The Projection Box has announced details of it's 2009-2010 Essay Awards which carry a first prize of £250 and publication of the winning essay in the journal Early Popular Visual Culture
. The award, now in its third year, aims to encourage new research and thinking into any historical, artistic or technical aspect of popular optical media, including: photography, early cinema, panoramas and dioramas, the magic lantern, shadow theatre and… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 9:33 —
The Magic Lantern Society
has launched The Illustrated Bamforth Slide Catalogue
a searchable DVD and accompanying booklet which records and illustrates the lantern slide sets of the Bamforth company. James Bamforth and Company was the leading producer of Life Model lantern slide set between 1890 and the early 1900s and the DVD describes 1400 slides listing around 20,000 individual slides of which 4003 are illustrated. The DVD… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 9:00 —
The Rothshild Autochromes celebrate the earliest form of colour photography and a new exhibition at Exbury give - some for the first time - a glimpse into the bygone Edwardian era. Lionel de Rothschild was an early exponent of the art of the autochrome, his attention and eye to detail clearly evident in his photographs. Lionel was later to purchase the Exbury Estate in 1919, channelling his energies away from photography and into the development of his lasting legacy - the… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 7:54 —
The programme for this event which takes place 1-3 May 2009 has been announced and is available on the event listing: http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/events/photographic-treasures-of
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2009 at 8:02 —
The National Media Museum in Bradford is advertising for a Collections Access Assistant to work on the Zoltan Glass Collection at a salary of £13,343pa. The job description reads:
Award winning, visionary and truly unique, The National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and new media, including the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, it aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2009 at 16:30 —
The Beijing World Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of photographs of China taken by John Thomson from the archives of the Wellcome Institute in London... reports the Daily Telegraph
newspaper. It will be shown in Liverpool early in 2010. Taken between 1870 and 1871 by the Scottish photographer John Thomson, the images reveal with often startling intimacy a cast of characters from orphans and street gamblers, to beautiful peasant girls and their high-born… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2009 at 6:30 —
Francis Hodgson, Sotheby's head of photographs in London has left the company. A company spokesperson was unable to explain the reasons for his departure but did confirm that the the auction scheduled for 19 May would go ahead with Jocelyn Phillips managing the sale. Hodgson's last sale, held in autumn 2008, had disappointing results, reflecting the global financial clash. Sotheby's also announced this week that they were further reducing lots below $5000 to continue focusing on the top end of… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 9, 2009 at 7:00 —
The National Media Museum is advertising for a web developer at a salary of £23,759.
Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, with a world-leading online presence, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.
You’ll help us enhance… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 8, 2009 at 6:51 —
I am writing a short article on the darker side of photography in Oz during the 19C - very short as we were well behaved in the Colonies! Would anyone have a photo of a Stanhope I may use, with due acknowledgment?
Maybe you could contact me off list at
Added by John Davies on April 7, 2009 at 7:52 —
"My Photo" is much more interesting than my own mug. It's William West Kirkby, the first Anglican missionary to reach the Yukon Territory (in 1859). He was from Lincolnshire and studied at Oxford. In 1861 Kirkby and two Canadian Indian guides canoed down the Mackenzie River, north toward the Arctic Ocean, then up the Peel River to Fort McPherson, and finally west via the Porcupine River to the Hudson's Bay Company post at Fort Yukon. In 1861 Fort Yukon was in Russian America. In 1867 Alaska… Continue
Added by Dick Wood on April 6, 2009 at 8:51 —
Colin Harding, curator of photographic technology at the National Media Museum, has a book due out in June 2009 which compiles a series of 75 articles originally written for the British Black and White Photography
magazine. The cameras, which are sourced from the National Media Museum in Bradford, are arranged in chronological order, with a chapter for each era and a double-page spread devoted to each camera. Each spread has a large photograph of the camera in question, smaller… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 6, 2009 at 7:00 —
Frances Lincoln publishers have announced a new book called A Village Lost and Found
by Brian May and Elena Vidal. The book is scheduled for publication on 8 October at an online price of £35. Brian May's painstaking excavation of exquisite stereo photographs from the dawn of photography transports the reader back in time to the lost world of an Oxfordshire village of the 1850s.
At the book's heart is a reproduction of T R Williams' 1856 series of stereo photographs… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2009 at 7:00 —
The Scarborough Evening news reports....
Images taken by celebrated Victorian photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe that have never been seen before have been restored to their former glory.
The Sutcliffe Gallery, in Flowergate, Whitby, owns the rights to Sutcliffe's 1,600 images, which depict people and places around the Whitby area. Now the gallery owner, Mike Shaw, has painstakingly restored 200 of his photographs in time for the gallery's 50th… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2009 at 7:00 —
Photographic History - XIX century (...1839/1900)
Anthology - Chronology - Events - Dates - Facts - Original Texts
Added by Manuel Magalhaes on March 30, 2009 at 10:57 —
Gentlemen, my great pleasure to research with you - Imagine, had we had access to google search when we began our careers?? Two words typed into google: Bridal Daguerreotypes brought three photography afficionados together. I began this morning determined to learn as much about this stunning bridal daguerreotype as I am able. I have no external clues. The work was purchased many years ago. It is framed, so no preserver or case for clues. I have… Continue
Added by JanetLehr on March 28, 2009 at 13:43 —
The British Journal of Photography
's blog reports more on the NMeM's London presence and takes a little further the comment posted here in January
. The BJP notes that three spaces have been allocated at London's Science Museum: one for large scale exhibitions, one for smaller scale exhibitions and a retail space, and will open in 2011.
The museum will not confirm details but hope to… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2009 at 13:30 —
The two shortlists have been announced for the 2009 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. A winner from each category will share a prize fund of £10,000. They will be announced during an awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank, London, on Thursday 23 April.
The shortlisted titles for the 2009 And/or Photography Book Award are:
• Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2009 at 12:30 —
Note has already been made of this exhibition under 'Events'. A review has appeared in The Independent
newspaper on 25 March and written by Hannah Duguid and a small part is reproduced below. The exhibition is open until 19 April.
It took Thomas Annan three years to take 31 photographs inside the city centre slums of Glasgow during the late 1860s. Only rarely did the pale Scottish sun provide the light he needed for his large plate camera. Conditions may have been appalling… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 25, 2009 at 17:30 —
The British Library has put online an exhibition of photographically illustrated books. The development of photographically illustrated books parallels the explosion in communications technology during the 19th century. In a period of unprecedented advances in science, exploration, travel, tourism and industry, photography provided an exciting, innovative and accurate alternative to conventional methods of book illustration, such as woodcuts, etchings and engravings.… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2009 at 22:20 —
An unparalleled collection of documents and photographs charting the development of photography from a gentlemen’s pursuit to a mass popular pastime has been donated to the British Library and De Montfort University.
The Kodak Ltd Archive, dates back more than 120 years and represents a treasure trove of primary material for historians and researchers of the history of photography.
Kodak Ltd’s British company archives have been handed to the British Library and… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on March 19, 2009 at 7:30 —