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Crown and Camera exhibition online

The Royal Collection has put it's first photograph exhibition online. The 1987 exhibition, Crown and Camera, curated by Roger Taylor and Frances Dimond, and shown at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, is now available online on the Royal Collection’s website. The exhibition presents a survey of the 19th century photographic material in the Royal Collection, from 1842 to 1910. It includes the earliest photograph in the collection – a… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2009 at 6:48 — No Comments

Martin Parr to pass his collection to a British institution?

The Art Newspaper reports that British photographer Martin Parr is in talks with Nicholas Serota of the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum to leave his collection of historic and contemporary British photographs to the nation. Neither institution would confirm the story. Parr claims he is not looking to make a profit on any deal.



Over the over the last twenty years Parr has assembled an important survey of 700 British documentary photos and book dummies. This… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Research Studentship: Images of China in the West

In conjunction with the National Media Museum, the University of Bolton wishes to offer a postgraduate research studentship for a suitable candidate to undertake research on relevant collections within the National Media Museum in the following areas:

Interpretations of China by nineteenth century European - chiefly British - photographers

Images of China prior to the Cultural Revolution

A comparative study of images of China from European and Chinese… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2009 at 6:26 — No Comments

Pete James gains RPS award

Peter James, Head of Photography at Birmingham Central Library has been given the 2009 Colin Ford Award by the Royal Photographic Society.



The award, instituted in 2003, bears the name of Colin Ford CBE, the first Director of the National Museum of Photography Film and Television in Bradford (now the National Media Museum). It is normally given each year to honour an individual who has contributed in a major way to curatorship. It has… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

My Favorite Photograph

“Pamela’s Circle c. 1740”

Ambrotype by Judith Harrison Kalter

{see photograph in "Photos" on above tabs}





“Pamela’s Circle c. 1740” is a quarter plate ambrotype on black glass. It measures

3 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches and is still without a proper case. This is now my favorite photograph because it was made in the 21st Century, using a process devised in the 19th Century with equipment from the early-mid 20th Century to photograph a book written in the 18th Century. One of… Continue

Added by Antiquarianphotographer on August 31, 2009 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

NMeM collection discovers a new Demachy

PhD student, Julien Faure-Conorton, shows the newly discovered Demachy print. Photo: Mark Green, NMeM The NMeM blog reports that a PhD student has discovered a new Demachy print in the museum's collections. Student, Julien Faure-Conorton from Paris, found the print Ploërmel, Brittany hidden beneath another print in the collection, La Cueillette, which is part of the Royal Photographic Society material now housed in Bradford.



In the words of the blog posting:



The full story is… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

New publication: Chinese Photography

British bookseller Bernard Quaritch Ltd has published the first comprehensive history of the earliest years of photography in China. It combines previously unpublished research with over 150 photographs, many of which are attributed and published here for the first time. Terry Bennett describes the way in which the discovery of photography in China was framed against the tumultuous backdrop of the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion and the opening of numerous treaty ports to foreign… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2009 at 6:30 — No Comments

Early British Infra Red Photography

Donald Stewart is looking for information on early uses of, and references to, infra red photography. In particular, and in his own words: "I'm trying to get information on early British infra red photography, experiments or practice but other than its use in astronomical studies"...Please comment here so that he can pick up any feedback.

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2009 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Early Popular Visual Culture

The latest issue of this journal (Volume 7, Issue 2 July 2009), carries a paper by Julia F. Munro, titled 'The optical stranger': Photographic anxieties in British periodical literature of the 1840s and early 1850s, pages 167-183.



The abstract reads: An examination of periodical literature from the period of the invention of photography in 1839 and onwards reveals that the reception of the medium on the part of the Victorians was characterized by an ambivalent response of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 6, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Points of View at the British Library

Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs

30 October 2009 - 7 March 2010
. Admission free.

• New exhibition unlocks treasure trove of images from the dawn of photography

• Over 250 rarely-seen images trace development from gentleman's pursuit to mass pastime

• Social document, art form – and a window onto the spirit world…

170 years since its invention, photography remains the main technology through which we understand and record the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2009 at 20:32 — No Comments

Modern Calotypists and paper negative makers arise!

We are on the hunt for all modern calotypists and paper negative makers, whatever process involved.



The Fox Talbot Museum is trying to track down the few lonely calotypists out there to create a network for exchanging information and ideas. So far we've had image makers from Spain, France, Britain and the US sign up.



If you know anyone out there who has made paper negative, whether Talbot's or Le Gray's process or one of their own, drop us a line at… Continue

Added by Roger Watson on August 5, 2009 at 18:59 — No Comments

Visual Culture in Britain

The publisher, Routledge, is delighted to announce that Volume 10, Issue 1 of Visual Culture in Britain is now available. This is the journal's first issue published by Routledge and to celebrate it is offering free online access to all articles in this issue for the remainder of 2009.



Of particualr interest to readers of BPH is a paper by Venda Louise Pollock titled Dislocated Narratives and Sites of Memory: Amateur Photographic Surveys in Britain 1889–1897.… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2009 at 5:37 — No Comments

Roger Taylor awarded Washington DC professorship

One of the world’s leading photographic history experts from De Montfort University (DMU) has been awarded a prestigious professorship from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., US. The National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) has awarded the 2010 Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship to Roger Taylor, Professor of Photographic History, and Senior Research Fellow at DMU in Leicester. His role as the Safra Visiting Professor will involve working… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 4, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

NMeM launches blog

The National Media Museum in Bradford has launched a blog written by Museum staff. The blog takes a behind the scenes look at happenings within the Museum. Recent postings show the museum's offsite storage facility at Black Dyke Mills, a creative writing group at the museum and the Curator of Cinematography, Michael Harvey, being filmed for a Canadian TV documentary. Click here to view:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 1, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

NPG Exhibitions

London's National Portrait Gallery is always a good source of photography exhibitions. Currently on view are small case displays of
• the work of Gilbert Adams (1906–96), Bertram Park (1883–1972) and Yvonne Gregory (1889–1970)
• Alfred, Lord Tennyson, including work by Julia Margaret Cameron
• four platinum prints by Eveleen Myers
as well as plenty of other photographs. The NPG is always worth a visit.

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2009 at 19:32 — No Comments

NMeM digitises Zoltán Glass archive

Zoltan Glass photograph The National Media Museum in Bradford, UK, is currently undertaking a major digitsation project (details of the job to do this was posted here some months ago). The project aims to scan a large proportion of the photographs housed in the Zoltán Glass archive, will systematically catalogue the work of the artist, whose main creative periods came in the 1930s and 1950s, and to make them accessible in digital format. The Bradford collection numbers around 6,000 images in total; the work… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

Job: Deputy Print Sales Manager

The Photographers' Gallery wishes to appoint a full time Deputy Manager of Print Sales with demonstrable experience of working within a commercial gallery. The Deputy Manager will work with the Print Sales Manager and Print Sales Coordinators to maximize income from the sale of photographic prints. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to generate sales, handle fine art photographic prints, collaborate with artists, curate exhibitions and displays as well as be host to excellent… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2009 at 6:54 — No Comments

Workshops: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs

To coincide with the British Library's forthcoming major exhibition: Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs, the BL is running two workshops for Year 7-13, FE and HE students. They are available: Monday to Friday from Wednesday 4 November 2009 until Friday 5 March 2010 and run 90 minutes. Group size: minimum 10, maximum 30.



Time Frame: for history… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 22, 2009 at 18:50 — No Comments

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

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