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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

Photographic books available

The bookseller Quaritch and auction house Christie's have both published photographic book catalogues which include material of British interest. At Quaritch contact Lindsey Stewart (e: l.stewart@quaritch.com) and to view the Christie's e-catalogue click here.

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 5, 2010 at 5:32 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Photography As Art Since The Sixties

The Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex in collaboration with the Tate invites applications for a fully-funded AHRC PhD studentship to commence October 2010. The topic for the doctoral research project is 'Photography as Art since the Sixties'.

The research topic concerns photography's recent history, notably, its transformation from anti-aesthetic, post-conceptual document to large scale pictorial art. It…

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

Free Symposium

Eadweard Muybridge - Re-presenting History in the Digital Age



Hosted by the BFI (NFT2)

Friday 21st May 2010

2 - 5.30pm



A symposium marking the culmination of a 6 month Arts and Humanities Research Council project, between Kingston University and Kingston Museum in South West London. The symposium celebrates the launch of an innovative on-line resource which draws together information on collections of Muybridge's work world-wide for the first… Continue

Added by Peta louise Cook on May 3, 2010 at 14:02 — No Comments

NMeM seeks a cataloguer

The National Media Museum, Bradord, is looking for a cataloguer to work full-time for 16 weeks to help transfer information and images of objects from the collections onto a website which will showcase thier world class…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

Sara Stevenson to leave the SNPC

News reaches the blog that Sara Stevenson, chief curator of the Scottish National Photography Collection and a respected scholar of photographic history - particularly of the work of Hill and Adamson - is leave her post in May 2010. Sara will be joining the University of Glasgow as a Research Fellow where she will be working in the special collections department with David Weston. The department has an outstanding collection of early photography.

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

Alfred Watkins exposure meters

I am researching Alfred Watkins exposure meters. Would be interested to buy more unusual varieties, and also seeking a copy of his biography by his son Allen Watkins.

Many thanks for any help.

Added by Jeff Gould on May 1, 2010 at 20:12 — 3 Comments

Frederick Scott Archer honoured and photo-history revised

Scott Archer commemorative plaque / © Michael Pritchard 2010 In a ceremony at Kensal Green cemetery today, Saturday, 1 May 2010, Frederick Scott Archer was honoured with the unveiling of a plaque on his grave. In addition, those present were able to see for the first time a surviving link to Archer with the re-erection of the original head stone recording his death that had long been lost. Also, John Brewer announced that photo-historians had incorrectly recorded Archer's death as 2 May 1857 when, in fact, he had died on 1 May…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 1, 2010 at 18:34 — 2 Comments

Photography Festival - Lacock Abbey - This Weekend !

Don't forget about the special 3-day photography festival being held at Lacock Abbey this Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate 175 years since the first photographic negative was created by former Lacock Abbey resident, William Henry Fox Talbot.



The National Trust-organised event will allow visitors to find out more about the momentous discovery, which changed the way we document the world; make your own photo frame; dress up and be photographed in Victorian dress and much… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 1, 2010 at 16:39 — No Comments

19th-Century French Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada

For those BPH readers who are interested in 19th century French photographers but can't make it to the exhibition (see 'Events' for info) in Canada, the accompanying catalogue is available at amazon.co.uk for around £36 (ISBN-10: 0888848730).



La Daguerréotypomanie, Théodore Maurisset’s 1840 lithographic depiction of the craze — it is part of the National Gallery’s “19th Century French Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada” exhibition. Amongst the displays include the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 1, 2010 at 16:13 — No Comments

V&A Photography Gallery: The Other Britain Revisited

The Victoria & Albert Museum's Photography Gallery's annual redisplay opens from 30 April 2010 and features many recent acquisitions. Accompanying this is The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society.

More here: www.vam.ac.uk/photography

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments

NMeM tight-lipped over funding

Amateur Photographer magazine reports that election rules mean that the National Media Museum is barred from saying whether it fears government cutbacks may scupper its plan to open a base in London.



The NMM, which is Britain's flagship photography museum, has yet to confirm whether it has been granted government funding for the project which is expected to see the creation of 1500m2 of exhibition galleries at a location in the capital yet to be named.



In the run…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2010 at 7:19 — No Comments

NMeM seeks a Major Projects Manager

Working closely with the Senior Project Manager, you’ll lead internal and external stakeholders to ensure major projects are completed on time and budget. Whether managing external supplier contracts, overseeing the CDM process or co-ordinating the delivery of work packages, you’ll inspire project teams to buy into our vision and deliver a great standard of work.

Coming from a similar role, you’ll already have experience of working with major funding bodies, managing budgets…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2010 at 21:58 — No Comments

The Doctor, The Photographs & The Court Case of 1877

Most of you (myself included !) would have first encountered the Irish philanthropist, Dr Thomas Barnado (1845-1905), as your local High Street charity shop. But what did he have in common with photography and a court case brought against him in 1877 ? Well, his name may not spring to mind instantly amongst the names of early photographers, but perhaps deserves to.



In 1874 Dr. Barnardo opened a Photographic Department in his Stepney Boys' Home. Over the next thirty years every child… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 22, 2010 at 9:34 — No Comments

'Shaping the History of Photography' sympoisum

September 30-October 2, 2010

The symposium springs from Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, the Ransom Center’s exhibition of this foundational collection of the medium’s history. Curators, collectors, historians, and photographers will participate in a series of panel discussions that focus on the areas in photography on which the Gernsheims had such impact—collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and historiography. Leaders in their fields will consider the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2010 at 10:45 — 1 Comment

Exploring the Port of London archive

ARCHIVES chronicling 250 years of riverside history are set to go on display.



The Port of London Authority (PLA) archive, which includes more than a kilometre of documents and records, will be catalogued in a programme expected to last three years. Work will begin at The Museum of London Docklands, situated near to Canary Wharf, compiling the data electronically so that on completion it will be accessible via the internet.



Claire Frankland, museum archivist, said: "The PLA… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2010 at 10:09 — No Comments

National Media Museum wayfaring

There is a report and assessment of Carter Wong and Bolton Signs signage work at the National Media Museum here: http://www.commarts.com/exhibit/national-media-museum.html

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2010 at 7:33 — No Comments

Illustrated London News archive goes online

A unique visual archive of 19th century Victorian Britain, including illustrations and photographs of events ranging from the Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Boer war, will be available online for the first time from today. The Illustrated London News archive holds 250,000 pages and as many as three quarters of a million illustrations, from as far back…

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Added by Michael Wong on April 15, 2010 at 10:33 — No Comments

MA Course: Photographic History and Practice

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, is currently recruiting students for the second year of its innovative MA programme in photographic history. The course offers a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme of study and provides a series of modules ranging from photography and theory to practical work in photographic archives.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 1842-Today

One can't mention India without mentioning China these days. So bear with me, here goes ....



A new photobook (ISBN-13: 9780670080908) published by Penguin entitled "Shanghai : A History in Photographs, 1842-Today" will hit the shelves tomorrow. Produced by Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Liu Heung Shing, and Karen Smith, an internationally renowned… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on April 12, 2010 at 18:52 — 1 Comment

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