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Old Chinese photography

Although not strictly about British photography the following site includes references to British photographers, publishers before 1911. Terry Bennett announces the launch of a new site covering early photography in China. The site can be viewed here: http://www.oldchinaphotography.com/

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2010 at 13:43 — No Comments

Haworth-Booth a finale

Mark Haworth-Booth describes on his blog..."An early copy of my book on Camille Silvy arrived from the National Portrait Gallery. We sat on the sofa and looked through every page. It is wonderful! I won't get my other copies until June. This is my finale as a photo-historian and I'm thrilled with it."

The Silvy exhibition will take place at the National Portrait Gallery later this year - it promises to be the exhibition of the year for me and many…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

Last photograph of adventurer Captain Scott to be sold off at auction

The last photograph taken of Westcountry-born adventurer Captain Robert Scott and his wife before his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole will be auctioned off soon. The black and white picture was taken by Steffano Webb, a New Zealand photographer based in Christchurch, just before the 1910 trip to Antarctica is expected to fetch £4,500. In total nine of Webb's photographs of Scott's Terra Nova expedition, taken at Lyttelton in… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 21, 2010 at 10:24 — No Comments

Research Officer post available...

Elizabeth Edwards is directing a HERA Funded Project 'Photographs, Colonial Legacy And Museums In Contemporary European Culture' PhotoCLEC, University Of The Arts London

A leading collaborative research project with University of Bergen and VU University Amsterdam, HERA's "Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity" strand will examine the ways in which museums reflect and respond to varieties of colonial experiences and their specific visual legacies. It will focus especially…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2010 at 4:30 — No Comments

Images of a rich heritage goes online ...

No kidding, but we have news of yet another photo archive going online.



The public are now able to search online a catalogue describing more than a million historical photographs and documents relating to England’s historic buildings and archaeological sites held by the National Monuments Record (NMR), English Heritage’s public archive. This includes images, plans, drawings, reports and publications covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 20, 2010 at 17:37 — No Comments

The Lockey Photographs - Too Good to Miss .....

The Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution's (BRLSI) Collection includes an album of photographs of

the home counties and other localities by Hilditch, and albums of photographs from 19th century China and Japan presented by the Vacher family. However, an important part of the Collection are the negatives of 86 photographs of Bath taken by the Rev Francis Lockey between 1849 and 1861, using the Fox Talbot calotype process.



In a recent newsletter, the Chair of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 20, 2010 at 10:58 — No Comments

Museum of London's New Galleries Open ...

On 28 May 2010 the Museum of London unveils its spectacular £20 million Galleries of Modern London.



Three years in the making, five new galleries tell the story of London and its people from 1666 to the present day. 7,000 objects, show-stopping interactives, specially designed family areas, film and changing displays, transport you through the capital’s tumultuous history, rich with drama, triumph and near…
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Added by Michael Wong on May 18, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron - Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection

An exhibition of early British photographs from the Royal Collection opens at Aberdeen Art Gallery on 12 June, running until 21 August 2010.


There is a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, which will also be online at the time of the exhibition.…


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Added by Sophie Gordon on May 16, 2010 at 12:22 — No Comments

Vintage Photographs to Spearhead Sotheby's Photographs Sale

Sotheby's London May 20 sale of Photographs will offer 126 lots covering the history of photography from the beginnings through to the present with offerings of Contemporary works. Among the sale highlights are two superb examples of the work of Eugène Atget, which have come from a private French collection: La Villette, Rue Asselin, Fille publique faisant le quart devant sa porte is a signature image from an artist who has been called the first Modernist photographer (lot 7, est.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 15, 2010 at 14:39 — No Comments

V&A Photography Gallery opens ......

To celebrate the annual re-display of V&A's permanent photography collection gallery, which also includes many recent acquisitions, the Museum held a special viewing on Friday (14th May). One of the highlights was the new display "The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society". This pioneering weekly publication was founded in 1962 and continued as an independent magazine until 1988.



