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June 2012 Blog Posts (28)

Job: Media Space, Audience and Programme Developer

Media Space, delivered collaboratively by the Science Museum, London and the National Media Museum, Bradford, is the Science Museum’s new space for adults, opening in Spring 2013. It will present an engaging series of exhibitions, accompanied by a creative learning programme.

Media Space will allow audiences…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2012 at 5:24 — No Comments

Photo Archive: People's Collection Wales

A new photo archive, run by both the National Museum and the National Library of Wales, is now available online. This bilingual site, which has a collection of over 38,000 items, shows how the high streets in Wales looked before they came to be dominated by national chain stores.

Organisers of the collection are hoping people in villages, towns…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 6, 2012 at 18:52 — 1 Comment

1860s Unknown "Canary" Photographer in Egypt

Do any of you recognize this unknown British stereophotographer who did a 200-card series up the Nile c.1868-1870?  I call him the "Canary" photographer because of the yellow mounts, but they have no publisher or backlabel.  High quality with interesting legends, so might be someone significant.  It has been suggested that it is Francis Wentham, who accompanied Frith on his…

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Added by George L Mutter on June 4, 2012 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Commander Arthur FitzGerald Cochrane (1888-1967)

Several years ago I came into possession of two tin trunks that were found in the attic of an old house in my hometown of Sarnia, ON.  One trunk was full of correspondence and the other was full of glass and film negatives.  After much reading and additional research, I was able to identify the photographer as being Royal Naval Commander Arthur FitzGerald Cochrane…

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Added by John S. Rochon on June 2, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Auction: Coburn's New York

Chiswick Auctions has a copy of Coburn's New York with a forward by H G Wells coming up on 12 June.  The detailed description is here: COBURN, Alvin Langdon (1882-1966, photographer). New York ... With a Foreword by H. G. Wells. London: Duckworth & Co., and New York: Brentano's, [1909]. Folio (408 x 308mm). Half title, 20 photogravure plates by Alvin…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2012 at 20:56 — No Comments

Birmingham: Photography, the Archive and the City

The imminent move of the city’s photographic archive to a new purpose-built facility provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the complex interrelationship between photography, the archive and the city. It is with this in mind, and informed by debates about the changing nature of photography in the digital age, that Birmingham City University and Birmingham Central…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2012 at 20:47 — No Comments

Auction: 1860 Welsh photo album by Edward Williams

A Victorian album  showing local people, ranging from the local barber to policeman, dressed in their Sunday best, and local scenes in Bala and Llanuwchllyn around the 1860s will be up for auction. Found in a lady's attic in Shropshire, the images are marked as taken by a local photographer - Edward Williams - although some of the prints note he was based in Bala,…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 1, 2012 at 18:47 — 2 Comments

Book: John Saché: Photographer in British India

I have just produced a small monograph on the life of John Edward Saché; one of the more important photographers working in 19th century India.  From the mid-1860s through until his death in 1882, he operated a variety of studios, in towns across northern India, and in that time, produced well over 1000 fine topographical views, architectural and portrait…

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Added by Hugh Ashley Rayner on June 1, 2012 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

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