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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

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

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