The magazine carried a large number of illustrations and 'black & white'… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 15, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

NMeM secure government support for London base - for now

Amateur Photographer magazine reports that the National Media Museum has received government approval to open a London base. A spokesperson for the Bradford-based museum said this afternoon: 'We have received approval from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for this project.'



Last night, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC's Newsnight that 'none' of the DCMS's budgets are protected in light of the cutbacks expected to be outlined by the new…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

De Montfort university reveal images

A wealth of vital information about the early days of photography could be unearthed by a computer program which mimics human decision-making. De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has amassed a collection of hundreds of exhibition catalogues containing invaluable information about individual photographs but the images themselves are missing as the catalogues were printed before the technology existed to reproduce pictures alongside…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

150-Year-Old Photos Find New Home

Just as when you thought it was safe, out comes yet another announcement of a photo archive going online. This time it's from BT. Yes, British Telecoms.



Over 1,000 historic BT Archive images from the 1860s onwards can now be downloaded thanks to Telefocus - the new BT Archives Image Gallery. It’s the first time the images have been open to the public online. The gallery offers a fascinating insight into the history of telecommunications through images,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 13, 2010 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Tate Modern is 10 : More active in Photography

Tate Modern has used the occasion of its 10th birthday not only to show how it is expanding its collection beyond Europe and North America, but more importantly becoming more active in photography, recently appointing a photography curator. It has also announced the formation of a Photography Acquisitions Committee, to be launched on 19 May, to demonstrate Tate’s ongoing… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 12, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

MoMA presents history of photography through the lens of female photographers

The Museum of Modern Art's (New York) photography collection is so rich that it can present virtually the entire history of the medium using only images taken by women and in many cases, of women.



Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium’s history from the dawn of the modern period to the present. The show is organized chronologically, beginning with a gallery of 19th and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 12, 2010 at 10:04 — No Comments

Frederick Evans at the National Media Museum

Frederick H. Evans (June 26, 1853 – June 24, 1943) was a noted British photographer, best known for his architectural subjects, particularly images of English and French cathedrals. He started life as a bookseller, but retired in 1898 to become a full-time photographer, when he adopted the platinotype technique for his photography.



For those BPH bloggers who are fans of his work, but can't make it to the special exhibition put together by the J… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 10, 2010 at 10:05 — No Comments

Études Photographiques n°25 Bilingual issue French-English

Olivier LUGON

Avant la forme tableau. Le grand format photographique dans l’exposition «Signs of Life», 1976

Before the Tableau Form : Large Photographic Formats in the Exhibition

“Signs of Life”, 1976







Éléonore CHALLINE

La mémoire photographique. Les commémorations de la photographie en France (1880 - 1940)

Photography and Memory : Commemoration of Photography in France (1880 -

1940)







Dominique DE…

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Added by Gaëlle Morel on May 10, 2010 at 7:03 — No Comments

Michael Wilson becomes an Art Fund trustee

The Art Fund has welcomed Michael G Wilson, as a new trustee. Wilson, is chairman of the trustees of the National Media Museum and a collector of photography. He is a film producer and has lectured on photography and film at universities worldwide.

Michael G. Wilson said: "I am delighted to become a trustee of the Art Fund. The organisation does a tremendous job engaging national and regional interest in the arts and ensuring…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2010 at 22:54 — No Comments

British photo history - no future?

The recent national symposium of photography in Derby included Charlotte Cotton from the National Media Museum and Francis Hodgson the Financial Times photography critic as speakers. Although I wasn't able to attend there is a very informative blog report here which I would recommend reading:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2010 at 22:47 — 1 Comment

National Geographic puts scraps of photographic history up for sale

With over 120 years of photographs (which equates to almost 12 million photographs), the National Geographic's (founded in 1888) secret archive chronicles everyday life in almost every culture around the world. The organisation now feels it was time for them to build an awareness of their photography in the art world.



Toronto's Stephen Bulger Gallery is hosting an exhibition through… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 6, 2010 at 10:12 — No Comments

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