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RPS Honours Falconer and Wilson

The Royal Photographic Society has honoured British Library photography curator John Falconer with it's Colin Ford Medal and Michael Wilson, the National Media Museum's chair of trustees, with an award for outstanding service to photography and an Honorary Fellowship. More details will be published when the full citations are made available in September.

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2010 at 10:26 — No Comments

The Originals of G.R. Lambert

Yes, I know. It's not quite British ! But it is historic 19th century photography, so bear with me on this one ...

The Singapore Philatelic Museum will be exhibiting some 100 rare picture postcards capturing the history and heritage of Singapore from early next month. They were taken by G.R. Lambert, a famous German… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 17:14 — No Comments

Peter Henry Emerson @ the Musee d'Orsay

If you are a fan of this Victorian medic turned photographer, you're in luck !

"Photography Not Art" - these three words written by Peter Henry Emerson (1856-1936), one of the
principle exponents of photography as an art form in its… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 15:37 — 4 Comments

Patterson Curatorial Fellowship: September 2010

The William and Elizabeth Patterson Curatorial Fellowship in Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is an annual fellowship for serious graduate level students with a demonstrated interest in a museum career in photography. This year SFMOMA is offering one part-time 20-week fellowship beginning in mid-September 2010.

The Fellow will be undertaking in-depth research on SFMOMA’s… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 14:28 — No Comments

Harry Ransom Center: 2011-2012 Research Fellowship Programme

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has just announced its 2011-2012 Research Fellowship program. The Center will award over 50 fellowships to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 14:20 — No Comments

The Gernsheim Collection

To coincide with the exhibition "Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection", UT Press is publishing a catalogue to accompany it.

Entitled… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 14:09 — No Comments

Revealed: the National Media Museum's London Presence

A Freedom of Information request by JIm Bretell to the National Museum of Science and Industry has thrown light on the NMeM's plans for its London presence - although the NMSI declined to make available the 'substantial' documentation that the project has generated. In a token gesture it has published a partially redacted section of the NMSI Trustee minutes of 8 February 2008 these show:

  • the aim of the London presence is to raise the national and international profile of the…

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2010 at 21:38 — No Comments

Silvy exhibition opens this week

The National Portrait Gallery's Camille Silvy exhibition opens this week on 15 July. For any BPH readers in London the NPG bookshop is already selling curator Mark Haworth-Booth's book and catalogue of the show along with other relevant books, poster, cards and souvenirs. As one would expect the book is a fascinating read with well-reproduced illustrations and excellent value at £20 (hardback only). The exhibition space itself remains hidden behind locked…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the photographic negative

Made at Lacock Abbey by William Henry Fox Talbot in August 1835, the world’s first photographic negative changed the world. A new exhibition, Celebrating the Negative launching on 3 July at the Fox Talbot Museum will display images by John Loengard, a highly acclaimed American photographer, who travelled the world during the 1990s visiting archives and photographers’ studios to see the original negatives of images that have…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2010 at 22:02 — 1 Comment

Curiouser and Curiouser: Lifetime and Legacy of Lewis Carroll

From Saturday 10 July to Saturday 9 October, Guildford Borough Council's Heritage Service is celebrating the lifetime and legacy of Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), with an exhibition and events programme dedicated to the 19th century author.

From photography exhibitions and informative talks, to craft workshops and countryside walks, there is something on offer for everyone. Some of…


Added by Michael Wong on July 8, 2010 at 22:47 — No Comments

Job: Pitt Rivers Museum: Project Cataloguing Assistant

Project Cataloguing Assistant Grade 3: £17,111 - £19,743

Full time fixed term appointment until 31st August 2011

The Pitt Rivers Museum is seeking a Project Cataloguing Assistant to work with the Museum’s Photographic Collection as part of a project funded by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. The post holder will work as part of a team to enhance and extend the Museum’s catalogue of photographs relating to the United Arab… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 8, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Seeing the Unseen: Photographs and films by Harold E. Edgerton

Ikon presents Seeing the Unseen, a revisit of the gallery’s 1976 exhibition of high-speed photographs by the pioneering American scientist and photographer Dr Harold E. Edgerton (1906-1990). Forming part of Ikon’s retrospective of the 1970s It Could Happen To You, this presentation takes place in Birmingham’s Pallasades Shopping Centre, in a shop unit just a few doors away from Ikon’s home during that…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2010 at 21:32 — No Comments

British cameras feature in the Dr Dinesh Parekh collection

If you'd missed out on the recent Lothrop auction, fear not as there is another sale of landmark cameras, including British ones. Carried out by the largest Australian auction house, Leonard Joel, the Dr Dinesh Parekh Camera Collection will be on offer on Sunday 18th July 2010.…


Added by Michael Wong on July 7, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Photoworks seeks a new Director

Photoworks, the UK’s leading agency for photography is seeking to appoint a new Director following the appointment of David Chandler as Professor of Photography at the University of Plymouth.

The new Director will provide artistic vision, leadership and ambition for the organisation, building on its outstanding achievements of the last decade and taking it forward into a new and exciting period of further development. This post demands exceptional leadership…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2010 at 5:39 — No Comments

Everlasting Moments: A Paean to Early Photography

Firstly, I can safely assume that everyone who follows BPH has a passion for photography - be it historic or otherwise. So I guess I can be excused for posting this blog which is about a movie. Yes, a movie and it's Swedish too - sorry !

No sex, violence or action of any sort, I'm afraid

Added by Michael Wong on July 5, 2010 at 15:41 — No Comments

The Art of Photography: From the Beginnings to Now

Time to redeem myself by posting something British !

You will find details of a short course at the V&A exploring the work of classic photographers including William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Steiglitz, Bill Brandt, Man Ray, Ansel Adams and Cartier-Bresson, as well as contemporary photography from the 1970s onwards by Bechers, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth and Gregory Crewdson at the BPH 'Events' section… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 5, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Last Muster: Rare 19th-Century Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, CdV

As it was America's Independence Day yesterday, I think I can be forgiven for posting this recently published (non-British!) book which celebrates the history of the American Revolution, the early republic, and those Americans who lived long enough to have their pictures taken at the dawn of photography.

The… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 5, 2010 at 11:00 — No Comments

London Lives: An online archive into 18th century Britain

I'm not sure if this recently published archive is useful to those photo historians wishing to trace the ancestry of some early photographers, as it focuses on those at the bottom rung of London society between 1690 to 1800! But I thought I'd post it, just in case.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

A rare find of an original 1839 daguerreotype

Picture the scenario:

Museum: Curator, back room, dark corner, faded shoebox.

Inside shoebox: paper-wrapped, gold-framed daguerreotype depicting Paris's Pont Neuf spanning the River Seine.

Back of frame: Handwritten with the date '1839' - the dawn of photography.…

Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments

Call For Papers. (De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.

Call For Papers.

(De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.

September 10th 2010, School of the Arts Loughborough University, UK.…


Added by Mort Marsh on June 29, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

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