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May 2012 Blog Posts (38)

NMeM Life on Line Gallery

Life Online,at the National Media Museum, Bradford, is designed by NRNDesign  The gallery is designed to explore the social, technological and cultural impact of the Internet. This permanent gallery traces the history of the Internet, looking at how it has changed people's lives and tracking…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 17, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

Media Space benefit auction realises £370,200

The Media Space benefit auction held at Christie's last night realised £370,200. After a reception and short speeches from Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum and Michael G Wilson OBE the auctioneer, Philippe Garner of Christie's, knocked down sixty lots. The money raised will be used to support the National Media Museum's new space at London's Science Museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 17, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair

The next London Photograph Fair takes place this Sunday May 20th.
Preview now online at


Added by James Kerr on May 16, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

1890's Halftone Photographic Process Companies London Research Help needed

I am travelling from Australia to London in July to do some research on my Great grandfather's company which produced halftone photograph's  for pubishing in newspapers, journals and books during the 1890's. The name of the photographic process was called Electro-phototypy, the name of the company was Sutton's Process Syndicate Limited and the company was run out of 4 Tokenhouse Buildings London and they had a premesis just around he corner from Fleet St (address unknown). I am wanting to…


Added by Lorayne Branch on May 16, 2012 at 5:19 — 2 Comments

Desperately seeking a Leica 0-Series .....

Well, if you have one lurking in the attic, then you're in luck! (I'm still looking for that Chinese vase, though ....)

This is because another record has been broken at an auction held recently on 12th May 2012 by WestLicht Photographica Auction. Its latest record sale was set by a Leica Null-Serie prototype (also known by the name 0-Series), which sold for the…


Added by Michael Wong on May 15, 2012 at 22:21 — No Comments

Collecting cameras the Aussie way .....

Roger Burrows' regional Victorian home is filled with more than 700 cameras ranging from the 1800s until the 1970s. Beginning with some of the earliest cameras such as a Victorian brass and mahogany Thornton Pickard and a drop-plate box camera, his collection ends at some of the earliest digital cameras.

You can listen listen to…


Added by Michael Wong on May 15, 2012 at 22:07 — No Comments

NMeM / Media Space Benefit Auction - 16 May - UPDATED

Auction house Christie’s is working with the Science Museum and the National Media Museum, Bradford, to present a benefit sale of Photographs 1840s to the Present which will be sold on the evening of Wednesday 16 May to raise funds for the new MEDIA SPACE that will open at the Science Museum in London in Spring 2013. The group offered comprises 61 remarkable…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2012 at 6:00 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present

View Old Master painting through a new lens with London's National Gallery's first major exhibition of photography co-curated by Christopher Riopelle, National Gallery Curator for Post-1800 Painting, and Hope Kingsley from the Wilson Centre for Photography. Opening on 31 October 2012 the exhibition explores work by early photographers from the mid-19th century…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

On a Hill Road... The stereo legacy of a Scottish amateur photographer in 1902

For most of the last 10 years I've been working on a book about a Scottish amateur photographer by the name of Andrew Milne who was my great great uncle. The story and Andrews work may interest readers on this forum. 

As I'm now able to claim some…


Added by Ian Wallace on May 9, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

PhotoCLEC website launch

Photographs are probably the most ubiquitous and far-reaching records of the colonial past. They trace the experiences of a vast range of people touched by European colonial expansion and domination, both colonised and colonisers.How is this record understood in public histories? What is its role in the way contemporary European cultures configure their pasts for the benefit…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2012 at 18:56 — No Comments

Lost Imagery of India Discovered

A century-old collection of photographs of India has been discovered in the RCAHMS archive. The rare and fragile glass plate negatives, which date back to around 1912, show life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

The 178 negatives were found in a shoebox for a pair of grey, size 9,Peter Lord slip-on shoes, and were stored in their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2012 at 5:36 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, International Media Museum, Qatar

Senior Photography Conservator, International Media Museum, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar. The IMM possesses one of the most outstanding and valuable photographic collections in the region and one that ranks with major collections through the world. The photographs are of exceptional quality and span from the 19th century to present. The collection includes photographs…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2012 at 8:46 — No Comments

New Catalogue of Early Travel Photography

To view the publication now, please click the link below:  If a PDF is better for your computer then please let me know. For hard copies also please order one through email.…


Added by Roland Belgrave on May 4, 2012 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Photograph: information wanted

Bob Lansdale and Louise Freyburger are trying to research this image. They writes...We know the name of Regiment – the 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot, stationed in London, Ontario, CANADA at the time of the Fenian Raids (1866-1870). The tintype was found in a letter in a staircase when they demolished an old barracks. It made the newspapers when found in 1947.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2012 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

London Festival of Photography

With just under one month to go before the London Festival of Photography opens the programme is now available. In addition a wonderful range of exhibitions there are two events of particular note. On 21 June John Falconer, Lead Curator at the British Library will be talking on Henry Fox Talbot (see:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2012 at 8:01 — No Comments

Job: Professor or Reader, in the Practice or History and Theory of Photography

Middlesex University is seeking a Professor or Reader in the Practice or History and Theory of Photography. Our vision for the future is clear: to be internationally outstanding in teaching, research and knowledge transfer. We are proud of our research achievements and are looking for over 50 Professors and Readers, alongside Senior Lecturers and Lecturers to further…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2012 at 5:16 — No Comments

NMeM: New blog on the block .....

The National Media Museum has recently revamped its blog giving it a fresh new look and feel, which you can check out here.

Added by Michael Wong on May 2, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Eric Franck donates £1 million+ collection to Tate

A major photographic collection assembled by Eric and Louise Franck has been promised as a donation to Tate it was announced yesterday. The outstanding collection of photographs of London include iconic works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Irving Penn. A selection from the collection, by photographers for whom London was a foreign city, will be exhibited in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 2, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

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