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Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History

MA Photographic History and Practice De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its new MA in Photographic History and Practice. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International. To apply for the Wilson Fellowship, please submit a piece of recent writing on photographic history no longer than 10,000 words, in English, to the Admissions Committee. For applications to the MA,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 27, 2009 at 19:08 — No Comments

NMeM outline pros and cons of flickr publishing

NMeM Flickr site In a blog entry reporting on a conference dealing with the cultural sector’s use of social media, broadcasting and the web Tristan Roddis reports on a presentation by Peter Lawther, the Senior Online Marketing Executive at the National Media Museum in Bradford's. Roddis notes... Lawther outlined the opportunities and pitfalls of publishing photographs on the Flickr Commons. In brief, the upsides were a huge increase in reach and engagement (they even got a contribution… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2009 at 14:26 — No Comments

NMeM job: Exhibition Organiser

The National Media Museum, Bradford, is looking for an Exhibition Organiser. As an Exhibition Organiser you will manage the development of exhibitions, co-ordinate project teams and other stakeholders to ensure exhibitions are delivered on time, budget and to the highest standard. You will be involved in all aspects of exhibition preparation and delivery, you will co-ordinate all exhibition administration, co-ordinate the development of interpretation strategies and plan and oversee… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2009 at 8:03 — No Comments

NMeM Jobs: Content developers

National Media Museum, Bradford The National Media Museum, Bradford, is advertising for one full-time and one part-time context developer to undertake research to a given brief and to be assigned to a project for a defined period to support Exhibition Organisers, Curators or Web Developers. You will undertake picture research and rights clearance and liaise with outside institutions to obtain information. The salary is £18,900.00 per annum (pro rata for part-time).

The National Media Museum is an… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 18, 2009 at 18:43 — No Comments

V&A Photography Gallery re-hung

Part of the V&A photography gallery re-hang Last night Martin Barnes, senior curator of photography at the V&A, welcomed a range of guests at an informal drinks party in the newly re-opened photography gallery at the museum. Martin thanked supporters and those that had donated prints and money for their continuing interest and reminded those present that the Print Room also offered free access to the museum's photograph collection not on display.

The gallery has been split into two with the far section showcasing… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2009 at 23:00 — No Comments

Etudes photographiques, new bilingual issue!

For more information, please contact Garance Chabert :


Politique des images


- Quand une vue d’arbres est presque un crime. Rodtchenko, Vertov, Kalatozov

- When a Photograph of Trees Is Almost like a Crime: Rodchenko, Vertov, Kalatozov

Illustration photographique


- De part et d’autre de la « garde-barrière.» Les errances techniques dans l’usage de la photogaphie… Continue

Added by Gaëlle Morel on May 16, 2009 at 14:38 — No Comments

Obituary: Bill Jay (1940-2009)

An influential figure in the study of photographic history during the late 1960s and 1970s Bill Jay died on 10 May 2009. Jay originally worked in Britain before moving to the United States in the mid-1970s. He was a regular writer on photographic history and was responsible for bringing to a wider audience a number of important early photographers including Sir Benjamin Stone, Frances Frith and Paul Martin.

Born in Maidenhead in 1940 Jay received a grammar school education and spent… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 14, 2009 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

BBC2 history of photography series sold to National Geographic

Broadcast Now reports that Outright Distribution has sold the critically acclaimed BBC2 documentary series Genius of Photography to National Geographic Channels International (NGCI). Produced by Wall to Wall Television, the series offered a comprehensive history of photography and was originally produced for BBC2 and BBC4. NGCI will air the 6 x 60-minute series in Asia,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 14, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

NMeM job: Web developer

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.

You’ll support museum activities by providing a range of audio-visual and broadcasting services. This includes producing educational multimedia content in a… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2009 at 7:19 — No Comments

Christie's London Photography department job

Christie's London is seeking a junior specialist/sale administrator for it's Photographs Department based at King Street. Te successful applicant will:

Handle all Estimate Requests, as well as Catalogue Production and Administration for 2 King St sales a year. Support HOD, Yuka Yamaji, on all aspects of the business and work closely with PA/Admin Support to maintain efficient day-to-day operation of Department.

