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November 2011 Blog Posts (39)

Book: Speculating Daguerre

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre (1787–1851) was a true nineteenth-century visionary—a painter, printmaker, set designer, entrepreneur, inventor, and pioneer of photography. Though he was widely celebrated beyond his own lifetime for his invention of the daguerreotype, it was his origins as a theatrical designer and purveyor of visual entertainment that paved the way for…


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

Job: Documentation Officer, National Media Museum (London-based)

Ray Harryhausen collection. A position is available to undertake cataloguing a large collection of artefacts relating to the career of a film special effects animator. This includes paintings and drawings, documents, photographs, animation models and moulds, and equipment. You will also prepare the artefacts for transportation.

Though liaising closely…


Added by Michael Wong on November 16, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments

Kodak Catalogues CD available in Bradford

The Kodak Catalog Project was successfully brought to fruition with over 200 CDs being given away at the PhotoHistory XV Symposium in Rochester two weeks ago.  Another 50 CDs each were given away to the book stores at the two leading Kodak museums in Rochester and Bradford, England. All a gift from Charlie Kamerman of Oregon who produced the CD from his personal catalog collection with additions from collectors around the world.

The Kamerman CD features:

1. 73 different Eastman…


Added by George Layne on November 15, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

World's most expensive photograph

Auction house Christie's has set a new world record price of $4,338,500 (£2.7 million) for a photograph in an auction in New York. Andreas Gursky's Rhein II was sold on 8 November. The price overtakes the previous record for a Cindy Sherman 1981 print.

The Christie's catalogue entry can be found here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 13, 2011 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Archive: Armistice Day 11.11.11

To mark Amistice Day today, the Imperial War Museum has uploaded made than 100 previously unseen portraits of those who served in the First World War publically for the first time on Flickr Commons. Taken from the Museum’s ‘Bond of Sacrifice’ which is an archive of photographs collected by the IWM between 1917 and 1920, all of the photos tell a story. The men shown in them…


Added by Michael Wong on November 11, 2011 at 9:32 — No Comments

Photographers contact sheets

Behind the contact sheet by Phil Coombes


"The contact sheet is often described as the photographer's sketch book. It is the result of those moments of exploration, moments spent waiting for a scene to develop before the final moment when, 'click', you know you've got the shot in the can. ... "


Added by Alan Pritchard on November 11, 2011 at 8:31 — No Comments

Auction: Linnaeus Tripe

Sotheby’s in London will be auctioning off some of the earliest photographs ever taken in India, which have been out of public view for more than a century. The collection, part of the library of James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie, who was the seventh governor-general of India, consists of more than 220 images from India and Burma, taken…


Added by Michael Wong on November 10, 2011 at 21:47 — No Comments

Photo Archive: Visualising China

In case any BPH members have not come across this yet, one of the largest online collections of historical photographs of China was launched at the University of Bristol over the summer. The Visualising China project, a unique virtual archive of Chinese life, gives users the opportunity to explore and interact with more than 8,000 digitised photographs of China taken between…


Added by Michael Wong on November 10, 2011 at 11:42 — 1 Comment

Jobs at University of St Andrews Library

Dear colleagues, friends and prospective applicants,


I’m writing to let you know of two posts which have now been formally advertised by the University for roles within the Department of Special Collections of the University of St Andrews Library in Scotland.


Each post would consist of a four year contract working with the Lawrence Levy Golf Photography Collection which is comprised of over 200,000 35mm slides on the subject of golf from 1978 to 1994. Each…


Added by Marc Boulay on November 7, 2011 at 16:04 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair Newsletter

Here's the link to the latest edition of our Newsletter.

Join our mailing list to receive it directly and you'll be entered in a draw for £100 to spend at the Fair.

Click here to see Newsletter.

Added by James Kerr on November 5, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Job: Curator (Photographs), Museum of London

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to join the team of curators working in our History Collections Department.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the photography collections including cataloguing, answering enquiries, processing acquisitions and loan requests, as well as organising visits to the…


Added by Michael Wong on November 5, 2011 at 11:23 — No Comments

Whitby Photographers - new publication

Ruth Wilcock has ju st published her book "Whitby Photographers, their lives and their photographs from the 1840s" that can be purchased via her website It has 218 pages A4 containing over 260 photos and 170 illustrations, many never published before that help tell the story of Whitby’s many photographers. Their story is…


Added by Marcel Safier on November 4, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments

Publication: The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885-1918

Due for release on 2 February 2012 is Professor Elizabeth Edwards' new book: The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885-1918 published by Duke University Press. The book's synopsis reads: 

In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth, hundreds of amateur photographers took part in the photographic survey movement in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2011 at 20:56 — No Comments

Great Masters

I found this and thought it might be of interest. 50 Masters, I will probably go.

If it is worth a look I will let you know.

I have enjoyed the blog and there have been some good posts. 

Added by Nicholas Brewer on November 2, 2011 at 20:49 — 1 Comment

Francis Frith - On location with the BBC at Stirling Castle.

The Victorian photographer Francis Frith is chiefly remembered for the company he helped found in 1859 which embarked upon the daunting task of documenting every town and village across the UK. Working with a team of photographers Frith ran a photography studio which proved enormously…


Added by Alex Boyd on November 2, 2011 at 18:30 — 5 Comments

Job: Curator of Photography, Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center seeks a curator to provide leadership and vision for an internationally renowned photography collection with strengths in the history of photography, photojournalism, documentary photography, Texana, and literary iconography.

The Ransom Center is a special collections library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin with over 37 million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, over 5 million photographs, and 100,000 works of art.



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2011 at 7:06 — No Comments

Book: Ipswich: the Changing Face of the Town

More than 300 evocative pictures of the past are in a new book by David Kindred called Ipswich: the Changing Face of the Town, which is being published this week. The oldest photographs date from the 1880s.

Other early pictures include high-quality images taken by Harry Walters, who worked in the town from the 1890s to 1926. Most of his photographs chronicle…


Added by Michael Wong on November 1, 2011 at 22:14 — No Comments

Written in Light (1840–1930)

As mentioned in an earlier blog, details are now available of the third instalment of "Another Story: Photography from the Moderna Museet Collection" which has the subtitle Written in Light. It delineates the infancy of photography, from the moment when the…


Added by Michael Wong on November 1, 2011 at 22:13 — No Comments

Plans scaled back? Media Space and Photographers' Gallery

The Observer and Guardian's photography commentator Sean O'Hagan reports on a scaling back of plans for London's Photographers' Gallery and the National Media Museum's Media Space, due to the difficulty of raising funds in the current economic climate. See:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 1, 2011 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

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