The latest issue of this journal (Volume 7, Issue 2 July 2009), carries a paper by Julia F. Munro, titled 'The optical stranger': Photographic anxieties in British periodical literature of the 1840s and early 1850s
, pages 167-183.
The abstract reads: An examination of periodical literature from the period of the invention of photography in 1839 and onwards reveals that the reception of the medium on the part of the Victorians was characterized by an ambivalent response of… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on August 6, 2009 at 21:00 —
Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs
30 October 2009 - 7 March 2010
. Admission free.
• New exhibition unlocks treasure trove of images from the dawn of photography
• Over 250 rarely-seen images trace development from gentleman's pursuit to mass pastime
• Social document, art form – and a window onto the spirit world…
170 years since its invention, photography remains the main technology through which we understand and record the… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2009 at 20:32 —
The publisher, Routledge, is delighted to announce that Volume 10, Issue 1 of Visual Culture in Britain
is now available. This is the journal's first issue published by Routledge and to celebrate it is offering free online access to all articles in this issue for the remainder of 2009.
Of particualr interest to readers of BPH is a paper by Venda Louise Pollock titled Dislocated Narratives and Sites of Memory: Amateur Photographic Surveys in Britain 1889–1897
Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2009 at 5:37 —
One of the world’s leading photographic history experts from De Montfort University (DMU) has been awarded a prestigious professorship from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., US. The National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) has awarded the 2010 Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship to Roger Taylor, Professor of Photographic History, and Senior Research Fellow at DMU in Leicester. His role as the Safra Visiting Professor will involve working… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on August 4, 2009 at 20:30 —
The National Media Museum in Bradford has launched a blog written by Museum staff. The blog takes a behind the scenes look at happenings within the Museum. Recent postings show the museum's offsite storage facility at Black Dyke Mills, a creative writing group at the museum and the Curator of Cinematography, Michael Harvey, being filmed for a Canadian TV documentary. Click here to view:… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on August 1, 2009 at 7:30 —
London's National Portrait Gallery is always a good source of photography exhibitions. Currently on view are small case displays of
• the work of Gilbert Adams (1906–96), Bertram Park (1883–1972) and Yvonne Gregory (1889–1970)
• Alfred, Lord Tennyson, including work by Julia Margaret Cameron
• four platinum prints by Eveleen Myers
as well as plenty of other photographs. The NPG is always worth a visit.
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2009 at 19:32 —
The National Media Museum in Bradford, UK, is currently undertaking a major digitsation project (details of the job to do this was posted here some months ago). The project aims to scan a large proportion of the photographs housed in the Zoltán Glass archive, will systematically catalogue the work of the artist, whose main creative periods came in the 1930s and 1950s, and to make them accessible in digital format. The Bradford collection numbers around 6,000 images in total; the work… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2009 at 18:30 —
The Photographers' Gallery wishes to appoint a full time Deputy Manager of Print Sales with demonstrable experience of working within a commercial gallery. The Deputy Manager will work with the Print Sales Manager and Print Sales Coordinators to maximize income from the sale of photographic prints. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to generate sales, handle fine art photographic prints, collaborate with artists, curate exhibitions and displays as well as be host to excellent… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2009 at 6:54 —
To coincide with the British Library's forthcoming major exhibition: Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs
, the BL is running two workshops for Year 7-13, FE and HE students. They are available: Monday to Friday from Wednesday 4 November 2009 until Friday 5 March 2010 and run 90 minutes. Group size: minimum 10, maximum 30.
Time Frame: for history… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 22, 2009 at 18:50 —
Photography has always held an important place in Scotland ever since its announcement in 1839. The relative freedom with which photographers in Scotland could practice Talbot’s calotype process was instrumental in establishing a nucleus of amateur and professional photographers who quickly became masters of their art. Throughout the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries Scottish photographers have continued to engage with the medium producing engaging art and documentary… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2009 at 9:00 —
A spokesperson from the National Media Museum
issued a short statement about the museum's London presence following the announcement of the appointment of Charlotte Cotton as Creative Director. Cotton starts in her role in October 2009: "We're unable to disclose information about the venue until we have approval from the government.'Disclosing the venue at this stage could jeopardise the project. We hope to be in a position… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2009 at 15:30 —
The National Media Museum, Bradford, have now issued a formal press release regarding Charlotte Cotton who is joining the museum in October 2009.
National Media Museum Appoints
Creative Director for London Galleries
The National Media Museum in Bradford has appointed Charlotte Cotton to its new role of Creative Director for its future London Galleries. Charlotte will be charged with delivering an exciting vision for the content of the Museum’s special exhibitions… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2009 at 13:00 —
Charlotte Cotton is to join the National Media Museum
in Bradford as Creative Director
. Rumours had been swilling around the photographic community for five or six weeks and I am now able to confirm this news. Cotton had recently left her job at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she had been curator and head of the photographs department. The NMeM had yet to officially confirm this news which was first reported in the… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2009 at 12:00 —
Many months ago I reported here
that Brian May and Elena Vidal's book on series of stereographs of the 1850s photographer T. R. Williams Scenes in Our Village
was going to be published in October 2009. Well, the project continues on schedule. The book is currently in press and the stereoscope that will accompany it has been designed, prototyped and is being… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2009 at 9:30 —
What is claimed to be the world's smallest gallery opens in a former BT telephone box on the green in Settle, North Yorkshire, on 11 July. The gallery will be opened by the Mayor of Settle, Councillor Barbara McLernon.
The decommissioned box was restored in a project led by local volunteers, with help from the local council. 'Contributions are welcomed from members of the public and must be no larger than a postcard
,' said the gallery's curator Professor Roger Taylor… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2009 at 8:00 —
Two new jobs at De Montfort University have been advertised. De Montfort University has a well established reputation for providing web access to primary research sources in the history of photography. You will help to shape and to realise our long term plan to establish us as a centre of excellence, by delivering this ambition in partnership with other organisations that share our zeal for the subject.
Research Fellow in Photographic History (0.2FTE).
Part Time.… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2009 at 6:30 —
This publication will be available from November 2009 to coincide with the British Library's major autumn exhibition highlighting photography within the Library.The book, for the first time, brings together a selection of images from the Library's collections. It examines the history, diversity and influence of photography from its invention and early years up to the growth of a popular amateur market in the early twentieth century. Begining with the work of William Henry Fox Talbot… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2009 at 9:30 —
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Design: Photography History Specialist (1fte or 0.5fte) at Middlesex University.
Full details available here: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/staffjobs/docs/ARTS208.pdf
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 17, 2009 at 7:12 —
Although this blog is not intended as a buying/selling forum, BPH members might be interested to learn that a UK bookseller has the following books available. As most of you will be aware these volumes are very useful sources for the period:
British Journal Photographic Almanac
- 1871, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1880 (all paper covers); plus 1892, 1894 (lack covers)
Year Book of Photography
- 1880, 1882, 1886, 1889, 1890, 1891 (all paper covers)
The bookseller… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2009 at 11:00 —
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 —