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The Colours of Another Age

The Rothshild Autochromes celebrate the earliest form of colour photography and a new exhibition at Exbury give - some for the first time - a glimpse into the bygone Edwardian era. Lionel de Rothschild was an early exponent of the art of the autochrome, his attention and eye to detail clearly evident in his photographs. Lionel was later to purchase the Exbury Estate in 1919, channelling his energies away from photography and into the development of his lasting legacy - the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 7:54 — No Comments

RPS/SSHOP Glasgow conference

The programme for this event which takes place 1-3 May 2009 has been announced and is available on the event listing:

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2009 at 8:02 — No Comments

NMeM Collections Access Assistant - job

The National Media Museum in Bradford is advertising for a Collections Access Assistant to work on the Zoltan Glass Collection at a salary of £13,343pa. The job description reads:

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, The National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and new media, including the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, it aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

John Thomson photographs on exhibition

The Beijing World Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of photographs of China taken by John Thomson from the archives of the Wellcome Institute in London... reports the Daily Telegraph newspaper. It will be shown in Liverpool early in 2010. Taken between 1870 and 1871 by the Scottish photographer John Thomson, the images reveal with often startling intimacy a cast of characters from orphans and street gamblers, to beautiful peasant girls and their high-born… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2009 at 6:30 — No Comments

Sotheby's photograph specialist leaves

Francis Hodgson, Sotheby's head of photographs in London has left the company. A company spokesperson was unable to explain the reasons for his departure but did confirm that the the auction scheduled for 19 May would go ahead with Jocelyn Phillips managing the sale. Hodgson's last sale, held in autumn 2008, had disappointing results, reflecting the global financial clash. Sotheby's also announced this week that they were further reducing lots below $5000 to continue focusing on the top end of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 9, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

National Media Museum - job

The National Media Museum is advertising for a web developer at a salary of £23,759.

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.

You’ll help us enhance… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 8, 2009 at 6:51 — No Comments


I am writing a short article on the darker side of photography in Oz during the 19C - very short as we were well behaved in the Colonies! Would anyone have a photo of a Stanhope I may use, with due acknowledgment?
Many thanks
John Davies
Maybe you could contact me off list at

Added by John Davies on April 7, 2009 at 7:52 — No Comments

My Photo

"My Photo" is much more interesting than my own mug. It's William West Kirkby, the first Anglican missionary to reach the Yukon Territory (in 1859). He was from Lincolnshire and studied at Oxford. In 1861 Kirkby and two Canadian Indian guides canoed down the Mackenzie River, north toward the Arctic Ocean, then up the Peel River to Fort McPherson, and finally west via the Porcupine River to the Hudson's Bay Company post at Fort Yukon. In 1861 Fort Yukon was in Russian America. In 1867 Alaska… Continue

Added by Dick Wood on April 6, 2009 at 8:51 — No Comments

Classic Cameras book - forthcoming

Classic Cameras by Colin Harding Colin Harding, curator of photographic technology at the National Media Museum, has a book due out in June 2009 which compiles a series of 75 articles originally written for the British Black and White Photography magazine. The cameras, which are sourced from the National Media Museum in Bradford, are arranged in chronological order, with a chapter for each era and a double-page spread devoted to each camera. Each spread has a large photograph of the camera in question, smaller… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 6, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Scenes in our Village - forthcoming

A Village Lost and Found / Brian May and Elena Vidal Frances Lincoln publishers have announced a new book called A Village Lost and Found by Brian May and Elena Vidal. The book is scheduled for publication on 8 October at an online price of £35. Brian May's painstaking excavation of exquisite stereo photographs from the dawn of photography transports the reader back in time to the lost world of an Oxfordshire village of the 1850s.

At the book's heart is a reproduction of T R Williams' 1856 series of stereo photographs… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2009 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

F M Sutcliffe photographs 'restored'

F M Sutcliffe /

The Scarborough Evening news reports....Images taken by celebrated Victorian photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe that have never been seen before have been restored to their former glory.

