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'Victoria and Albert: Art & Love' - new exhibition includes photographs from Prince Albert's collection

A selection of photographs from the collection of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, taken between 1848 and 1860, will be on display from Friday 19 March at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London. Works by Roger Fenton, J.J.E. Mayall, Richard Beard, T. Brunell, Leonida Caldesi, Oscar Mallitte, Comte de Montizon and Gustave Le Gray are included.

The exhibition, which also includes oil paintings, watercolours, decorative arts, jewels and textiles, examines the art…

Added by Sophie Gordon on March 18, 2010 at 13:50 — No Comments

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection

Helmut Gernsheim (1913-1995) was one of the most influential figures in the history of photography. He was one of a handful of people whose original research, collecting and writing took the field seriously and changed the way it was regarded. His scholarly and encyclopaedic book, The History of Photography (1955), co-written with his wife Alison, became the authoritative source on the subject. Over the years, Gernsheim managed to assemble a peerless collection of works by leading British,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 18, 2010 at 11:28 — 1 Comment

NMeM: Head of Development appointed

The National Media Museum has appointed a head of development after advertising the post recently. The successful applicant will start on 29 March. Although I have been asked not able to disclose his name until then if anyone uses Twitter a suitable search may pull up the name for you...

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

NMeM: London presence - more details

More details of the requirements the Natuonal Media Museum require for its London presence have emerged which start to add shape to the project...

The National Media Museum is seeking an architectural and engineering team to undertake the design and onstruction of its London Galleries Project that consists of a suite of facilities created for a range of cultural programming, which will open in September 2012. The National Media Museum’s team of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 11, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Niépce in England - a major conference

The National Media Museum, Bradford, and Getty Conservation Institute, have announced a major international conference on recent advancements in scientifi…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes Before the Digital Age

For those BPH-bloggers interested in the technological developments in photographic processes from the origins of the medium until the advent of digital photography, there is an interesting book just published in Jan 2010. Written by Sarah Kennel with Diane Waggoner and Alice Carver-Kubik, the book is a compilation of essential information about the predominant negative, positive, and photomechanical processes in use since…


Added by Michael Wong on March 7, 2010 at 18:16 — 2 Comments

Photography! A Special Collection from the University of Leiden

For those of you who still haven't had a chance to visit the amazing British Library Points of View exhibition, you better to do as it ends this Sunday (7th March) !

However, if you happen to be in the Netherlands, near the Hague, anytime from now until 23rd April, you can catch a Dutch 'version' which they have called 'Photography' which covers the development of photography, from pioneer to the Dutch New Photography movement.

The first image produced using the camera… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 5, 2010 at 18:08 — No Comments

NMeM job: Exhibitions Organiser

The National Media Museum has six floors of free galleries, including two temporary spaces. You’ll help us fill them with inspiring exhibitions by leading project teams, liaising with stakeholders and managing budgets of up to £50,000. You will plan and oversee installations, and complete all relevant admin duties, from contracts and insurance to transportation, ensuring all exhibitions are delivered on time and to the highest standard.

Coming from a similar role in a museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 5, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

George Shadbolt honoured

The life and work of a pioneering the nineteenth-century photographer and journal editor was commemorated at the end of February with a blue heritage plaque. George Shadbolt (1819-1901) is thought to be one of the first people to take a photograph through a microscope and recorded some of the earliest pictures of the Crouch End area, around his old home Cecile House, in

Crouch Hill. His home has since been turned into Kestrel House School which provides education for young people with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Fenton export bar for Crimean photograph

Culture Minister, Margaret Hodge, has placed a temporary export bar on a rare photograph by the pioneering nineteenth-century British photographer Roger Fenton. This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the photograph, titled Pasha and Bayadère, in this country.

