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REVIEW: A Companion Guide to Photography in the National Galleries of Scotland

A Companion Guide to Scottish Photography Photography has always held an important place in Scotland ever since its announcement in 1839. The relative freedom with which photographers in Scotland could practice Talbot’s calotype process was instrumental in establishing a nucleus of amateur and professional photographers who quickly became masters of their art. Throughout the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries Scottish photographers have continued to engage with the medium producing engaging art and documentary… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

NMeM: London Presence statement

A spokesperson from the National Media Museum issued a short statement about the museum's London presence following the announcement of the appointment of Charlotte Cotton as Creative Director. Cotton starts in her role in October 2009: "We're unable to disclose information about the venue until we have approval from the government.'Disclosing the venue at this stage could jeopardise the project. We hope to be in a position… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

UPDATE: Charlotte Cotton joins NMeM

The National Media Museum, Bradford, have now issued a formal press release regarding Charlotte Cotton who is joining the museum in October 2009.



National Media Museum Appoints

Creative Director for London Galleries


The National Media Museum in Bradford has appointed Charlotte Cotton to its new role of Creative Director for its future London Galleries. Charlotte will be charged with delivering an exciting vision for the content of the Museum’s special exhibitions… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2009 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

UK EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Cotton joins NMeM as Creative Director

Charlotte Cotton. Photographer: unknown Charlotte Cotton is to join the National Media Museum in Bradford as Creative Director. Rumours had been swilling around the photographic community for five or six weeks and I am now able to confirm this news. Cotton had recently left her job at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she had been curator and head of the photographs department. The NMeM had yet to officially confirm this news which was first reported in the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

Virtual Exhibition: The Forth Bridge Evelyn George Carey- Engineer-Photographer

A selection of images taken from the Benjamin Baker: Bridging the World Exhibition can be seen on line for those who are unable to visit the venue in person. The exhibition will be shown in London later in the year and I will forward relevant details as and when they become available.



In addition, in September there will be a symposium on Photography and Engineering organised by the Ordine degli Ingeneri di Padova and Venice University in the Autumn.



Details will follow as… Continue

Added by michaelg on July 15, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

A village lost and found

Many months ago I reported here that Brian May and Elena Vidal's book on series of stereographs of the 1850s photographer T. R. Williams Scenes in Our Village was going to be published in October 2009. Well, the project continues on schedule. The book is currently in press and the stereoscope that will accompany it has been designed, prototyped and is being… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

World's smallest gallery to open in Settle

Roger Taylor inside the Gallery on the Green, Settle What is claimed to be the world's smallest gallery opens in a former BT telephone box on the green in Settle, North Yorkshire, on 11 July. The gallery will be opened by the Mayor of Settle, Councillor Barbara McLernon.



The decommissioned box was restored in a project led by local volunteers, with help from the local council. 'Contributions are welcomed from members of the public and must be no larger than a postcard,' said the gallery's curator Professor Roger Taylor… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2009 at 8:00 — No Comments

Abelardo Morell at the Fox Talbot Museum

Added by Roger Watson on July 6, 2009 at 17:34 — No Comments

New jobs: Research Fellows at De Montfort University

Two new jobs at De Montfort University have been advertised. De Montfort University has a well established reputation for providing web access to primary research sources in the history of photography. You will help to shape and to realise our long term plan to establish us as a centre of excellence, by delivering this ambition in partnership with other organisations that share our zeal for the subject.



Research Fellow in Photographic History (0.2FTE). Part Time.… Continue

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

Online Exhibition - Countryside Images

The Museum of English Rural life at the University of Reading (UK) would lke to invite you to visit the Farmer and Stockbreeder collection online exhibition at http://www.reading.ac.uk/merl/research/countrysideimages/merl-list.asp



Categories include: Agricultural Labour and People; Cattle; Children and Young Farmers; Crafts; Crops and Fruit; Harvesting and Picking; Haystacks, Ricks and Thatching; Horses; Land Cultivation; Machinery; Marketing and Packaging; Milking and Dairying;… Continue

