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Lecture series: Pepper's Ghost II

Further to an earlier posting reporting a series of lectures on early projection and the magic lantern (click here) full details of the programme have been published. The programme can be downloaded by clicking here:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2009 at 8:25 — No Comments

Book launched: A Village Lost and Found

Brian May and Elena Vidal / A Village Lost and Found At the international launch yesterday, Brian May and Elena Vidal presented their book A Village Lost and Found, which brings together the complete annotated collection of the original 1850s stereoscopic photograph series Scenes in Our Village by T. R. Williams. A full report and review of the book will appear here shortly. The launch was held at Hinton Waldrist, the village where T. R. Williams originally made the series of photographs.



For the young Brian… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Workshop series: Wedgwood to Bromoil

Terry King writes...As people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the ability of digital photography to meet their creative needs, there is a corresponding revival of interest in the craftsmanship and the aesthetic of the hands-on or alternative photography included my Wedgwood to Bromoil course of workshops. Examples of processes included in the workshop can be found on www.hands-on-pictures.com.The course gives everyone hands-on practical experience.



The excitement of the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2009 at 3:04 — No Comments

Birmingham Seen, Art and Photography 1820 - 2009

Birmingham Seen, Art & Photography 1820-2009

Gas Hall

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

31 October 2009 - 3 January 2010



This exhibition explores the way in which Birmingham's physical and social landscape has been depicted in paintings, drawings and photographs since 1820. I reveals the city in the throes of constant change - a process of creation and destruction that has inspired generations of artits and photographers.… Continue

Added by Pete James on October 16, 2009 at 21:15 — No Comments

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS DISCOURSE ON PHOTOGRAPHY: Photography: Object to Idea

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS DISCOURSE ON PHOTOGRAPHY:

Photography: Object to Idea

A full day conference to examine the past, present, future and polemics of photography



Saturday, 3 October 2009



On Saturday, October 3, a group of 14 prestigious speakers gathered at the Courtauld Institute of Art to bolster and debate the many facets of photography at a conference entitled Photography: Object to Idea. The goal of the conference… Continue

Added by Valérie C. Whitacre on October 11, 2009 at 11:18 — No Comments

Photography: Object to Idea conference

Photography: Object to Idea

A conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London,

organised by Zelda Cheatle, curator of the Tosca Fund Collection

Saturday 3 October 2009



This is a revised version of a speech by Mark Haworth-Booth



My name is Mark Haworth-Booth ands I am Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts London. I will soon be chairing the closing Q&A panel on collecting but Zelda has asked me - as a way of letting you know… Continue

Added by Mark Haworth-Booth on October 9, 2009 at 7:46 — 1 Comment

The magic lantern, optical projection and early film - lecture series

The Magic Lantern Society & The University of Westminster will present a second series of six evenings of optical magic at the old Polytechnic, fortnightly from Thursday 12 November – Thursday 10 December 2009, and from Thursday 28 January – Thursday 25th February 2010, at The Old Cinema, University of Westminster 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.



The Programme



Thursday 12 November @ 7pm

Phantasmagoria-mania

‘Professor’ Mervyn Heard

An… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

Frank Hurley, The Endurance in the garb of winter, 1915. © Royal Collection 2 October 2009 – 11 April 2010, The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s extraordinary images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole. Hurley’s dramatic icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2009 at 20:37 — No Comments

2010 And/or Book Awards: Call for Entries

The And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image (including film, television and new media), are inviting publishers to submit titles for the 2010 awards. With prize money of £10,000 divided between the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book published in 2009, the And/or Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing.



Established in 1985 by Andor… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2009 at 20:00 — No Comments

Midley history of early photography due to close early 2010

R. Derek Wood published a series of important and carefully researched papers between 1970 and 2008 on early photographic history. His interests lay mainly in the early pioneers of photography, with a focus on dioramas and early experiments between 1830 and 1850 including William Henry Fox Talbot and Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre and topics such as patents. His website http://www.midley.co.uk/ collated these papers and made them available,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments

Captain Sweet (1825-1886)