The Minister’s ruling follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, administered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 3, 2010 at 20:06 — 1 Comment

Wet Plate Collodion Photography - Frederick Archer

In honor of Frederick Scott Archer (1813–1857) , the inventor of the

Wet Plate Collodion photographic process, a new commemorative plaque

will be unveiled on his grave (Square 120 by the canal) on Saturday,

May 1, 2010. The Collodion Collective and World Wet Plate Day organized

and is sponsoring this event. There will be a live Wet Plate Collodion

demonstration, and an exhibition of Wet Plate Collodion work from

artists throughout the world at the Dissenters'… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 3, 2010 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Alice and Edith Liddell

Hello All,

The subject of Alice being very topical, I thought you might enjoy a CDV of Alice and Edith.

It comes from an album of the Mac Corquodale family in Scotland.

Any comments on the possible photographer would be appreciated.

Kind regards,

Meir Berk…


Added by Meir Berk on March 3, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

Irving Penn symposium

The National Portrait Gallery is holding a symposium around its current Irving Penn Portraits exhibition. Join leading photographers and art historians discussing themes and ideas around the exhibition. Speakers include photographers Paolo Roversi and Bettina Von Zwehl, exhibition curator Magdalene Keaney, Edward Barber, Director of Fashion Photography London, College of Fashion, Virginia Heckert, curator of Irving Penn: Small Trades at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Philippe Garner,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 3, 2010 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

V&A/British Museum buy Middle Eastern photography

The Independent Charity The Art Fund has allocated £100,000 to the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum to help create a national collection of recent Middle Eastern photography. The two museums approached the Fund last year, and have so far received £57,000 to buy 31 works. Apart from being a young area in the art market where prices are affordable, Middle Eastern photography is also an area of growing interest. For the V&A, the acquisitions will fit into its national… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 2, 2010 at 13:03 — No Comments

NMeM Curator job

The National Media Museum, Bradford, is currently looking for an Associate Curator of Cinematography, working 21.6 hours per week (fixed term for 23 months). The salary is £21,302 pro rata (£12,781 per annum). With three dedicated cinemas and an impressive collection of over 13,000 important cinematography artefacts, film is at the heart of the National Media Museum’s offering. Working closely with the Curator of Cinematography you’ll make sure it stays there by researching and creating…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 2, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

Photographic archive - Jewish Museum London

The Jewish Museum, after a £10m transformation, is due to reopen in Camden Town on 17 March 2010. Its picture library (over 20,000 images) has been fully digitised as TIFFs or JPEGs, for print or online use. The link to the library can be found here:

The largest category of images in the photographic archive are black and white photographs of Jewish life in London dating… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

NMeM set to launch search for London presence design team

Design Week reports that the National Media Museum, Bradford, is set to launch a search for a team to provide integrated design services, including architecture and engineering, for its London Galleries Project. The project will see the creation of 1500m2 of exhibition galleries in a location in the capital believed to be at the Science Museum in South Kensington. The NMeM's Charlotte Cotton who is based at the Science Museum is heading the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

NMeM signage and foyer works

Mention was made here last year of a major project to revamp the National Media Museum's signage and foyer area. This work which cost around £350,000 is now complete. Click here for details of the original report:

( The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2010 at 7:14 — No Comments

Eadweard Muybridge at Tate London

Eadweard Muybridge, Back Somersault c.1887, Courtesy Kingston Museum and Heritage Service The pioneering British photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) will be the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Britain in autumn 2010. Bringing together around 150 works, this exhibition will demonstrate how Muybridge broke new ground in the emerging art form of photography. From his iconic images of animals and humans in motion to depictions of the sublime landscapes and life of the dynamic America of the later nineteenth century, the exhibition will explore the ways in… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

The Narrator’s Gaze, Fifty years of Documentary Photography

The National Coal Mining Museum for England will be hosting a symposium, entitled ‘The Narrator’s Gaze, fifty years of documentary photography’, on Friday 26 March 2010, from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The event is being held in association with the new special exhibition, ‘Northern Soul, John Bulmer’s images of life and Times in the 1960s’.

A pioneer of colour photography during the 1960s, Bulmer’s work was included in the very first colour…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2010 at 6:53 — No Comments

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