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June 2011 Blog Posts (40)

Wanted: Dead or Alive. Reward: up to $1,000,000

Well, a tintype will do, in fact.

That is if you are in possession of the only authenticated photograph of the outlaw known to exist which is a 130-year-old tintype of Billy the Kid. This credit-card-sized tintype of William H. McCarty, alias William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid is widely regarded as the most important photograph of the American…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 19, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Job: Digital Marketing Executive (NMeM)

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, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

Working across both the National Media Museum…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 18, 2011 at 11:04 — No Comments

Riley Brothers: The Magic Lantern firm

According to the Yorkshire Film Archive, the magic lantern manufacturer, Riley Brothers, operated out of 55 & 57 Godwin Street, Bradford. They produced a machine called the…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 18, 2011 at 10:47 — 1 Comment

Capturing the Light in 2013

Roger Watson's book about the race between two eccentric characters on either side of the English Channel in the 1830s to develop the world's first photograph has been acquired by the publishers, Pan Macmillan. This non-fiction work features English polymath Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre in France as they raced to claim the new technology and techniques.

Entitled…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 16, 2011 at 11:11 — No Comments

National Monuments Records new collection guide

Ian Leith reports that a new version of the English Heritage/National Monuments Record guide to the archive is now available online. The 48 pages guide details the mainly photographic & measured drawings holdings of the NMR up to early 2011 and is a selective guide to main holdings. Go to:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 15, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Visual Literacy event

Following on from the success of the 2009 Visual Literacy Series Staging, Manipulation and Photographic Truth, this year the Society will be holding two major events based on Photography and the City. Details of the first are below.

London: 18th June 2011 in partnership with the University of Westminster. Andy Golding and Eileen Perrier will focus on how to think through the production of photographic projects, how to contextualise the city, its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 15, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

London Street Photography Festival 2011

World-class photography takes over London’s most celebrated venues, large and small, for the festival’s inaugural year. The London Street Photography Festival launches this summer to celebrate the time-honoured genre. An exciting new addition to London’s cultural calendar, the festival, 1st-31st July 2011, features curated exhibitions alongside a diverse events programme…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 14, 2011 at 9:37 — No Comments

Links for the historians.

Dear All,

I have included a couple of links that might be of interest. 

http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com/about

It is quite American but very interesting. You can access them form itunes or the website. I have listened to a lot of them and leaned a great deal.

http://www.picturehistory.com/product/id/8403 

This…

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Added by Nicholas Brewer on June 13, 2011 at 10:12 — 1 Comment

London Street Markets in the 1940s by Walter Joseph

Having been recently acquired by the British Library, these images by Walter Jospeh will become a valued public record of the post war period and the hardships and pleasures Londoners faced.

Joseph (1922-2003) was born in Darmstadt to an Orthodox Jewish couple. He fled Germany as a young man in 1939 (his twin brothers following shortly after) and came to England. As a…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 12, 2011 at 18:25 — 2 Comments

Publication: The Pencil of Nature

Originally published as a serial between 1844 and 1846, The Pencil of Nature was the first book to be illustrated entirely with photographs. Early enthusiast William Henry Fox Talbot hoped to spur public interest in photography—but was forced to cease publication after just six installments. In its time, The Pencil of Nature was not a commercial success.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2011 at 12:23 — 2 Comments

The Tate Gallery and photography

The British Journal of Photography carries an extensive interview with Simon Baker, the Tate Gallery's, first curator of photography. It outlines the Tate's future collecting and exhibitions plans. See:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 11, 2011 at 8:42 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Historical Chinese photography

Quaritch is hosting a wonderful exhibition of highlights from the Terry Bennett collection until Saturday (see: http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/exhibition-early-chinese) in their former premises in Lower John Street close to Paccadilly Circus and Soho. At an informal…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Reports by the Juries brings £180,000 at auction

One of fifteen sets of the Reports by the Juries (1852) given by the Commissioners of the Great Exhibition of 1851 to William Henry Fox Talbot and presented by him to his daughter Matilda sold at auction in London today for £216,000 including buyer's premium (£180,000 hammer price). The successful bidder was the London-based dealer, author and collector of middle…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2011 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Job: RPS seeks Director General

The Royal Photographic Society, has announced that its Director General, Stuart Blake, will be retiring in the coming months. Society President, Rosemary Wilman, acknowledged Mr Blake's more than 20 years' distinguished service, initially as finance officer and since 2004 combining this role with that of Director General. The Society’s Trustees are now in the process of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 6, 2011 at 16:48 — No Comments

The Bicknell Album of Hill & Adamson

How would you like to view 100 exquisite salt prints of Hill & Adamson’s most celebrated images from 1843 to 1847? Well, the Bicknell Album which is the only known large presentation album of their work still in private hands will be on exhibit in London shortly.

All other known Hill & Adamson albums are in permanent public collections. Hill himself personally…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 6, 2011 at 11:44 — No Comments

Job: Cataloguer Britain From Above Project

The Britain from Above Project will make accessible approximately 95,000 images dating from 1919 to 1953 from the Aerofilms Collection. This important historic aerial archive was acquired by a partnership of English Heritage, and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and Scotland in 2007 and illustrates the changing face of Britain throughout…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2011 at 10:13 — No Comments

Exhibition: Early Chinese Photography (1844-1911)

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2011 at 10:01 — No Comments

Exhibition: Walking Pictures

One exhibition that might not come across your radar is Snaps Walking Pictures at Bridlington until 3 August 2011. Easy On The Eye have a display of walking picture images running from April 16 – August 3 2011 at Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington, East Yorkshire. I have also done an online gallery of the images for people who might be interested (“Snaps” Walking Pictures…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2011 at 9:53 — No Comments

Eminent professor joins DMU Photographic History Research Centre

As already reported here in brief Elizabeth Edwards, who has published extensively over the last 30 years in the areas of photography, history and visual anthropology, will join De Montfort University (DMU) as the first Director of the Photographic History Research Centre.

Many of Professor Edwards’ edited books and monographs – such as Photography and Anthropology (1992), and Raw Histories (2001) – have become required reading across the subjects of photographic…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2011 at 7:46 — No Comments

Job: NMeM - Marketing and PR Assistant

National Media Museum - 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, we aim to engage, inspire and educate about the world of media.

You will provide wide-ranging support to the Marketing and PR team, from general admin through to collating press cuttings and distributing marketing materials. It’s the perfect opportunity to build your knowledge of marketing and PR,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2011 at 12:02 — No Comments

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