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December 2010 Blog Posts (30)

Exhibition: The End of Professional Darkrooms .....

The impact of digital technology on print photography and music production is the subject of a new exhibition entitled ANALOG. It shows us inside the last of London’s photographic darkrooms, as well as taking a visit to a working reel-to-reel music studio.



In 2006, when Richard…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 8, 2010 at 23:27 — No Comments

Book: Felice Beato - A Photographer on the Eastern Road

To accompany the Getty Museum exhibition and lecture, a new book on the fascinating life and work of Felice Beato (1832-1909) who captured some of the first photographs of the Far East will… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on December 8, 2010 at 23:05 — No Comments

Early Photography in the Ottoman Empire

The invention of photography was first announced in Istanbul's local Takvim-i Vekayi newspaper on 28th October 1839, but travelers were already photographing the empire's landscape as early as 1840.



Sultan Abdulhamid II, who reigned from 1876 to 1909, was known as a conservative monarch that was also open to technological development. He was known to… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on December 8, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Christmas Stocking Filler ...

If you had a few spare pounds in your wallet, you should have attended the recent Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna last Saturday. A rare Leica MP2 from 1958 with a starting price of Euros 80,000 was sold to a private collector from Asia for Euros 402,000! That makes it one of the most expensive Leica ever sold at auction. Wondered whether it was the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on December 7, 2010 at 10:15 — No Comments

Book: Eadweard Muybridge, The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs

German publishers, Taschen, have recently released the book Eadweard Muybridge: The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs, a 804-page, lavishly illustrated book about his movement… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on December 6, 2010 at 20:32 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Little Bit of Magic Realised

If you can't quite get enough of Shadow Catchers, the current V&A exhibition pioneering camera-less photography,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on December 6, 2010 at 20:20 — No Comments

Photo Archive: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has made an incredible archive of historic family photographs available online through the free photo-sharing website Flickr. The historic photographic collection includes over…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 2, 2010 at 22:08 — No Comments

Major photograph collection accepted in lieu of tax

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has issued its 2009/10 Acceptance in Lieu Report. Of interest to BPH is the acceptance of 49 prints from the twentieth century which was settled in August 2009 and are now in the Tate Gallery, London. The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2010 at 14:21 — No Comments

Fay Godwin's cameras join NMeM exhibition

Colin Harding reports on the National Media Museum blog that the museum's Fay Godwin exhibition 'Land Revisited' has recently received a welcome addition when a delayed loan from the British Library was finally installed. These include two of her cameras, together with some of her original printing notes and contact sheets. There are two of Fay Godwin's cameras on…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2010 at 7:41 — 1 Comment

Kodachrome: The End of an Era

Kodachrome was released by Kodak in 1935, and became the world's first commercially successful colour film, favoured for its sharpness and durability. Well, the last day that Kodak will accept any prepaid 35mm Kodachrome film for processing in Europe has just passed (30th November 2010), with the final date for the States on 30th December… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on December 1, 2010 at 14:03 — No Comments

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