I am keen to hear from anyone who has encountered the South Australian photographer Captain Sweet, or any of his UK work. He is the subject of my PhD research and little is known about his early days in England, or what happened to the photographs and albums of views that were sent back to England from Australia (to World Fairs or to freinds and families of migrants).
Cheers,
Karen
captainsweet.com.au

Added by Karen Magee on October 1, 2009 at 10:53 — No Comments

Lectures on early British photography at the Royal Society

The Royal Society is holding two lectures that will be of interest to blog readers:



'Photographing ancient Mesopotamia: Talbot, Fenton and the British Museum'

Friday 23 October, 1-2pm

Mirjam Brusius




Around 1850 A.H. Layard excavated several ancient Mesopotamian sites, the artefacts of which were brought to the British Museum. Here the trustees discussed the use of photography in the field and in the museum. W. H. Fox Talbot, inventor of the Calotype… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:40 — No Comments

Exhibition: Where Three Dreams Cross from 21 January 2010

A landmark exhibition of photography from 1840 to the present day from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is an unprecedented survey of South Asian photographers and their presentation of culture and modernity. Historic early photographs from the important Drik Collection in Bangladesh and the Alkazi Collection in Delhi are given a rare platform on the world stage, while images from private, familial records will be seen for the very first time. The exhibition includes over 300 works by more than… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:25 — No Comments

BL Points of View - Events

The British Library has announced a series of events around its major autumn exhibition Points of View which takes place from 30 October 2009 to 7 March 2010. These include a whole day of lectures and workshops on 7 November as well as one-off events including Brian May talking about the photographer T. R. Williams and Larry Schaaf on William Henry Fox Talbot. Below is a exclusive, handy print-out and keep guide to these. Most of the events are free but have limited availability so… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:00 — No Comments

Practical Ambrotype Class in London

Scully & Osterman will offer an Ambrotype Class in London at Minnie Weisz Studio under the Victorian Arches, King's Cross, 123 Pancras Rd London NW1 1UN between 7-8 October 2009.



The class will provide an introduction to the wet-plate collodion process and participants will make ambrotype portraits and still-lifes. The class size is limited to six students with two instructors: Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman



For more information visit:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2009 at 21:59 — 1 Comment

Crown and Camera exhibition online

The Royal Collection has put it's first photograph exhibition online. The 1987 exhibition, Crown and Camera, curated by Roger Taylor and Frances Dimond, and shown at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, is now available online on the Royal Collection’s website. The exhibition presents a survey of the 19th century photographic material in the Royal Collection, from 1842 to 1910. It includes the earliest photograph in the collection – a… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2009 at 6:48 — No Comments

Martin Parr to pass his collection to a British institution?

The Art Newspaper reports that British photographer Martin Parr is in talks with Nicholas Serota of the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum to leave his collection of historic and contemporary British photographs to the nation. Neither institution would confirm the story. Parr claims he is not looking to make a profit on any deal.



Over the over the last twenty years Parr has assembled an important survey of 700 British documentary photos and book dummies. This… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Research Studentship: Images of China in the West

In conjunction with the National Media Museum, the University of Bolton wishes to offer a postgraduate research studentship for a suitable candidate to undertake research on relevant collections within the National Media Museum in the following areas:

Interpretations of China by nineteenth century European - chiefly British - photographers

Images of China prior to the Cultural Revolution

A comparative study of images of China from European and Chinese… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2009 at 6:26 — No Comments

Pete James gains RPS award

Peter James, Head of Photography at Birmingham Central Library has been given the 2009 Colin Ford Award by the Royal Photographic Society.



The award, instituted in 2003, bears the name of Colin Ford CBE, the first Director of the National Museum of Photography Film and Television in Bradford (now the National Media Museum). It is normally given each year to honour an individual who has contributed in a major way to curatorship. It has… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

My Favorite Photograph

“Pamela’s Circle c. 1740”

Ambrotype by Judith Harrison Kalter

{see photograph in "Photos" on above tabs}





“Pamela’s Circle c. 1740” is a quarter plate ambrotype on black glass. It measures

3 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches and is still without a proper case. This is now my favorite photograph because it was made in the 21st Century, using a process devised in the 19th Century with equipment from the early-mid 20th Century to photograph a book written in the 18th Century. One of… Continue

Added by Antiquarianphotographer on August 31, 2009 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

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