Added by Guy Baxter on June 25, 2009 at 10:24 — No Comments

Forthcoming book: Points of View. Capturing the 19th century in photographs

British Library, London This publication will be available from November 2009 to coincide with the British Library's major autumn exhibition highlighting photography within the Library.The book, for the first time, brings together a selection of images from the Library's collections. It examines the history, diversity and influence of photography from its invention and early years up to the growth of a popular amateur market in the early twentieth century. Begining with the work of William Henry Fox Talbot… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

Forth Bridge: Evelyn George Carey

Evelyn George Carey Forth Bridge | Testo di Michael Gray & Angelo Maggi

Federico Motta Editore | Milano 2009 | 144pp 260 x 290 mm | Duotone | Hardback | Italian & English



Quoting from the text:



"The building of the Forth Bridge was marked and controlled through photography; the official photographer: Evelyn George Carey, a young engineer and personal assistant to the designer, Benjamin Baker worked on the… Continue

Added by michaelg on June 19, 2009 at 0:36 — No Comments

History of Photography teaching post

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Design: Photography History Specialist (1fte or 0.5fte) at Middlesex University.

Full details available here: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/staffjobs/docs/ARTS208.pdf

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 17, 2009 at 7:12 — No Comments

Nineteenth century source material

Although this blog is not intended as a buying/selling forum, BPH members might be interested to learn that a UK bookseller has the following books available. As most of you will be aware these volumes are very useful sources for the period:



British Journal Photographic Almanac - 1871, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1880 (all paper covers); plus 1892, 1894 (lack covers)

Year Book of Photography - 1880, 1882, 1886, 1889, 1890, 1891 (all paper covers)



The bookseller… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal : Call for the candidates for the 12th Presentation: Guest Curator

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is launching its call for the Guest Curator for the 12th presentation of the international biennale of contemporary photography that will take place in September 2011.



Every two years since 1989, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal produces an innovative photography event that serves as a catalyst for artists, other specialists of the image and the general public. This event promotes different tendencies in contemporary photography and creates international… Continue

Added by Gaëlle Morel on June 11, 2009 at 19:00 — No Comments

St Andrews Photographic Collection looking for post-grad intern

Hello everyone,



As a result of unfortunate circumstances we've lost our summer intern and are seeking a post graduate level student or recent graduate to work with our team in the Photographic Collection of the University of St Andrews library.



This placement would begin in mid-July and last for 6-8 weeks. Candidates must have training or keen interest in working directly with photographic materials, and have in-depth knowledge of photographic history. The work would… Continue

Added by Marc Boulay on June 5, 2009 at 16:40 — 1 Comment

Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History

MA Photographic History and Practice De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its new MA in Photographic History and Practice. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International. To apply for the Wilson Fellowship, please submit a piece of recent writing on photographic history no longer than 10,000 words, in English, to the Admissions Committee. For applications to the MA,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 27, 2009 at 19:08 — No Comments

NMeM outline pros and cons of flickr publishing

NMeM Flickr site In a blog entry reporting on a conference dealing with the cultural sector’s use of social media, broadcasting and the web Tristan Roddis reports on a presentation by Peter Lawther, the Senior Online Marketing Executive at the National Media Museum in Bradford's. Roddis notes... Lawther outlined the opportunities and pitfalls of publishing photographs on the Flickr Commons. In brief, the upsides were a huge increase in reach and engagement (they even got a contribution… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2009 at 14:26 — No Comments

NMeM job: Exhibition Organiser

The National Media Museum, Bradford, is looking for an Exhibition Organiser. As an Exhibition Organiser you will manage the development of exhibitions, co-ordinate project teams and other stakeholders to ensure exhibitions are delivered on time, budget and to the highest standard. You will be involved in all aspects of exhibition preparation and delivery, you will co-ordinate all exhibition administration, co-ordinate the development of interpretation strategies and plan and oversee… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2009 at 8:03 — No Comments

NMeM Jobs: Content developers

National Media Museum, Bradford The National Media Museum, Bradford, is advertising for one full-time and one part-time context developer to undertake research to a given brief and to be assigned to a project for a defined period to support Exhibition Organisers, Curators or Web Developers. You will undertake picture research and rights clearance and liaise with outside institutions to obtain information. The salary is £18,900.00 per annum (pro rata for part-time).



The National Media Museum is an… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 18, 2009 at 18:43 — No Comments

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