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September 2011 Blog Posts (49)

Job: Digital Image Cataloguer - Photographs

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.

The RIBA's British Architectural Library is the leading library in the United Kingdom for the study of architecture and architectural history. It provides a service to practicing architects, students, architectural…


Added by Michael Wong on September 18, 2011 at 19:05 — No Comments

Auction: Complete Astrid Kirchherr Beatles archive, including copyright

Astrid Kirchherr, born in 1938 in Hamburg, showed early interest in dress designing and photography. She was introduced to the Beatles at the Kaiserkeller Club there by her-then boyfriend Klaus Voormann, who later designed the cover for the Beatles' album "Revolver." Kirchherr began taking photos of the pre-fame Beatles. The photos were characterized by the stunning…


Added by Michael Wong on September 18, 2011 at 18:58 — No Comments

Job: Collection Registration Officer (Images), Museum Victoria, Australia

Victoria's leading museum is seeking a Collection Registration Officer to assist with the registration of images and audiovisual material in the State Collection, within the History & Technology department of Museum Victoria. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with items of historical significance. The position is based at the iconic Scienceworks Museum,…


Added by Michael Wong on September 17, 2011 at 14:40 — No Comments

Online: Frick Art Reference Library photo archive records

The Frick Art Reference Library was founded in 1920 to serve “adults with a serious interest in art,” among them scholars, art professionals, collectors, and students. The Library’s book and photograph research collections relate chiefly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists.…


Added by Michael Wong on September 16, 2011 at 22:22 — No Comments

Picture postcard history

BBC4 showed an interesting history of the picture postcard under the title of The Picture Postcard World of Nigel Walmsley. The programme can be viewed here: The only point of disagreement is that I would argue that the picture postcard did not democratise images of the working class - the carte de visite and photography had done that some fifty years… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2011 at 21:49 — No Comments

Jobs: Sales & Service Manager and Audience Researcher, National Media Museum

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, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

As Sales and Service…


Added by Michael Wong on September 15, 2011 at 18:57 — No Comments

Bonhams: Walter Woodbury and James Page

A rare set of photographic albums of the Dutch East Indies by the pioneering Victorian photographers, Walter Woodbury and James Page, will be auctioned off at a forthcoming sale in early October in Bonhams London.

The Lot features 248 images and is believed to represent one third of the…


Added by Michael Wong on September 15, 2011 at 10:23 — No Comments

Fugitive Images: 1840-1867

Captain Francis Light established a British settlement on this little island back in 1786. Formerly known as Prince of Wales Island, it was a thriving entrepot of the 18th and 19th centuries and is often remembered for its trade connections for the British with the Far East.

This coming weekend (16th-17th Sept), Think City Sdn Bhd and the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT)…


Added by Michael Wong on September 14, 2011 at 17:02 — No Comments

John Dillwyn Llewelyn 'wins' £2 million in the lottery!

Well, not him directly, but, The Penllergare Trust.  And also, it's a lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810-1882), the 19th Century horticulturist and early photographer, who married the first cousin of Henry Fox…


Added by Michael Wong on September 13, 2011 at 18:32 — No Comments

Seminars: University of London - Photographic History

I would draw reader's attention to the series of free photographic history seminars being held at the University of London on Saturdays between October and December:

For anyone based in the Midlands then…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Book: Britain's First Photo Album

To accompany the 10-part BBC television series as mentioned in an earlier blog here, The Francis Frith Collection announced that it will also be publishing a book focussing on the achievement of the Victorian photographer Francis Frith, who in the 1860s…


Added by Michael Wong on September 13, 2011 at 8:06 — No Comments

Ireland's National Photographic Archive: Small Lives

The 50 photographs – mostly black and white – are drawn from across NLI’s collections, and range from formal studio portraits featuring children of the landed classes taken in the 1880s to more candid shots of city kids taken in the 1960s. Small Lives shows Irish children not just in the context of their own lives but also in the context of Irish history,…


Added by Michael Wong on September 13, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Vintage Photography at the Kennel Club Art Gallery

Explore the history of dogs in photography at the Kennel Club Art Gallery with a unique display of vintage images depicting man’s best friend from the 1850s to the 1950s. ‘Photography Going to the Dogs’ is the latest exhibition to come to the hidden Mayfair treasure, the Kennel Club Art Gallery. The charming exhibition will take visitors through 100 years of dog…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2011 at 16:22 — No Comments

Center for Creative Photography: Fellowships 2011

The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, invites applications for fellowships in support of research using the Center's archive, fine print, and rare book collections. Our goal is to promote new knowledge about photography, photographic history, and photographic theory. Fellowship applications are evaluated within this context.

The Center for…


Added by Michael Wong on September 10, 2011 at 18:02 — No Comments

Online: Aberdeen Local Studies / GWW

Aberdeen Lord Provost Peter Stephen today launched the city's new online home for thousands of historic photographs and records at the Central Library. The 'Silver City Vault' makes the Aberdeen Local Studies archive available free to remote users for the very first time.

Online visitors can do everything from tracing an Aberdeen ancestor to glimpsing Victorian life…


Added by Michael Wong on September 10, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

NMeM / NMSI seen as 'gigantic gold mines'

The National Museum of Science and Industry's new head of commercial development sees the National Media Museum and its sister museums as 'gigantic gold mines' ripe for commercial development. At a time of museum staff redundancies and increasing pressures on hard-pressed curatorial teams the National Museum of Science and Industry has restructured and expanded its commercial development b2b team. 

Following the appointment of former Classic Media and Ragdoll executive, Anya Hollis as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2011 at 19:33 — No Comments

Book: Visiting the Past: Images of the Mistley, Manningtree and Lawford

Entitled ‘Visiting the Past: Images of the Mistley, Manningtree and Lawford', this new publication is a collection of photographs from the early 20th century and offers a glimpse into the history of three parishes.

Compiled by history buff Bob Horlock, of Shrubland Road, Mistley, and Mike Fryer, Bean, Dartford, who helped with the book’s design, the book has more than…


Added by Michael Wong on September 9, 2011 at 10:49 — No Comments

Photo-history seminar series in Leicester

Leicester's De Montfort University Photographic History Research Centre is holding a series of seminars in Culture of Photography during the Autumn 2011 term on Tuesdays from 4–6pm in the Edith Murphy Building 1.08. Admission is free and open to anyone. The series comprises:

  • October 18th. Professor Gillian Rose (Open University) ‘The question of method:…

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2011 at 7:00 — No Comments

Britain's First Photo Album to be televised

BBC 2 Daytime has commissioned Reef Television to produce Britain's First Photo Album (working title), a 10x30-minute series on the extraordinary achievement of Francis Frith, the pioneer Victorian photographer who embarked upon a colossal project to photograph as much of the United Kingdom…


Added by Michael Wong on September 7, 2011 at 19:24 — No Comments

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