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December 2010 Blog Posts (30)

Ngrams - a useful research tool or just a gimmick?

I spotted this on Luke McKernan’s excellent blog which deals with silent and early cinema which can be found at  …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 31, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

History of Photography in 40 Photographs .....

Forty photographs have been selected from the National Photography Collection (National Media Museum) to give an overview of the history and development of photography in the West. From Fox Talbot's earliest calotypes to Richard Billingham's … Continue

Added by Michael Wong on December 30, 2010 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

World's first exhibition of platinum-palladium prints?

What is said to be the world's first exhibition of platinum-palladium prints, an exceptional technology allowing the photographs to last for thousands of years, is taking place in Bangkok. Since the late 1980s, the…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 30, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Yvon: France's best-known Unknown Photographer

Well, that's what one contemporary critic called  Pierre Yves-Petit (1886-1969), who went by the name of Yvon.

 

This is because no other images of Paris are better captured than those by him. Petit came of age with the picture postcard, which was introduced in 1870 and…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 29, 2010 at 22:17 — No Comments

Victorian Photographer Francis Frith: finding of a huge collection of his Glass Negatives and Prints:

While studying my Prints taken from the Glass Plates of the Victorian Photographer, Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird (see my Blog) in my local village Pub on Boxing Day - I, by chance discussed the Prints with a couple who were visiting the Pub, and they informed me that they had a huge Collection (1000's of Glass Negatives and Prints) taken by the Victorian Photographer, Francis Frith. I am subsequently in communication with them, as this appears to be a very important Collection in the history of… Continue

Added by Alan M. Preston on December 27, 2010 at 16:11 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in 19th-Century Photography

In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in 19th-Century Photography features some of the first photographic images of the eastern margins of the Mediterranean. This region is one of the…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 26, 2010 at 22:51 — 2 Comments

Event: New Directions in Contemporary Photography

One of the great paradigm shifts in contemporary art over the past 20 years has been the movement of photography into the realm of fine art. The critical and commercial success of artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky, who are represented by contemporary art galleries, and the appointment of photography curators to top public galleries such as Tate Modern and Guggenheim, has ensured that the medium is increasingly regarded as a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Job: Curator, Ikon Gallery

Ikon, one of the UK’s leading international contemporary art galleries seeks a dynamic and creative individual for the post of Curator. They will work with the Director to initiate and deliver an ambitious exhibition programme at the gallery and off-site. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years experience…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 21, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Photo Archive: P&O Heritage Collection

P&O has a long and proud history stretching right back to 1815 when "a young man with no influence and but limited pecuniary means, opened an office in Lime Street, London and commenced business."  The young man was Brodie McGhie Willcox and he was joined in his new endeavour, as ship…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 21, 2010 at 16:56 — No Comments

Just published: What's wrong with Daguerre? Reconsidering old and new views on the invention of photography

Following the introduction of the daguerreotype process in 1839, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre was initially regarded as the principal inventor of photography. It was not long, however, before the legitimacy of this title fell under dispute. Other inventors, including Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce and William Henry Fox Talbot most notably, were seen as possible rivals. This debate about the rightful claimant, otherwise known as the…

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Added by Hans Rooseboom on December 20, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

On Tour: One of the largest & most comprehensive corporate collections of photography in the world

Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection -  This exhibition is selected from the wide-ranging art holdings of Bank of America, one of the largest and most comprehensive corporate collections of photography in the world.…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 19, 2010 at 11:27 — No Comments

Exhibition: Exposed: Photography and the Classical Nude

 

Exposed: Photography and the Classical Nude is a celebration of the naked human body in photography - and of the influence of the Classical ideal of ancient Greece and Rome on that art form.

From the 1840s to the present day, many of the great names…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 19, 2010 at 11:10 — No Comments

Annie Leibovitz visits the NMeM

 

World renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz visited the National Media Museum on Tuesday 14 December - the latest stop on a personal journey she is undertaking looking at places relating to inspirational and culturally significant people. Her…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 19, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments

Fritz Kricheldorff

I just obtained a Kricheldorff Klapp Reflex listed as from 1905. It is a very interesting folding SLR with a focal plane shutter. I have found it impossible to discover much about the maker, could not find his patent, but believe he made this camera with some variations betwen 1905 and 1910, possibly later. Can anybody help with more information? I can post pictures if people are interested.

Added by Don Baldwin on December 17, 2010 at 15:17 — 1 Comment

Conference review: William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography

A review of the conference "William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography" (24-26 June 2010, CRASSH, Cambridge) can be found here: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/1113/40

 

 

Added by Mirjam Brusius on December 16, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: 19th Century British Photographs

This exhibition of photographs from the National Gallery of Canada is the third in a series of survey exhibitions that examine iconic works from the Photographs Collection and situate them within a historical and social context. Photographs by some of the medium’s…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 16, 2010 at 11:21 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Lives of Great Photographers

The Lives of Great Photographers is a compelling new exhibition drawn exclusively from the National Media Museum’s  extensive and diverse Photography Collection,  including works from The Royal Photographic Society  Collection and the Daily Herald Archive. Together this exhibition presents a selection…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 16, 2010 at 11:20 — No Comments

Exhibition: National Portrait Gallery to stage Kar

Perhaps not generally known, but Ida Kar (1908-74) was a pioneer who photographed some of the most important artists of her generation – including Henry Moore, Georges Braque and Jean-Paul Sartre. Kar was born in Russia in 1908 and studied in Paris at the height of the surrealist movement. By the late…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 16, 2010 at 11:20 — No Comments

University of Rochester and George Eastman House Announce Collaborative Alliance

The University of Rochester and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the world's preeminent museum of imaging, have entered into an alliance to further public engagement, research, and education in the arts and…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 12, 2010 at 22:53 — No Comments

Archive: Vatican to digitize 8 million images

The Vatican is embarking on a project to restore and digitize its archive of more than 8 million photographic images. The images, which date to the 1930s, comprise a unique visual history of…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 12, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

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