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OWL Stereoscope available

The finest Stereoscope to appear in the last 120 years is the claim made for the British-made and designed Owl stereoscope. It was originally produced to accompany Brian May and Elena Vidal's book on the 1850s photographer T. R. Williams A Village Lost and Found. The Owl is now available to purchase separately and in a range of colours. It works well with traditional stereoscards.



Click here to see and read more and purchase:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 20, 2009 at 6:30 — No Comments

Margaret Watkins - The Forgotten Woman

For those fortunate enough to be in Glasgow before 15th January there is a chance for a rare treat - an opportunity to see the photographs of Margaret Watkins. Born in Canada in the late 19th century Watkins was successful both commercially and artistically as well as being highly regarded by her fellow photographers in New York during the Stieglitz/Steichen era. As the images on view show she was not only a fine portraitist but had a fine eye for still life compositions, many of which pre-date… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2009 at 5:09 — No Comments

Florence Declaration – Recommendations for the Preservation of Analogue Photo Archives

I want to share with all network members this important initiative from the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (apologies for cross-posting):



"The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut wishes to generate a greater understanding of the inescapable value of photographs and analogue archives for the future of studies in historic, human and social sciences. Only integration between the analogue format and the digital format can guarantee the… Continue

Added by Nina Lager Vestberg on December 8, 2009 at 12:28 — 3 Comments

Ifor & Joy Thomas Guildford

My husband photographer Jack Tait & I are involved in research concerning the highly acclaimed teachers at Guildford School of Photography in the 1950s. I shall give all details if anyone out there is interested in helping with a project that gives long overdue honour to this pair who were so important in the history of photography teaching in the UK.

Added by rita tait on December 2, 2009 at 17:59 — 2 Comments

Facing Asia conference 2010: call for papers

This is an international two day conference on early photographers and their studio practices in Asia, and cross-cultural exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to explore the photographic portrait in the first hundred years of the medium in Asia. It intends to promote inter-regional comparative analyses between scholars working in diverse cultural and national contexts. The symposium will not only analyse photographic representations of Asian peoples for the global market, but also… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2009 at 8:15 — No Comments

Job: National Media Museum Development Manager

The National Media Museum in Bradford is committed to raising the national profile and enhancing public perceptions of West Yorkshire as a cultural destination and is seeking a Development Manager to support this,



The National Media Museum, part of the NMSI Museums Group, exists to promote an understanding and appreciation of photography, film, television, radio and the web. The Museum is looking for a skilled Development Manager to lead its fundraising function. The successful… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2009 at 6:52 — No Comments

Unique local photographic archive preserved

Campden & District Historical and Archæological Society has been award an Awards for All grant to bring to life the photographs of Jesse Taylor, the photographer in Chipping Campden from 1896 to 1938. Working in partnership with Gloucestershire Archives, CADHAS is conserving and scanning 1500, mainly half-plate, glass plates depicting of all aspects of life in the town and surrounding villages.



Jesse Taylor was a typical high street photographer taking photographs of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

RPS Historical Group brochure

A resurgent RPS Historical Group has launched a new brochure outlining the remit of the Group and highlighting its activities and aims, as well as emphasising its close links with the RPS Collection now located at the National Media Museum in Bradford. A pdf version of the brochure can be downloaded by clicking here, and there is more on the Group at:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2009 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

Calotype of Indian temple

Hello all,

I wonder whether anyone could help me identify this calotype of an Indian temple?

The handwriting on the verso reminds me of John McCosh's.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Meir

P.S:I thought I should clarify that I am trying to identify the photograper of the calotype.

I know that the temple depicted is the Mandhardevi temple in Wai Taluka in the Satara district in India, where 300 people were killed and 200 injured in a stampede on 25th January… Continue

Added by Meir Berk on November 8, 2009 at 11:10 — 2 Comments

alternative photography

This is a request, for original Victorian photography. I am currently searching for original Victorian glass plate negatives, or ordinary original negatives/photographs of community life.For producing art work with. I am particularly interested in images from Somerset where I have lived for 35 years. I am a practicing artist graduating from Plymouth University in 2007 with a BA (hons) in Fine Art. I specialized in photography. I have recently exhibited for Somerset art weeks 2009. You can… Continue

