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On-line Auction including rare British cameras

Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. ( - 2008) was a science teacher at The Collegiate School, a boys’ school in New York City, from 1954 to 1995, where he also taught photography. He began collecting cameras in 1960, started researching information on cameras and camera history in 1964, and began writing about them and their history in 1968.



Eaton has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections ofbox-form, magazine and…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 9, 2010 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

NMeM London Presence a step closer?

A fundraising reception was held at the Science Museum on 25 May to introduce a new exhibition space for photography planned there. Mark Haworth-Booth in his blog noted that "My former colleague Charlotte Cotton is its artistic director. Her speech included a choice expletive - 'We just want to fxxxxxg get on with it' - which was very much in character and appropriate."

Amateur Photographer has followed up BPH's…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2010 at 14:50 — No Comments

George Washington Wilson : Destination St. Kilda

George Washington Wilson (1823-93), was a pioneering Scottish photographer born in the North East of Scotland. He went to Edinburgh and then London in the 1840s to train as a portrait miniaturist. He became established in Aberdeen in the 1850s as an ‘artist and photographer’, and quickly made a name for himself as one of Scotland's premier photographers among the middle classes and landed gentry. He soon moved into landscape photography and, thanks to the proximity of Balmoral,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 4, 2010 at 13:04 — 2 Comments

HistoryPin : World’s largest user-generated archive of historic images ?

Whether you love or loath Google's Streetview, the internet search engine giant has teamed up with We Are What We Do to launch a 'historical photography' website which allows consumers to "pin" old pictures of towns and cities on contemporary photographs. The site, entitled Historypin, lets users share their archive photos by loading them up to a specific location on Google Maps or image on Google's… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 4, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

NMeM visitor numbers 2004-2010

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has published visitor numbers for the National Media Museum, Bradford for the 2009/10 financial year. These are reported below alongside recent years. Should anyone require earlier years I have them on request.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

NMeM job: Exhibitions Organiser



The National Media Museum has a diverse and engaging programme of displays and temporary exhibitions, which are seen by thousands of visitors every year. You’ll help make sure they’re delivered on time, budget and to the highest standards by successfully co-ordinating project teams and other stakeholders.

Required Skills:

If you’ve worked before in a similar role at a gallery…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2010 at 20:40 — No Comments

Vintage camera auctioned for world-record 898,000 dollars

As reported in the blog earlier this year, the world's first commercially produced camera, a daguerreotype, dating from 1839 and bearing the rare signature of its French inventor, sold at auction in Vienna today for a record 732,000 euros (898,000 dollars). It broke the previous record of 576,000 euros, fetched during a Westlicht auction in 2007 for a similar daguerreotype camera made by the Paris company Susse Freres.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 29, 2010 at 23:11 — No Comments

Rhyl historian's photographs of charabancs under the hammer in Colwyn Bay

A unique collection of more than 600 photographic negatives of charabancs and other memorabilia garnered by the late Rhyl collector and historian, John Nickels, was auctioned off by Colwyn Bay auctioneers, Rogers Jones Co, yesterday (Tuesday, May 25).



Mr Nickels, who died aged 80 in 2000, spent a lifetime amassing hundreds of glass negatives, photographs and postcards that were almost thrown out. The entire collection was bought for £2,800 by the Omnibus Society to secure it… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 27, 2010 at 16:54 — No Comments

Llandudno's Camera Obscura re-opens

Llandudno's Camera Obscura was first built in 1859 by an 18-year-old Leo Williams. It was the first of several octagonal dark rooms to be built on the site, all to the same design, and only just one of seven such instruments remaining in the UK.



Perfectly positioned on the heights above the Happy Valley on the Great Orme, the obscura is blessed with a panoramic view extending from Liverpool Bay over Llandudno Pier across to the Little Orme, taking in Penmaenmawr across to… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 27, 2010 at 16:50 — No Comments

Benjamin Brecknell Turner & Amsterdam

According to the V&A records, Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815-94) was one of the first, and remains one of the greatest, British photographers. His images were highly praised during his lifetime for their rustic beauty and grandeur.



