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NMeM Job: Duty Manager

Job Description:

Duty Manager, Bradford: Full-time position

£19,000 per annum, increasing to £20,000 on successful completion of probationary period




The National Media Museum’s eight galleries and three cinemas attract over 700,000 visitors every
year. You’ll lead the…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 22:09 — No Comments

Rejlander

Hello All,
I have recently acquired a cdv size albumen print, circa 1860,of a genre scene.
The man in the photo looks very much like Rejlander.
Any comments appreciated.
Regards,
Meir

Added by Meir Berk on June 21, 2010 at 19:55 — 1 Comment

Michael Faraday's notes at auction

As a chemist, Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was also interested in the new art of photography and

corresponded with scientists on the subject. He was photographed an extraordinary number of times. The photographs of Faraday held in the Institute of Engineering and Technology Archives include a very early example of a calotype (an early photographic process where the image is produced on paper… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

Frantic bidding for Fenton's photographs at local auction

Auctioneers in the Cotswold were stunned when photography specialists from the USA and Europe bid against each other via telephone pushing the price of five rare Fenton photographs up to £100,000, over five times their combined estimated value.



Dominic Winter auctioneer, Chris Albury, said "I had no idea that these photographs were so rare when I first saw them but it seems likely that there are no more than a handful of each. It was only… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

NMeM: London Presence update

A Freedom of Information request to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that the National Media Museum still sees the Science Museum as the base for its London Presence. The DCMS also confirmed:

  • That it had held no meetings the National Media Museum over its plans for a London Presence between 1 September 2009 and 3 June 2010
  • The Project is expected to cost less than £5 million and therefore does not require any approval from the DCMS
  • The…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2010 at 9:46 — No Comments

Photographs from 19th Century Japan and China: Masterpieces from the Photographic Collection

Sorry ! I know it's not totally appropriate (and I'm slightly bias here for being Oriental !) but this new exhibition does feature images by British pioneers like Felice Beato (half-Italian?) and John Thomson. So, please bear with me.



Following the presentation of outstanding works from the history of 20th century photography, Museum Ludwig is now highlighting a new section of its extensive photographic holdings. Beginning 11 June, a…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 18, 2010 at 9:52 — No Comments

Sunderland’s Antiquarians Society unearths historic Tyneside photos

Whilst sorting through archive material to use for a website, Bill Hawkins, history enthusiast and member of the Sunderland’s Antiquarians Society, discovered boxes of glass plate negatives that were dust covered and laid undisturbed for six decades.



Mr Hawkins, 55, of Sunderland, found around 30 photographs dating back more than 100 years, including images taken of Tynemouth pier and of the High Level Bridge spanning the River Tyne. This treasure trove of…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 15, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Lewis Carroll's favourite model sold for £24,000

Three photographs of Alexandra Rhoda "Xie" Kitchin, one of author Lewis Carroll's favourite models, were auctioned off at Bonhams collectible books sale last week (8th June) for £24,000. They were each on a cabinet card with Carroll's negative number, grading letter as well as a caption in the photographer's hand.



Carroll, a keen photographer, considered these to be among his best work, and showed Alexandra in Danish and Oriental costumes. Kitchin's father was the Dean of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 15, 2010 at 9:54 — No Comments

Muybridge online resource launched

A new digital resource for Muybridge scholars has been launched. The website, the result of an ongoing collaboration between Kingston University and Kingston Museum in the United Kingdom, aims to provide a definitive research resource surrounding the work of nineteenth century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Thesite provides an introduction to Muybridge’s works in historical and social context; and information on the international collections that house them. It is fully searchable.… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2010 at 11:15 — No Comments

Camille Silvy, Photographer of Modern Life, 1834-1910

Camille Silvy was a pioneer of early photography and one of the greatest French photographers of the nineteenth century. This exhibition includes many remarkable images which have not been exhibited since the 1860s.

Over 100 works, including a large number of carte de visites, focus on a ten-year creative burst from 1857-67 working in Algiers, rural France, Paris and London and illustrate how Silvy pioneered many now…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

On-line Auction including rare British cameras

Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. ( - 2008) was a science teacher at The Collegiate School, a boys’ school in New York City, from 1954 to 1995, where he also taught photography. He began collecting cameras in 1960, started researching information on cameras and camera history in 1964, and began writing about them and their history in 1968.