Added by Janice Sturch-Williams on November 6, 2009 at 15:15 — No Comments

Points of View - Reviewed

Francis Hodgson in the Financial Times provides an insightful review of the British Library's Points of View exhibition: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/304a037c-c89e-11de-8f9d-00144feabdc0.html

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 3, 2009 at 20:46 — No Comments

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography: Workshop 2010

William Henry Fox Talbot is usually remembered as a photographic inventor and influential early voice on photographic aesthetics, but like many of his contemporaries Talbot’s interests covered a wide range of intellectual endeavours. This two-day interdisciplinary workshop will bring together historians of science, art historians, and practitioners of the many scholarly fields to which Talbot contributed. Featuring new research based on Talbot's manuscript collection, recently made available at… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2009 at 16:35 — No Comments

National Media Museum - new signage

London design consultancy Carter Wong has been appointed to design an integrated signage system for the National Media Museum in Bradford, having come through a two-month tender process, put out by museum group NMSI. The NMSI invited the group to tender in August following work it carried out for an orientation map at the Science Museum.



Ten groups applied to the tender and five were shortlisted, according to Carter Wong creative director Phil Carter, who said, ‘A new signage… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

Points of View - Opens

The British Library formally opened it's landmark photography exhibition Points of View last night at a well-attended private view. The exhibiton marks the librarys first ever photographic exhibition. It opens to the public from 9.30am this morning.



At a risk of running out of superlatives Points of View is quite simply the best exhibition that the library has ever put on. It is a large show, but never feels unapproachable. It is well designed and laid out and… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2009 at 8:00 — 2 Comments

Lecture series: Pepper's Ghost II

Further to an earlier posting reporting a series of lectures on early projection and the magic lantern (click here) full details of the programme have been published. The programme can be downloaded by clicking here:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2009 at 8:25 — No Comments

Book launched: A Village Lost and Found

Brian May and Elena Vidal / A Village Lost and Found At the international launch yesterday, Brian May and Elena Vidal presented their book A Village Lost and Found, which brings together the complete annotated collection of the original 1850s stereoscopic photograph series Scenes in Our Village by T. R. Williams. A full report and review of the book will appear here shortly. The launch was held at Hinton Waldrist, the village where T. R. Williams originally made the series of photographs.



For the young Brian… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Workshop series: Wedgwood to Bromoil

Terry King writes...As people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the ability of digital photography to meet their creative needs, there is a corresponding revival of interest in the craftsmanship and the aesthetic of the hands-on or alternative photography included my Wedgwood to Bromoil course of workshops. Examples of processes included in the workshop can be found on www.hands-on-pictures.com.The course gives everyone hands-on practical experience.



The excitement of the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2009 at 3:04 — No Comments

Birmingham Seen, Art and Photography 1820 - 2009

Birmingham Seen, Art & Photography 1820-2009

Gas Hall

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

31 October 2009 - 3 January 2010



This exhibition explores the way in which Birmingham's physical and social landscape has been depicted in paintings, drawings and photographs since 1820. I reveals the city in the throes of constant change - a process of creation and destruction that has inspired generations of artits and photographers.… Continue

Added by Pete James on October 16, 2009 at 21:15 — No Comments

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS DISCOURSE ON PHOTOGRAPHY: Photography: Object to Idea

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS DISCOURSE ON PHOTOGRAPHY:

Photography: Object to Idea

A full day conference to examine the past, present, future and polemics of photography



Saturday, 3 October 2009



On Saturday, October 3, a group of 14 prestigious speakers gathered at the Courtauld Institute of Art to bolster and debate the many facets of photography at a conference entitled Photography: Object to Idea. The goal of the conference… Continue

Added by Valérie C. Whitacre on October 11, 2009 at 11:18 — No Comments

Photography: Object to Idea conference

Photography: Object to Idea

A conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London,

organised by Zelda Cheatle, curator of the Tosca Fund Collection

Saturday 3 October 2009



This is a revised version of a speech by Mark Haworth-Booth



My name is Mark Haworth-Booth ands I am Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts London. I will soon be chairing the closing Q&A panel on collecting but Zelda has asked me - as a way of letting you know… Continue

Added by Mark Haworth-Booth on October 9, 2009 at 7:46 — 1 Comment

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