A Freedom of Information request to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that the National Media Museum still sees the Science Museum as the base for its London Presence. The DCMS also confirmed:
- That it had held no meetings the National Media Museum over its plans for a London Presence between 1 September 2009 and 3 June 2010
- The Project is expected to cost less than £5 million and therefore does not require any approval from the DCMS
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2010 at 9:46 —
Sorry ! I know it's not totally appropriate (and I'm slightly bias here for being Oriental !) but this new exhibition does feature images by British pioneers like Felice Beato (half-Italian?) and John Thomson. So, please bear with me.
Following the presentation of outstanding works from the history of
20th century photography, Museum Ludwig is now highlighting a new section of its extensive photographic holdings. Beginning 11 June, a… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on June 18, 2010 at 9:52 —
Whilst sorting through archive material to use for a website, Bill Hawkins, history enthusiast and member of the Sunderland’s Antiquarians Society, discovered boxes of glass plate negatives that were dust covered and laid undisturbed for six decades.
Mr Hawkins, 55, of Sunderland, found around 30 photographs dating back more than 100 years, including images taken of Tynemouth pier and of the High Level Bridge spanning the River Tyne. This treasure trove of… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on June 15, 2010 at 16:00 —
Three photographs of Alexandra Rhoda "Xie" Kitchin, one of author Lewis
Carroll's favourite models, were auctioned off at Bonhams collectible books sale last week (8th June) for £24,000. They were each on a cabinet card with Carroll's negative number, grading letter as well as a caption in the photographer's hand.
Carroll, a keen photographer, considered these to be among his best work, and showed Alexandra in Danish and Oriental costumes. Kitchin's father was the Dean of… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on June 15, 2010 at 9:54 —
A new digital resource for Muybridge scholars has been launched. The website, the result of an ongoing collaboration between Kingston University and Kingston Museum in the United Kingdom, aims to provide a definitive research resource surrounding the work of nineteenth century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Thesite provides an introduction to Muybridge’s works in historical and social context; and information on the international collections that house them. It is fully searchable.… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2010 at 11:15 —
Camille Silvy was a pioneer of early photography and one of the greatest French photographers of the nineteenth century. This exhibition includes many remarkable images which have not been exhibited since the 1860s.
Over 100 works, including a large number of carte de visites, focus on a ten-year creative burst from 1857-67 working in Algiers, rural France, Paris and London and illustrate how Silvy pioneered many now… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2010 at 19:30 —
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… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on June 9, 2010 at 10:00 —
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… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2010 at 14:50 —
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 —
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 —
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.…
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2010 at 21:00 —
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.
If you’ve worked before in a similar role at a gallery… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2010 at 20:40 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2010 at 5:30 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2010 at 4:30 —