Key Responsibilities/Tasks (Duties include but are not limited… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

New publication: A T W Penn, 1860s British photographer in South India

In November 2000 Christopher Penn discovered an old letter crumpled up behind the top drawer of his late father’s writing bureau. It led to the discovery of a family – his own – of which he had been unaware and knowledge of his great-grandfather Albert Thomas Watson Penn, who was one of the pioneering photographers of South India. A T W Penn left home in England before he was twelve and had started work as a photographer in the hill station of Ootacamund in the Nilgiri Hills by 1865,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

Open Eye Gallery gets funding for move

Open Eye Gallery, the north west’s only photography gallery, is preparing to move to brand new premises in the heart of Liverpool’s waterfront after receiving a £100,000 award through Arts Council England and the National Lottery.

The new premises on Mann Island will be constructed to allow Open Eye Gallery the opportunity to offer new gallery and education spaces, as well as giving the public access to the gallery’s extensive print collection. Open Eye Gallery is one of the UK’s… Continue

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

Art Fund Award for Birmingham Library

Following the recent award of £11,750 to acquire works by Daniel Meadows and Homer Sykes, Birmingham Central Library has been awarded a further £6000 by The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity, to purchase 12 prints Anna Fox, one of the UK’s leading photographers. Work of all three photographers was included in the Legacy section of the recent exhibtion Knight of the Camera: The Photographs of Sir Benjamin Stone (2007)

The works to be acquired come from the series Back… Continue

Added by Pete James on May 6, 2009 at 16:09 — No Comments

2009 And/Or Book Awards winners announced

Jude Law as the assassin/photographer in Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes 2002). In Photography and Cinema David Campany assembles a missing history in which photography and cinema have been each other’s muse and inspiration for over a century. From Photography and Cinema by David Campany (Reaktion Books). © Dream Works Susan Meiselas: In History, edited by Kristen Lubben, and Photography and Cinema by David Campany have won the 2009 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. Acclaimed British film director Terence Davies announced the winners during an awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank on Thursday 23 April. Each author received a £5,000 prize cheque from the Krazsna-Krausz Foundation, the charitable organisation… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 24, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

V&A photography gallery re-display opens 30 April 2009

Exhibition of the photographic Society of London. Charles Thurston Thompson, 1858, albumen print The V&A will unveil a new display of works from its permanent collection of photographs in the Photography Gallery on 30 April. The re-hang will show 60 works including 20 new acquisitions of contemporary photography by artists such as Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane.

A section of the new display will look at the first ever exhibiton of photographs held in a museum, which took place in 1858 at the then South Kensington Museum (now known as the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 23, 2009 at 19:30 — No Comments

Popular Optical Media - prize essay competition

The Projection Box has announced details of it's 2009-2010 Essay Awards which carry a first prize of £250 and publication of the winning essay in the journal Early Popular Visual Culture. The award, now in its third year, aims to encourage new research and thinking into any historical, artistic or technical aspect of popular optical media, including: photography, early cinema, panoramas and dioramas, the magic lantern, shadow theatre and… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 9:33 — No Comments

Bamforth slide catalogue launched

The Illustrated Bamforth Slide Catalogue The Magic Lantern Society has launched The Illustrated Bamforth Slide Catalogue a searchable DVD and accompanying booklet which records and illustrates the lantern slide sets of the Bamforth company. James Bamforth and Company was the leading producer of Life Model lantern slide set between 1890 and the early 1900s and the DVD describes 1400 slides listing around 20,000 individual slides of which 4003 are illustrated. The DVD… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Colours of Another Age

The Rothshild Autochromes celebrate the earliest form of colour photography and a new exhibition at Exbury give - some for the first time - a glimpse into the bygone Edwardian era. Lionel de Rothschild was an early exponent of the art of the autochrome, his attention and eye to detail clearly evident in his photographs. Lionel was later to purchase the Exbury Estate in 1919, channelling his energies away from photography and into the development of his lasting legacy - the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2009 at 7:54 — No Comments

RPS/SSHOP Glasgow conference

The programme for this event which takes place 1-3 May 2009 has been announced and is available on the event listing:

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2009 at 8:02 — No Comments

NMeM Collections Access Assistant - job

The National Media Museum in Bradford is advertising for a Collections Access Assistant to work on the Zoltan Glass Collection at a salary of £13,343pa. The job description reads:

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, The National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and new media, including the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, it aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

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