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'Shaping the History of Photography' sympoisum

September 30-October 2, 2010

The symposium springs from Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, the Ransom Center’s exhibition of this foundational collection of the medium’s history. Curators, collectors, historians, and photographers will participate in a series of panel discussions that focus on the areas in photography on which the Gernsheims had such impact—collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and historiography. Leaders in their fields will consider the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2010 at 10:45 — 1 Comment

Exploring the Port of London archive

ARCHIVES chronicling 250 years of riverside history are set to go on display.

The Port of London Authority (PLA) archive, which includes more than a kilometre of documents and records, will be catalogued in a programme expected to last three years. Work will begin at The Museum of London Docklands, situated near to Canary Wharf, compiling the data electronically so that on completion it will be accessible via the internet.

Claire Frankland, museum archivist, said: "The PLA… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2010 at 10:09 — No Comments

National Media Museum wayfaring

There is a report and assessment of Carter Wong and Bolton Signs signage work at the National Media Museum here:

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2010 at 7:33 — No Comments

Illustrated London News archive goes online

A unique visual archive of 19th century Victorian Britain, including illustrations and photographs of events ranging from the Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Boer war, will be available online for the first time from today. The Illustrated London News archive holds 250,000 pages and as many as three quarters of a million illustrations, from as far back…


Added by Michael Wong on April 15, 2010 at 10:33 — No Comments

MA Course: Photographic History and Practice

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, is currently recruiting students for the second year of its innovative MA programme in photographic history. The course offers a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme of study and provides a series of modules ranging from photography and theory to practical work in photographic archives.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 1842-Today

One can't mention India without mentioning China these days. So bear with me, here goes ....

A new photobook (ISBN-13: 9780670080908) published by Penguin entitled "Shanghai : A History in Photographs, 1842-Today" will hit the shelves tomorrow. Produced by Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Liu Heung Shing, and Karen Smith, an internationally renowned… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 12, 2010 at 18:52 — 1 Comment

NMeM seeks web content co-ordinator

Web Content Co coordinator £22,500, Bradford. Fixed term until 1st April 2012. 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.

We are looking for a Web Content…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2010 at 12:19 — No Comments

The Artful Pose : Early Studio Photography in Mumbai- c. 1855-1940

May not be entirely British, but still a worthy book to add to the collection of a photo-historian wanting to know more about the history and evolution of early studio photography in India.

Photography arrived in the harbour city of Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) as early as 1840, via trade, as well as through European explorers and government officials. With the establishment of India's first photographic society in the city in 1854, the medium was…

Added by Michael Wong on April 11, 2010 at 16:22 — No Comments

Skills of the wet collodion photographer

I am looking for a little advice!
As the wet collodion plate was coated by the operator, what advice was given in the literature on techniques to produce an even coating. Was the plate tilted and rotated, or spun? Was there a recommendation on the viscosity of the liquid?
I believe it may have been brushed on producing characteristic streak marks.
Any thoughts or even first hand experiences?
John Davies

Added by John Davies on April 9, 2010 at 12:36 — 1 Comment

The Platinotype Company's 'Palladiotype' paper, ca. 1917

Introduced commercially by William Willis in 1917 as a substitute for printing in platinum, whose use was embargoed by wartime government, palladium has since grown in its application, and is now widely practised. Does any collection have a copy of the Platinotype Company's original instructions for the use of their commercial Palladiotype paper, or any other relevant information, please? I am researching the early history, use and problems of the process.

Added by Mike Ware on April 9, 2010 at 9:25 — 1 Comment

Snapshots of a Life Less Ordinary – John Dillwyn Llewelyn

Following on from the blog creator's article on the bicentennial celebration of John Dillwyn Llewelyn's birthday this year, Robin Turner of WalesOnline has written a column of this man's historic contribution to British photography which can be found here:…


Added by Michael Wong on April 8, 2010 at 18:18 — No Comments

George Bernard Shaw's photography collection

Man and Cameraman is a project to conserve, catalogue, digitise and promote the photographic collection of George Bernard Shaw. Shaw collected around 16,000 photographs taken by himself and others and these…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 8, 2010 at 17:54 — 1 Comment

With a Little Help from an Old Victorian Photograph ...

As a group of specialist workmen refurbish part of the historic Manor House at Mount Grace Priory, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, it was reported today that a photograph showing some of the original skilled workers has been donated by an anonymous visitor. The current work at the Manor House is part of a £150,000 project by English Heritage to restore two rooms, which were given an Arts and Crafts make over in…


Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2010 at 23:50 — No Comments

The Dark Art of Cut and Paste

Click on the link below (or copy & paste), and enjoy a slide show & overview of some of the highlights featured at the Met Museum's current exhibition 'Playing with Pictures':…


Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2010 at 23:24 — No Comments

NMeM seeks Membership Executive

Our aim is to create a museum that engages people as it evolves. Our membership scheme is an exciting part of that vision. Your role is to implement a marketing strategy that promotes Museum membership and encourages our audience to be a part of our future. Through a combination of literature, events and local business liaison, you will help to attract a diverse membership base, grow membership levels and, ultimately, generate maximum income for the Museum.

Experience of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2010 at 11:47 — No Comments

NMeM to save Fenton photograph

BPH reported that the Culture Minister had placed an export bar on a Fenton orientialist photograph sold at at auction. The Art Newspaper reports that the National Media Museum in Bradford, Britain’s main collection of photography, hopes to raise the money, and a spokeswoman told us it is “assessing potential funding opportunities”.



Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2010 at 12:05 — 1 Comment

Campaign to honour Lacock's Fox Talbot

A recent article which might be of interest to fellow BPH bloggers come from The Wiltshire Times dated 20/2/2010 which reads as follows:

Photographer Trevor Porter has started a campaign to have February 11 called Fox Talbot Day, in memory of the photographic pioneer Henry Fox Talbot who was born on that day in 1800.

Mr Porter organised a dinner for photographers from Wiltshire and beyond at The George Inn in Lacock last Thursday to kick off his campaign. Fox Talbot is… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 31, 2010 at 23:27 — No Comments

Celebrating the Negative (175th Anniversary)

From 1st to 3rd May 2010, the Fox Talbot Museum in Wiltshire is to hold a special photography festival to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the photographic negative. The negative process was discovered by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1835. Refer to 'Events' for further info.

The official press release is as follows:

Wiltshire’s Fox Talbot Museum in the village of Lacock is to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the photographic negative with a series of special events… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 31, 2010 at 21:55 — No Comments

Midley History of Early Photography archived

Last year BPH reported that Derek Wood's excellent website dealing with his publications and research was to close early in 2010 (click here to see the original posting). Derek Wood has emailed to say that the 'Midley History of early Photography' will now continue to be permanently available. The British Library has archived it at the UK Webarchive and it can be found here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

New Book: J W G Gutch (now available)

Ian Sumner has authored a book on the early British photographer J. W. G. Gutch based on five albums produced between 1856 and 1859. In search of the Picturesque. The English photographs of J. W. G. Gutch 1856/59 which is now available.

John Wheeley Gough Gutch was born in Bristol in 1808 and was involved in photography from its earliest days. A contemporary of Talbot, Gutch was experimenting with photography as early as 1841. Partially paralysed and using the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2010 at 9:45 — 2 Comments

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