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August 2011 Blog Posts (33)

Lacock Abbey: Moments and Memories

A National Trust scheme called Moments and Memories is giving the abbey a new lease of life, bringing contemporary displays while also telling tales of years gone by.

The story of Lacock Abbey is told through the words of Matilda Talbot, the last owner of the abbey, who donated it to the National Trust in 1944. Her book, My Life And Lacock Abbey, not only captures her…


Added by Michael Wong on August 17, 2011 at 14:42 — No Comments

Festival: Ways of Looking - Bradford October 2011

‘Ways of Looking’, a new festival of photography in Bradford opens on 1st October 2011. Exploring the theme EVIDENCE, the festival includes premières of newly commissioned works by internationally renowned Magnum photographer Donovan Wylie, and Turner Prize winning artists Douglas Gordon and Jeremy Deller.

Inspired by the theme EVIDENCE, the festival will address,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 17, 2011 at 14:28 — No Comments

Job: Deputy Director/Head of Public Programmes, National Media Museum

This is a rare opportunity to impact on a truly unique institution. As Deputy Director/Head of Public Programmes, you will provide a key leadership role for the National Media Museum and specific project direction for our pioneering Internet Gallery.

The National Media Museum is home to Britain’s media heritage, containing three and a half million objects of national…


Added by Michael Wong on August 15, 2011 at 12:09 — No Comments

Photos of Victorian women murderers and thieves

The website has published 4,400 parole records with 500 photographs of some of the prisoners sentenced in the mid-19th century. All the records are from The National Archives of the UK. 

The database includes images of the records themselves, which make up a file on the convict. Their…


Added by Michael Wong on August 14, 2011 at 7:09 — No Comments

Photographing every building in a city or town

In Australia in the late 1860s and early 1870s the American and Australasian Photographic Company with their team of photographers headed by Henry Beaufoy Merlin and Charles Bayliss undertook travels starting in Melbourne to progressively photograph every building in a given town, progressing moving through Victoria and then New South Wales. A large cache of their negatives of the Hill End and Tambaroora region have survived and are currently being digitised at the State Library of New South… Continue

Added by Marcel Safier on August 13, 2011 at 0:34 — No Comments

London Street Photography: Fund Raising Auction (Revised)

The highlight to officially end London Street Photography 2011 will be an evening of entertainment, food, vodka cocktails and an opportunity to purchase exhibition prints and celebrate the festival with other partners, contributors, and artists. All proceeds will go towards ensuring that the festival will be here in 2012.

A PDF of the catalogue is available here: …


Added by Michael Wong on August 12, 2011 at 11:17 — No Comments

Museums, Photographs and the Colonial Past

This conference examines the politics, poetics and ethics of the photographic visibility of the colonial past in museums in multicultural societies and the construction of postcolonial identities. It will explore the use of photographs in public narratives of difficult histories and examine different sets of problems and approaches across a number of European countries. It raises questions not only about the patterns of engagement, nostalgia, suppression, disavowal and unspeakability which…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 11, 2011 at 13:59 — No Comments

Job: Photographers' Gallery Curator (Digital Programme)

The Curator (Digital Programmes) will be responsible for a developmental programme including researching, commissioning and curating digital content for the ground floor digital display, the Gallery’s website and identifying other potential platforms. This will include researching and advising on the technical specifications for the delivery of all aspects of the digital programme and the generation of and support for collaborative research projects. The post includes research collaboration…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 9, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

George Eastman House: Largest Exhibition in its History

All eyes will be on George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film this fall as it presents the largest exhibition in its history -- The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection. More than 500 photographs by the masters of the medium will be on view. It is dedicating all of its primary gallery space to this…


Added by Michael Wong on August 7, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Early days of photography

From: Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 7782, 27 June 1904, Page 7 - National Library of New Zealand: Miss Dorothy Catherine Draper, who died the other day, aged 95, was said to be the first person who ever sat for a photograph. She posed for her brother, Dr. John W. Draper, who had discovered a process by which a daguerreotype could be made in a few minutes. The photograph was made in 1839, when Miss Draper was known in New York society as "Dolly" Draper, and the…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on August 7, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments

1883: Stanley Dry Plate Company

A new exhibition celebrates the life and contributions of Freelan Oscar Stanley. This exhibit is a collaboration between the Stanley Museum and the Estes Park Museum and highlights objects from the collections of each institution such as Stanley dry-plates.

This photograph developing process invented and patented by F. O. and his twin brother Francis Edgar…


Added by Michael Wong on August 6, 2011 at 7:13 — 1 Comment

Brian May: Double Celebration in 3D

At a recent book-signing, held at Dimbola, of his book on 1850s stereographs entitled 'A Village Lost and Found' co-written with Elena Vidal, May took time to celebrate his birthday which fell on the same day. The birthday bash was held in the Seminar Room where a special 3D exhibition of stereoscopic photography based around the book is currently being held, details…


Added by Michael Wong on August 3, 2011 at 14:11 — No Comments

Call for Papers: The Role of the Medieval in Pictorial Photography

The second half of the nineteenth century witnessed an international occurrence of art movements aiming at a return to skilled craftsmanship and individual handiwork, usually summarized under the Arts and Crafts Movement. These movements can be described as “an unfocused reaction against industrialization” (Crawford). Installing small workshops and reviving old techniques, they often associated their ideals with medieval times.

Around 1880, photography joined this aesthetic movement…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 2, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

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