Born in London in 1815, Turner started work in the family candle and saddle soap business at the age of 16. In 1849 he took out a licence to practice paper negative photography from its inventor, William Henry Fox Talbot, when the new art… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 23, 2010 at 18:04 — No Comments

Old Chinese photography

Although not strictly about British photography the following site includes references to British photographers, publishers before 1911. Terry Bennett announces the launch of a new site covering early photography in China. The site can be viewed here: http://www.oldchinaphotography.com/

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2010 at 13:43 — No Comments

Haworth-Booth a finale

Mark Haworth-Booth describes on his blog..."An early copy of my book on Camille Silvy arrived from the National Portrait Gallery. We sat on the sofa and looked through every page. It is wonderful! I won't get my other copies until June. This is my finale as a photo-historian and I'm thrilled with it."

The Silvy exhibition will take place at the National Portrait Gallery later this year - it promises to be the exhibition of the year for me and many…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

Last photograph of adventurer Captain Scott to be sold off at auction

The last photograph taken of Westcountry-born adventurer Captain Robert Scott and his wife before his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole will be auctioned off soon. The black and white picture was taken by Steffano Webb, a New Zealand photographer based in Christchurch, just before the 1910 trip to Antarctica is expected to fetch £4,500. In total nine of Webb's photographs of Scott's Terra Nova expedition, taken at Lyttelton in… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 21, 2010 at 10:24 — No Comments

Research Officer post available...

Elizabeth Edwards is directing a HERA Funded Project 'Photographs, Colonial Legacy And Museums In Contemporary European Culture' PhotoCLEC, University Of The Arts London

A leading collaborative research project with University of Bergen and VU University Amsterdam, HERA's "Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity" strand will examine the ways in which museums reflect and respond to varieties of colonial experiences and their specific visual legacies. It will focus especially…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2010 at 4:30 — No Comments

Images of a rich heritage goes online ...

No kidding, but we have news of yet another photo archive going online.



The public are now able to search online a catalogue describing more than a million historical photographs and documents relating to England’s historic buildings and archaeological sites held by the National Monuments Record (NMR), English Heritage’s public archive. This includes images, plans, drawings, reports and publications covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 20, 2010 at 17:37 — No Comments

The Lockey Photographs - Too Good to Miss .....

The Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution's (BRLSI) Collection includes an album of photographs of

the home counties and other localities by Hilditch, and albums of photographs from 19th century China and Japan presented by the Vacher family. However, an important part of the Collection are the negatives of 86 photographs of Bath taken by the Rev Francis Lockey between 1849 and 1861, using the Fox Talbot calotype process.



In a recent newsletter, the Chair of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 20, 2010 at 10:58 — No Comments

Museum of London's New Galleries Open ...

On 28 May 2010 the Museum of London unveils its spectacular £20 million Galleries of Modern London.



Three years in the making, five new galleries tell the story of London and its people from 1666 to the present day. 7,000 objects, show-stopping interactives, specially designed family areas, film and changing displays, transport you through the capital’s tumultuous history, rich with drama, triumph and near…
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Added by Michael Wong on May 18, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron - Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection

An exhibition of early British photographs from the Royal Collection opens at Aberdeen Art Gallery on 12 June, running until 21 August 2010.


There is a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, which will also be online at the time of the exhibition.…


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Added by Sophie Gordon on May 16, 2010 at 12:22 — No Comments

Vintage Photographs to Spearhead Sotheby's Photographs Sale

Sotheby's London May 20 sale of Photographs will offer 126 lots covering the history of photography from the beginnings through to the present with offerings of Contemporary works. Among the sale highlights are two superb examples of the work of Eugène Atget, which have come from a private French collection: La Villette, Rue Asselin, Fille publique faisant le quart devant sa porte is a signature image from an artist who has been called the first Modernist photographer (lot 7, est.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 15, 2010 at 14:39 — No Comments

V&A Photography Gallery opens ......

To celebrate the annual re-display of V&A's permanent photography collection gallery, which also includes many recent acquisitions, the Museum held a special viewing on Friday (14th May). One of the highlights was the new display "The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society". This pioneering weekly publication was founded in 1962 and continued as an independent magazine until 1988.



The magazine carried a large number of illustrations and 'black & white'… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 15, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

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