The Sutcliffe Gallery, in Flowergate, Whitby, owns the rights to Sutcliffe's 1,600 images, which depict people and places around the Whitby area. Now the gallery owner, Mike Shaw, has painstakingly restored 200 of his photographs in time for the gallery's 50th… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Photographic History - XIX century (...1839/1900)
Anthology - Chronology - Events - Dates - Facts - Original Texts

Added by Manuel Magalhaes on March 30, 2009 at 10:57 — No Comments

FP Bride Daguerreotype -

Gentlemen, my great pleasure to research with you - Imagine, had we had access to google search when we began our careers?? Two words typed into google: Bridal Daguerreotypes brought three photography afficionados together. I began this morning determined to learn as much about this stunning bridal daguerreotype as I am able. I have no external clues. The work was purchased many years ago. It is framed, so no preserver or case for clues. I have… Continue

Added by JanetLehr on March 28, 2009 at 13:43 — No Comments

(A little) more on the NMeM London presence

National Media Museum, Bradford The British Journal of Photography's blog reports more on the NMeM's London presence and takes a little further the comment posted here in January. The BJP notes that three spaces have been allocated at London's Science Museum: one for large scale exhibitions, one for smaller scale exhibitions and a retail space, and will open in 2011.

The museum will not confirm details but hope to… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

And/or Book Awards 2009 shortlist announced

And/Or Book Awards logo The two shortlists have been announced for the 2009 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. A winner from each category will share a prize fund of £10,000. They will be announced during an awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank, London, on Thursday 23 April.

The shortlisted titles for the 2009 And/or Photography Book Award are:

Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900 by… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

Celebrating the anniversary of the Scottish national collection - Review

Note has already been made of this exhibition under 'Events'. A review has appeared in The Independent newspaper on 25 March and written by Hannah Duguid and a small part is reproduced below. The exhibition is open until 19 April.

It took Thomas Annan three years to take 31 photographs inside the city centre slums of Glasgow during the late 1860s. Only rarely did the pale Scottish sun provide the light he needed for his large plate camera. Conditions may have been appalling… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 25, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

Early photographically illustrated books

The British Library has put online an exhibition of photographically illustrated books. The development of photographically illustrated books parallels the explosion in communications technology during the 19th century. In a period of unprecedented advances in science, exploration, travel, tourism and industry, photography provided an exciting, innovative and accurate alternative to conventional methods of book illustration, such as woodcuts, etchings and engravings.… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2009 at 22:20 — 1 Comment

Historic archive of Kodak Ltd donated to the British Library and De Montfort University - Official Press Release

Photo courtesy of the Briitsh Library An unparalleled collection of documents and photographs charting the development of photography from a gentlemen’s pursuit to a mass popular pastime has been donated to the British Library and De Montfort University.

The Kodak Ltd Archive, dates back more than 120 years and represents a treasure trove of primary material for historians and researchers of the history of photography.

Kodak Ltd’s British company archives have been handed to the British Library and… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 19, 2009 at 7:30 — 2 Comments

Harry Hammond 1920-2009

Harry Hammond, described as the first great photographer of British rock'n'roll has died aged 88. Hammond chronicled the first decade of that music up to and including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and photographed every major American star who visited Britain.

A number of exhibitions of his work, including one at the Victoria and Albert Museum, were held from the 1980s. The V&A also acquired his archive.

A full obituary is… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 14, 2009 at 6:02 — No Comments

NMeM Job: Senior Development Executive

The National Media Museum, Bradford, and National Railway Museum, York, - both part of the National Museum of Science and Industry - are recruiting a Senior Development Executive - Trusts & Public Bodies at a salary of £28,000pa and located in Bardford.

The role is described: A number of exciting capital projects are currently underway at both museums and your role will be to identify and apply to appropriate grant giving bodies to help us reach our aim.

You will help… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 11, 2009 at 21:12 — No Comments

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