William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) is remembered primarily as a photographic pioneer and influential early voice on photographic aesthetics, but his activities as a Victorian intellectual and “gentleman of science” ranged widely across the natural sciences, classical scholarship and Assyriology. This interdisciplinary conference will approach Talbot’s work with this wider perspective in mind, bringing together art historians, curators, historians of science, and practitioners of the many… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on February 18, 2010 at 15:30 —
The fifth annual Annan Lecture will be given by Joe Mulholland, who tells the extraordinary story of the highly distinguished and important photographer Margaret Watkins, who died in obscurity in Glasgow in 1969. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1884, Watkins was active in New York in the 1920s, where she had a studio in Greenwich Village and worked with Clarence White and the other great photographers of the period including Stieglitz and Strand. Her… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on February 17, 2010 at 11:46 —
Since stereo cards have been a discussion topic recently, I thought I would add some images from a collection of stereocards taken in 1906,between September and October 1906, all dated on the cards.
Would anyone know of the photographer?
Added by Meir Berk on February 16, 2010 at 9:20 —
Mention was made previously of this exhibition which is on at theMetropolitan Museum in New York. A member has posted a wonderful example of photocollage on this site here: http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/unusual-family-album. There is a useful review of the show on the blog Gallery Crawl which is reproduced below. For those in the UK the catalogue is available on… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 14, 2010 at 7:41 —
Added by John Bradley on February 13, 2010 at 10:00 —
Those of you who live in the East Midlands and receive ITV Central News will have the opportunity to see me being interviewed in a piece due to be broadcast on Monday evening (15th February). This stems from some work I have mentioned here before, where I worked with a forensic… Continue
Added by John Bradley on February 13, 2010 at 9:55 —
The University of Southampton has launched a major fundraising campaign to acquire a key collection of manuscripts that span major political and historical events of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Broadlands Archives, which have been on loan to its library since 1989, contain rare papers and photographs including letters from Queen Victoria and Mrs Oscar Wilde and… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on February 12, 2010 at 17:22 —
It's worth noting that today is the 210th anniversary of WHF Talbot's birth. We're celebrating in Lacock tonight.
It's also the 175th anniversary of the Latticed Window negative. We'll be celebrating that later in the year.
Added by Roger Watson on February 11, 2010 at 17:07 —
Merseyside Maritime Museum, 16 July 2010 - 3 January 2011
A landmark exhibition about an incredible real life tale of survival, the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition.
The exhibition features about 150 compelling photographs of the expedition's ordeal taken by ship photographer Frank Hurley, who dove into frigid waters to retrieve his glass plate negatives from the sinking Endurance. The photographs,… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on February 10, 2010 at 10:43 —
In conjunction with, and taking place at, The Photographers’ Gallery, this short course will introduce some of the key movements, developments and figures in photography in Britain, from the beginnings to the present day.
What is the course about?
This course examines the origins of photography starting from before its formal invention in the 1820s up to the present.
Technical developments to the present day.
What photography has been used for in the past and today,… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on February 2, 2010 at 10:26 —
WestLicht Photographica (http://www.westlicht-auction.com
) is to auction off one of the first commercially produced cameras, a Giroux Daguerréotype, which is expected to fetch at least half a million euros. The Giroux Daguerréotype was made in Paris from 1839 in limited numbers from original plans drawn up by its inventor, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, by his brother-in-law, Alphones Giroux. The camera… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on February 1, 2010 at 16:25 —
Going through my photo collection recently I discovered a scrap book with three calotype photos pasted in it. I then realised that this was a book where quite a few young ladies added…
Added by Meir Berk on January 31, 2010 at 15:38 —
Just to add a little more to the Silvy thread: Camille Silvy died on 2 February 1910, so next Tuesday is the centenary of his death. A number of Silvy aficionados I know will be raising a glass in his memory on that day. Please join us virtually. The Silvy centenary retrospective runs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 15 July-24 October.
Added by Mark Haworth-Booth on January 28, 2010 at 16:50 —
The latest National Media Museum blog reports on the progress with the redevelopment of the museum foyer. The box office has been moved closer to Pictureville and is nearing completion and the former shop space is being turned in to a games lounge. This will have historic video games for visitors to play. The former box office space will feature a Welcome Wall - an electronic orientation and information screen. The works which are costing £400,000 are due to be complete in time for… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2010 at 7:00 —
Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.
With thousands of highly significant items encompassing television, cinematography, photography and new media, the National Media Museum’s diverse… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2010 at 7:00 —
A few days ago I had a phone call from a friend in another town. “Do you still collect those stereoscopic pictures?” he asked, “because there is a bundle of them in the local auction this morning”.
With 15 minutes to go before the start of the auction, no on-line options, and only my friend’s comment - “they look pretty scruffy to me”, I faced a dilemma. I placed a blind telephone bid and yesterday received the lot – which indeed was very scruffy, for the winning price of £20. As I… Continue
Added by John Bradley on January 26, 2010 at 12:37 —
Darwin's Camera (Phillip Prodger; ISBN-10: 0195150317) tells the extraordinary story of how Charles Darwin changed the way pictures are seen and made.
In his illustrated masterpiece, Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1871), Darwin introduced the idea of using photographs to illustrate a scientific theory--his was the first photographically illustrated science book ever published. Using photographs to depict fleeting expressions of emotion--laughter, crying, anger, and so… Continue
Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2010 at 9:48 —
We visited the exhibition ‘Comedians: From The 1940s To Now’ currently running in Sheffield. The show is presented jointly with the National Portrait Gallery and photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier Bresson, Angus McBean, Patrick Lichfield, Bill Brandt, Cecil Beaton and Trevor Leighton.
There was however an unexpected surprise when looking at the colour portrait of Stephen Fry. This carries the bizarre attribution ‘Stephen Fry, photographer Camille Silvy, format:… Continue
Added by John Bradley on January 23, 2010 at 23:08 —
For the past year, CADHAS (Campden and District Historical & Archaeological Society) has been running an Awards for All project about Jesse Taylor, our local photographer 100 years ago, culminating in an Exhibition of his work next weekend 23/24 January.
We had a ‘eureka moment’ in our research when we found a picture of the town’s Floral Parade in 1896 by Henry Taunt, well-known Oxford photographer, with another photographer in the corner of the frame, and matched it… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2010 at 20:26 —
The National Media Museum presents up to six temporary exhibitions every year. We attract over 700,000 visitors and have ambitious plans to raise our profile further. We have developed a national touring and partnerships strategy that will take our exhibitions to galleries, museums and arts centres across the UK.
Your experience of managing touring exhibitions, brokering relationships and working collaboratively with external partners will be essential to the successful delivery of… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on January 18, 2010 at 15:13 —