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The Photograph Collector

For anyone with an interest in the market for historic and contemporary photography internationally The Photograph Collector is a monthly newsletter of required reading. Published in the United States since 1980 The Photograph Collector has an international reach is is concerned with auctions, dealer activity, exhibitions and relevant news and reviews globally. Of particular interest is the PC's annual index of photograph values based on a basket of regularly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2011 at 17:56 — No Comments

Publication: William Blackmore and the American West

William Blackmore (1827-1878) remains a little knownmillionaire mid-Victorian polymath. He was a successful lawyer based in Liverpool…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

V+A Photographs Department newsletter 2011

The latest issue of the V+A Photographs Department newsletter for January 2011 has just been published. It details current exhibitions and recent activities of the staff members within the department (Martin Barnes, Marta Weiss, Susanna Brown and Rachel Francis) as well as highlighting recent acquisitions - including the Maurice… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Bill Douglas Centre publish collection guide

The Bill Douglas Centre for the history of Early Cinema and Popular Culture has published a guide to its collection. The guide has been edited by BDC curator Phil Wickham and designed by Delphine Jones from the University's Communications and Marketing department. The guide has over 100 pages of text about the museum's collections of cinema and pre-cinema, written by experts from the University of Exeter, with over 100 full colour pictures of our artefacts. It is… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 11, 2011 at 6:53 — No Comments

Ngrams - a useful research tool or just a gimmick?

I spotted this on Luke McKernan’s excellent blog which deals with silent and early cinema which can be found at  …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 31, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Event: New Directions in Contemporary Photography

One of the great paradigm shifts in contemporary art over the past 20 years has been the movement of photography into the realm of fine art. The critical and commercial success of artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky, who are represented by contemporary art galleries, and the appointment of photography curators to top public galleries such as Tate Modern and Guggenheim, has ensured that the medium is increasingly regarded as a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Annie Leibovitz visits the NMeM


World renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz visited the National Media Museum on Tuesday 14 December - the latest stop on a personal journey she is undertaking looking at places relating to inspirational and culturally significant people. Her travels, which will be documented in an upcoming book titled…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 19, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments

Major photograph collection accepted in lieu of tax

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has issued its 2009/10 Acceptance in Lieu Report. Of interest to BPH is the acceptance of 49 prints from the twentieth century which was settled in August 2009 and are now in the Tate Gallery, London. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2010 at 14:21 — No Comments

Fay Godwin's cameras join NMeM exhibition

Colin Harding reports on the National Media Museum blog that the museum's Fay Godwin exhibition 'Land Revisited' has recently received a welcome addition when a delayed loan from the British Library was finally installed. These include two of her cameras, together with some of her original printing notes and contact sheets. There are two of Fay Godwin's cameras on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2010 at 7:41 — 1 Comment

The history of photography in China - vol. 2 now available

The second volume of Quaritch's series on the history of photography in China is now available. The History of Photography in China: Western Photographers 1861-1879 is the most extensive general survey, in any language, of Western photographers who began working in China in the 1860s and 1870s.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 29, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Falmouth: Masters of Photography

Falmouth Art Gallery has a small but important collection of 20th century and contemporary photography. It boasts the largest collection of Lee Miller photographs outside of the Lee Miller archive and has remarkable images by Eve Arnold, Fay Godwin and Linda McCartney. The collection is particularly strong in Surrealist photographs including works by Lee Miller’s husband Sir Roland Penrose, Man Ray…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 28, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

NMeM Internet galleries design contract awarded

Manchester design consultancy NRN Design has been appointed to create new Internet galleries at the National Media Museum in Bradford, which will explore the history, evolution and social impact of the Internet. The contract is worth £88,000. More illustrations are available here. The same company was responsible for the computrer games lounge situtated in the museum…

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 27, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Course: Investigating the Archives: Photographic Collections of London

From the collections of the V&A and Royal Anthropological Institute to those at local libraries and in professional archives such as Magnum Photos, London plays host to a surprising variety of often unknown photographic collections and archives, all of which are kept for different purposes.

Using practical explorations, visits and thematic discussions this course arranged by the Photographers' Gallery and Birkbeck…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

London Photograph Fairs 2011

The dates have been announced for the 2011 London Photograph Fairs which will take place on 20 February, 15 May, 11 September and 20 November 2011. The venue will be the Holiday Inn, Coram Street, London, close to Russell Square tube station and within walking distance of Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross mainline stations. Admission is £3. For more information see

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Geoffrey W. Crawley (1926-2010) (updated)

Geoffrey Crawley, one of Britain's best photographic editors and scientists, has died aged 83. Crawley was editor of the British Journal of Photography between 1967 and 1987 and worked there until 2000, when he joined Amateur Photographer as photo-science consultant. He wrote for the magazine until recently.

Crawley had a long career in photography and invented the developer Acutol which was sold by Paterson from 1963. He also investigated the Cottingley…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

Lecture: The Practice of Intimacy

Elinor Carucci‘s photographs have consistently explored the types and levels of intimacy, focusing on her own body, her parents, her husband, and more recently, her children. Often photographing in close-range, Carucci relies on bits and pieces, expressions and symbols to communicate joy, pain, and the sometimes-elegiac sentiments that accompany relationships.

Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2010 at 6:30 — No Comments

National Media Museum signage

Back in October 2009 BPH reported on the National Media Museum's revised signage project and subsequently reported on the positive reaction to it. The London-based designers behind the project, Carter Wong, have published their own short report on the signage project. Click here to read it:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2010 at 11:35 — No Comments

National Media Museum website revamped

The National Media Museum, Bradford, has relaunched its website, improving the content and navigation. See

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2010 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Brunel Hawes Archive photography lots exceed expectations

An archive of Brunel material consigned by a descendant of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel was sold at auction on 2 November 2010 (click to see the full sale) by Tooveys in Sussex. Included in the sale were several items of photographic interest, click to see the full descriptions:

  • BRUNEL, Isambard Kingdom (1806-1859). - Robert HOWLETT and George DOWNES (photographers). A…

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2010 at 5:59 — No Comments

Magic Lantern Show

Monday 8th November will be a dark and creepy evening at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, as Professor Heard, the world’s finest Phantasmagoria Magic Lantern Projectionist, will be performing a show in the library.

There will be 2 performances, a family friendly show at 4.30 – 5pm, then at 7.30 – 9pm an evening event where things get a bit…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

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