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Job: Pitt Rivers Museum: Project Cataloguing Assistant

Project Cataloguing Assistant Grade 3: £17,111 - £19,743

Full time fixed term appointment until 31st August 2011

The Pitt Rivers Museum is seeking a Project Cataloguing Assistant to work with the Museum’s Photographic Collection as part of a project funded by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. The post holder will work as part of a team to enhance and extend the Museum’s catalogue of photographs relating to the United Arab… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 8, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Seeing the Unseen: Photographs and films by Harold E. Edgerton

Ikon presents Seeing the Unseen, a revisit of the gallery’s 1976 exhibition of high-speed photographs by the pioneering American scientist and photographer Dr Harold E. Edgerton (1906-1990). Forming part of Ikon’s retrospective of the 1970s It Could Happen To You, this presentation takes place in Birmingham’s Pallasades Shopping Centre, in a shop unit just a few doors away from Ikon’s home during that…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2010 at 21:32 — No Comments

British cameras feature in the Dr Dinesh Parekh collection

If you'd missed out on the recent Lothrop auction, fear not as there is another sale of landmark cameras, including British ones. Carried out by the largest Australian auction house, Leonard Joel, the Dr Dinesh Parekh Camera Collection will be on offer on Sunday 18th July 2010.…


Added by Michael Wong on July 7, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Photoworks seeks a new Director

Photoworks, the UK’s leading agency for photography is seeking to appoint a new Director following the appointment of David Chandler as Professor of Photography at the University of Plymouth.

The new Director will provide artistic vision, leadership and ambition for the organisation, building on its outstanding achievements of the last decade and taking it forward into a new and exciting period of further development. This post demands exceptional leadership…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2010 at 5:39 — No Comments

Everlasting Moments: A Paean to Early Photography

Firstly, I can safely assume that everyone who follows BPH has a passion for photography - be it historic or otherwise. So I guess I can be excused for posting this blog which is about a movie. Yes, a movie and it's Swedish too - sorry !

No sex, violence or action of any sort, I'm afraid

Added by Michael Wong on July 5, 2010 at 15:41 — No Comments

The Art of Photography: From the Beginnings to Now

Time to redeem myself by posting something British !

You will find details of a short course at the V&A exploring the work of classic photographers including William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Steiglitz, Bill Brandt, Man Ray, Ansel Adams and Cartier-Bresson, as well as contemporary photography from the 1970s onwards by Bechers, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth and Gregory Crewdson at the BPH 'Events' section… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 5, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Last Muster: Rare 19th-Century Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, CdV

As it was America's Independence Day yesterday, I think I can be forgiven for posting this recently published (non-British!) book which celebrates the history of the American Revolution, the early republic, and those Americans who lived long enough to have their pictures taken at the dawn of photography.

The… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 5, 2010 at 11:00 — No Comments

London Lives: An online archive into 18th century Britain

I'm not sure if this recently published archive is useful to those photo historians wishing to trace the ancestry of some early photographers, as it focuses on those at the bottom rung of London society between 1690 to 1800! But I thought I'd post it, just in case.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

A rare find of an original 1839 daguerreotype

Picture the scenario:

Museum: Curator, back room, dark corner, faded shoebox.

Inside shoebox: paper-wrapped, gold-framed daguerreotype depicting Paris's Pont Neuf spanning the River Seine.

Back of frame: Handwritten with the date '1839' - the dawn of photography.…

Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments

Call For Papers. (De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.

Call For Papers.

(De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.

September 10th 2010, School of the Arts Loughborough University, UK.…


Added by Mort Marsh on June 29, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Top price for Lincoln carte de visite

Continuing with the carte de visite theme, but American, though, the highest-selling item in a recent auction of Lincoln family ephemera this month was an autographed Abraham Lincoln carte de visite which easily surpassed its US$10/20,000 estimate by selling for US$38,775.

The lot - a signed portrait of Lincoln from a negative originally taken by… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 26, 2010 at 19:17 — No Comments

Job: Academic Assistant - Photographic Collection

Academic Assistant - Photographic Collection (1 year). The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London University of London

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 26, 2010 at 18:42 — No Comments

Photographers of Great Britain 1840-1940 database

Hello all

A new website was launched last year but it is still being refined that contains probably the largest database in existence of British and Irish photographers

Although specific content requires payment to help cover the costs of setting up and maintaining the site (and collection used to produce it) there is an increasing amount of free content such as the biographies of British… Continue

Added by Marcel Safier on June 26, 2010 at 4:16 — 1 Comment

Victorian artwork takes pride of place at Kingston’s new riverfront development

As part of a revamp of the original Bishop’s Palace House situated next to the listed Kingston Bridge at Kingston upon Thames, the developers have used a facade screen which shows work by Eadweard Muybridge.

Let's hope this will set the trend for future developers to feature this, rather than just plain,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 25, 2010 at 22:01 — No Comments

Authenticity of early Muybridge's photos questioned

In a walk-through of the current landmark exhibition "Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change" in Washington (coming to Tate Britain this September), Getty Museum's distinguished former curator of photographs, Weston Naef, noted some startling observations to lead him to conclude that some early Muybridge photos may not be taken by him.

Instead, Naef suggested they were done by others, whilst Muybridge merely published them.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 24, 2010 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Poster collection goes on Flickr

The Poster Collection at PARC is in the process of being uploaded to Flickr. The archive holds over 300 posters dating from 1974, mostly of photographic exhibitions, from small independent galleries including Half Moon Gallery, Impressions Gallery, Cockpit Gallery Holborn to The Photographers Gallery and large institutions such as Tate, V&A Museum and the National Portrait Gallery and is a fascinating resource. This is an ongoing process with 75 images of posters already uploaded so keep… Continue

Added by Belinda May on June 23, 2010 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Niepce in England conference - Now Booking

The National Media Museum has released booking details of the Niépce in England conference which takes place at the museum on 14-15 October 2010. Details are given below...



Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2010 at 19:38 — No Comments

NMeM Job: Duty Manager

Job Description:

Duty Manager, Bradford: Full-time position

£19,000 per annum, increasing to £20,000 on successful completion of probationary period

The National Media Museum’s eight galleries and three cinemas attract over 700,000 visitors every
year. You’ll lead the…

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 22:09 — No Comments


Hello All,
I have recently acquired a cdv size albumen print, circa 1860,of a genre scene.
The man in the photo looks very much like Rejlander.
Any comments appreciated.

Added by Meir Berk on June 21, 2010 at 19:55 — 1 Comment

Michael Faraday's notes at auction

As a chemist, Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was also interested in the new art of photography and

corresponded with scientists on the subject. He was photographed an extraordinary number of times. The photographs of Faraday held in the Institute of Engineering and Technology Archives include a very early example of a calotype (an early photographic process where the image is produced on paper… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

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