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New Book: J W G Gutch (now available)

Ian Sumner has authored a book on the early British photographer J. W. G. Gutch based on five albums produced between 1856 and 1859. In search of the Picturesque. The English photographs of J. W. G. Gutch 1856/59 which is now available.



John Wheeley Gough Gutch was born in Bristol in 1808 and was involved in photography from its earliest days. A contemporary of Talbot, Gutch was experimenting with photography as early as 1841. Partially paralysed and using the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2010 at 9:45 — 2 Comments

Guide to the architectural collections in the NMR

A draft guide has been published to the photographers and collections of photographs held by the National Monuments Record at English Heritage. The guide has been compiled by Ian Leith and is intended to help users with the new EH Archives website: see…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2010 at 10:35 — No Comments

And/Or Book Awards 2010

The two shortlists are announced for the 2010 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. A winner from each category will share a prize fund of £10,000. They will be announced during an awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank, London, on Thursday 29 April.

The shortlisted titles for the Best Photography Book are:

  • Oil by Edward Burtynsky (Steidl)
  • Looking In: Robert Frank’s…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2010 at 7:27 — No Comments

NMeM: Head of Development appointed

The National Media Museum has appointed a head of development after advertising the post recently. The successful applicant will start on 29 March. Although I have been asked not able to disclose his name until then if anyone uses Twitter a suitable search may pull up the name for you...

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

NMeM: London presence - more details

More details of the requirements the Natuonal Media Museum require for its London presence have emerged which start to add shape to the project...

The National Media Museum is seeking an architectural and engineering team to undertake the design and onstruction of its London Galleries Project that consists of a suite of facilities created for a range of cultural programming, which will open in September 2012. The National Media Museum’s team of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 11, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Niépce in England - a major conference

The National Media Museum, Bradford, and Getty Conservation Institute, have announced a major international conference on recent advancements in scientifi…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments

NMeM job: Exhibitions Organiser

The National Media Museum has six floors of free galleries, including two temporary spaces. You’ll help us fill them with inspiring exhibitions by leading project teams, liaising with stakeholders and managing budgets of up to £50,000. You will plan and oversee installations, and complete all relevant admin duties, from contracts and insurance to transportation, ensuring all exhibitions are delivered on time and to the highest standard.

Coming from a similar role in a museum…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 5, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

George Shadbolt honoured

The life and work of a pioneering the nineteenth-century photographer and journal editor was commemorated at the end of February with a blue heritage plaque. George Shadbolt (1819-1901) is thought to be one of the first people to take a photograph through a microscope and recorded some of the earliest pictures of the Crouch End area, around his old home Cecile House, in

Crouch Hill. His home has since been turned into Kestrel House School which provides education for young people with…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Fenton export bar for Crimean photograph

Culture Minister, Margaret Hodge, has placed a temporary export bar on a rare photograph by the pioneering nineteenth-century British photographer Roger Fenton. This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the photograph, titled Pasha and Bayadère, in this country.

The Minister’s ruling follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, administered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 3, 2010 at 20:06 — 1 Comment

Irving Penn symposium

The National Portrait Gallery is holding a symposium around its current Irving Penn Portraits exhibition. Join leading photographers and art historians discussing themes and ideas around the exhibition. Speakers include photographers Paolo Roversi and Bettina Von Zwehl, exhibition curator Magdalene Keaney, Edward Barber, Director of Fashion Photography London, College of Fashion, Virginia Heckert, curator of Irving Penn: Small Trades at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Philippe Garner,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 3, 2010 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

V&A/British Museum buy Middle Eastern photography

The Independent Charity The Art Fund has allocated £100,000 to the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum to help create a national collection of recent Middle Eastern photography. The two museums approached the Fund last year, and have so far received £57,000 to buy 31 works. Apart from being a young area in the art market where prices are affordable, Middle Eastern photography is also an area of growing interest. For the V&A, the acquisitions will fit into its national… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 2, 2010 at 13:03 — No Comments

NMeM Curator job

The National Media Museum, Bradford, is currently looking for an Associate Curator of Cinematography, working 21.6 hours per week (fixed term for 23 months). The salary is £21,302 pro rata (£12,781 per annum). With three dedicated cinemas and an impressive collection of over 13,000 important cinematography artefacts, film is at the heart of the National Media Museum’s offering. Working closely with the Curator of Cinematography you’ll make sure it stays there by researching and creating…

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NMeM set to launch search for London presence design team

Design Week reports that the National Media Museum, Bradford, is set to launch a search for a team to provide integrated design services, including architecture and engineering, for its London Galleries Project. The project will see the creation of 1500m2 of exhibition galleries in a location in the capital believed to be at the Science Museum in South Kensington. The NMeM's Charlotte Cotton who is based at the Science Museum is heading the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

NMeM signage and foyer works

Mention was made here last year of a major project to revamp the National Media Museum's signage and foyer area. This work which cost around £350,000 is now complete. Click here for details of the original report:

(http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/national-media-museum-newof) The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2010 at 7:14 — No Comments

Eadweard Muybridge at Tate London

Eadweard Muybridge, Back Somersault c.1887, Courtesy Kingston Museum and Heritage Service The pioneering British photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) will be the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Britain in autumn 2010. Bringing together around 150 works, this exhibition will demonstrate how Muybridge broke new ground in the emerging art form of photography. From his iconic images of animals and humans in motion to depictions of the sublime landscapes and life of the dynamic America of the later nineteenth century, the exhibition will explore the ways in… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

The Narrator’s Gaze, Fifty years of Documentary Photography

The National Coal Mining Museum for England will be hosting a symposium, entitled ‘The Narrator’s Gaze, fifty years of documentary photography’, on Friday 26 March 2010, from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The event is being held in association with the new special exhibition, ‘Northern Soul, John Bulmer’s images of life and Times in the 1960s’.



A pioneer of colour photography during the 1960s, Bulmer’s work was included in the very first colour…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2010 at 6:53 — No Comments

BJP ceases weekly publication

After more than 150 years the British Journal of Photography is to cease weekly publication and will return to being a monthly. Established in 1854 as a monthly, the BJ went fortnightly in 1857 and then weekly in 1864. The 3 March 2010 issue will be the first of a redsigned monthly magazine. The move leaves Amateur Photographer (established 1884) as the only weekly British photographic magazine.

Changing market conditions and the growth of the internet have…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

NMeM visitor numbers fall 18 per cent

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions has published its latest survey of UK museum and gallery visitor numbers. In 2009 the National Media Museum, Bradford, saw 613,923 visitors - a decline of 18 per cent on 2008. The 2008 figure was 745,857 which had been a 4 per cent rise on 2007. Many other museums and galleries - especially those with free admission like the NMeM - had seen a boost to their numbers with the public turning to free activities due to the recession.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

John Dillwyn Llewelyn 1810-1882 bicentenary events

Richard Morris a descendent through his wife's family of John Dillwyn Llewellyn provides details of a series of events to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth in 1810.

12 January 2010 - Bicentenary of the birth of John Dillwyn Llewelyn (b. 12 Jan 1810)

5 February - Launch of the Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn Diaries online, a new resource of the Swansea University Library Historical…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2010 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

V&A Photographs department update

Pierre-Louis Pierson, Portrait of the Countess de Castiglione, 1860s (printed circa 1940), gelatin silver print. V&A Collection The latest V&A Photographs Section newsletter from Curator Ashley Givens includes details of new acquisitions, research, publication and exhibitions that the curatorial staff have been working on.

The annual re-display which opens on Friday, 14 May will present some of the new works and will focus on showcasing photographs from the Collection dating from the 1970s to today. The exhibition will be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 21, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

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