victorian railway hotels, costing 14 times more than its nearby rival the Great Northern. It opened when the railway…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 19, 2011 at 10:51 — No Comments

Wisbech Photographic Festival

As part of this year's Wisbech Photographic Festival, Peckover House in Wisbech will be showing an exhibition on William Fox Talbot, the British inventor and pioneer of photography. The exhibition…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 19, 2011 at 9:03 — No Comments

Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellowships

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is offering (2) Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellowships in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department. The Parsons Fellows will provide general assistance to the Curator and the Department Head, as well as…

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Added by Michael Wong on May 18, 2011 at 14:52 — No Comments

Shooting 120 film in your Kodak Brownie Twin

I recently discovered and subsequently fell in love with one of these cameras in a charity shop I visited back in February with my fiancée, Cat. She purchased the camera for me for a valentines gift and after a little haggling, we walked away with the camera for the princely sum of £8.  Now I didn't know a lot about these cameras at all. I remember my grandad having what was called a 'Box Brownie' (I now know there are a number of Kodak cameras that fall into this category) but all I knew as…

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Added by Richard Marsden on May 17, 2011 at 20:23 — 1 Comment

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