Eaton has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections ofbox-form, magazine and…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 9, 2010 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

NMeM London Presence a step closer?

A fundraising reception was held at the Science Museum on 25 May to introduce a new exhibition space for photography planned there. Mark Haworth-Booth in his blog noted that "My former colleague Charlotte Cotton is its artistic director. Her speech included a choice expletive - 'We just want to fxxxxxg get on with it' - which was very much in character and appropriate."

Amateur Photographer has followed up BPH's…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2010 at 14:50 — No Comments

George Washington Wilson : Destination St. Kilda

George Washington Wilson (1823-93), was a pioneering Scottish photographer born in the North East of Scotland. He went to Edinburgh and then London in the 1840s to train as a portrait miniaturist. He became established in Aberdeen in the 1850s as an ‘artist and photographer’, and quickly made a name for himself as one of Scotland's premier photographers among the middle classes and landed gentry. He soon moved into landscape photography and, thanks to the proximity of Balmoral,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 4, 2010 at 13:04 — 2 Comments

HistoryPin : World’s largest user-generated archive of historic images ?

Whether you love or loath Google's Streetview, the internet search engine giant has teamed up with We Are What We Do to launch a 'historical photography' website which allows consumers to "pin" old pictures of towns and cities on contemporary photographs. The site, entitled Historypin, lets users share their archive photos by loading them up to a specific location on Google Maps or image on Google's… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 4, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

NMeM visitor numbers 2004-2010

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has published visitor numbers for the National Media Museum, Bradford for the 2009/10 financial year. These are reported below alongside recent years. Should anyone require earlier years I have them on request.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

NMeM job: Exhibitions Organiser



The National Media Museum has a diverse and engaging programme of displays and temporary exhibitions, which are seen by thousands of visitors every year. You’ll help make sure they’re delivered on time, budget and to the highest standards by successfully co-ordinating project teams and other stakeholders.

Required Skills:

If you’ve worked before in a similar role at a gallery…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 1, 2010 at 20:40 — No Comments

Vintage camera auctioned for world-record 898,000 dollars

As reported in the blog earlier this year, the world's first commercially produced camera, a daguerreotype, dating from 1839 and bearing the rare signature of its French inventor, sold at auction in Vienna today for a record 732,000 euros (898,000 dollars). It broke the previous record of 576,000 euros, fetched during a Westlicht auction in 2007 for a similar daguerreotype camera made by the Paris company Susse Freres.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 29, 2010 at 23:11 — No Comments

Rhyl historian's photographs of charabancs under the hammer in Colwyn Bay

A unique collection of more than 600 photographic negatives of charabancs and other memorabilia garnered by the late Rhyl collector and historian, John Nickels, was auctioned off by Colwyn Bay auctioneers, Rogers Jones Co, yesterday (Tuesday, May 25).



Mr Nickels, who died aged 80 in 2000, spent a lifetime amassing hundreds of glass negatives, photographs and postcards that were almost thrown out. The entire collection was bought for £2,800 by the Omnibus Society to secure it… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 27, 2010 at 16:54 — No Comments

Llandudno's Camera Obscura re-opens

Llandudno's Camera Obscura was first built in 1859 by an 18-year-old Leo Williams. It was the first of several octagonal dark rooms to be built on the site, all to the same design, and only just one of seven such instruments remaining in the UK.



Perfectly positioned on the heights above the Happy Valley on the Great Orme, the obscura is blessed with a panoramic view extending from Liverpool Bay over Llandudno Pier across to the Little Orme, taking in Penmaenmawr across to… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 27, 2010 at 16:50 — No Comments

Benjamin Brecknell Turner & Amsterdam

According to the V&A records, Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815-94) was one of the first, and remains one of the greatest, British photographers. His images were highly praised during his lifetime for their rustic beauty and grandeur.



Born in London in 1815, Turner started work in the family candle and saddle soap business at the age of 16. In 1849 he took out a licence to practice paper negative photography from its inventor, William Henry Fox Talbot, when the new art… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 23, 2010 at 18:04 — No Comments

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