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PhotoHistory XV in 2011 and call for papers

Rochester, NY– The world’s only continuous symposium on the history of photography PhotoHistory XV, will take place at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York on October 21-23, 2011. This date represents a new two-year interval between proceedings as requested by…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 21, 2010 at 16:21 — No Comments

Scott Archer - a website and future book

Writing elsewhere Marcel Safier describes a project which he and Stefan Hughes have joined forces on. The intention is to produce a biography of the neglected but important figure in photograpic history, inventor of the successful collodion photographic process Frederick Scott Archer.

Marcel states: "We became acquainted through our mutual friend, Archer enthusiast and contemporary wet plate practitioner Sean McKenna. Already fresh and interesting material has come to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 7, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Muybridge blog

Respected historian of cinema and pre-cinema, Stephen Herbert, has been running a Muybridge blog. The latest posting discusses a possible connection between Muybridge, the name Helios and Paris. http://ejmuybridge.wordpress.com/

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 7, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Photographers' Gallery to close in the Autumn

The Photographers' Gallery, London, is to close this Autumn 2010 as construction starts on the transformation of the Gallery's building on Ramillies Street, London. The conversion by architects O'Donnell+ Tuomey will create:

  • Three floors of galleries
  • A floor dedicated to learning for all
  • An improved Bookshop and Print Sales space
  • A brand new street level Café/Bar
  • An accessible building with a new lift

Although the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 4, 2010 at 19:35 — No Comments

Libraries and the preservation of early photography

The photo-historian Larry Schaaf writes in the The Magazine Antiques about the institutional collection and preservation of photographs within the context of the British Library and it's activities. The first paragraph is reproduced below. Click here for to see the full text (for free):…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 4, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

Points of View a popular success

The British Library's most visited temporary exhibition during 2009-10 was Points of View which attracted 108,989 visitors and surpassed, by far, the Henry VIII exhibtion. Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs was the British Library’s first major photographic exhibition and examined the development and influence of photography from its invention in 1839 up to the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 3, 2010 at 20:02 — No Comments

Ikon Gallery's Edgerton show featured on Radio 4

BBC R4's Front Row radio programme will be discussing Birmingham's Ikon Gallery Harold Edgerton show as part of a wider debate about ground-breaking photography. The show begins at 7.15pm and will be available on the BBC's Listen Again feature for a week afterwards. Click here to listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2010 at 15:29 — No Comments

Scotland’s hidden photographic treasures go online

A huge slice of Scottish photographic history has been uploaded onto the internet in a bid to share the nation’s history with the world. Over 2,000 previously archived pictures were posted onto Flickr by the National Library of Scotland. The formerly hidden treasures include the World War One photographs and an image of the chilling order for the massacre of Glencoe.

Library bosses decided to post the pictures online using Flickr’s Commons licence, meaning anybody can use them…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2010 at 5:26 — No Comments

Niepce in England - the video...

The National Media Museum/Getty Conservation Institute conference being held in October has published a short video explaining the purpose of the conference (click below to play). The video features Dusan Stulik talking about Niepce and the importance of his work within the conference context.

For more information about the conference click here:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 20, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Job: NMeM Development Officer

Can you demonstrate solid experience and achievements in raising funds from trusts, foundations and public bodies? Would you like to apply this within one of the world’s most prestigious museums? Our ability to meet our funding targets is critical to the delivery of world-class projects, exhibitions and visitor attractions. For this reason, we’re looking for a Senior Development Executive at The National Media Museum. With your experience in raising funds in the cultural sector, we will look…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2010 at 5:00 — No Comments

RPS Honours Falconer and Wilson

The Royal Photographic Society has honoured British Library photography curator John Falconer with it's Colin Ford Medal and Michael Wilson, the National Media Museum's chair of trustees, with an award for outstanding service to photography and an Honorary Fellowship. More details will be published when the full citations are made available in September.

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2010 at 10:26 — No Comments

Revealed: the National Media Museum's London Presence

A Freedom of Information request by JIm Bretell to the National Museum of Science and Industry has thrown light on the NMeM's plans for its London presence - although the NMSI declined to make available the 'substantial' documentation that the project has generated. In a token gesture it has published a partially redacted section of the NMSI Trustee minutes of 8 February 2008 these show:

  • the aim of the London presence is to raise the national and international profile of the…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2010 at 21:38 — No Comments

Silvy exhibition opens this week

The National Portrait Gallery's Camille Silvy exhibition opens this week on 15 July. For any BPH readers in London the NPG bookshop is already selling curator Mark Haworth-Booth's book and catalogue of the show along with other relevant books, poster, cards and souvenirs. As one would expect the book is a fascinating read with well-reproduced illustrations and excellent value at £20 (hardback only). The exhibition space itself remains hidden behind locked…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the photographic negative



Made at Lacock Abbey by William Henry Fox Talbot in August 1835, the world’s first photographic negative changed the world. A new exhibition, Celebrating the Negative launching on 3 July at the Fox Talbot Museum will display images by John Loengard, a highly acclaimed American photographer, who travelled the world during the 1990s visiting archives and photographers’ studios to see the original negatives of images that have…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2010 at 22:02 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Seeing the Unseen: Photographs and films by Harold E. Edgerton



Ikon presents Seeing the Unseen, a revisit of the gallery’s 1976 exhibition of high-speed photographs by the pioneering American scientist and photographer Dr Harold E. Edgerton (1906-1990). Forming part of Ikon’s retrospective of the 1970s It Could Happen To You, this presentation takes place in Birmingham’s Pallasades Shopping Centre, in a shop unit just a few doors away from Ikon’s home during that…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2010 at 21:32 — No Comments

Photoworks seeks a new Director

Photoworks, the UK’s leading agency for photography is seeking to appoint a new Director following the appointment of David Chandler as Professor of Photography at the University of Plymouth.



The new Director will provide artistic vision, leadership and ambition for the organisation, building on its outstanding achievements of the last decade and taking it forward into a new and exciting period of further development. This post demands exceptional leadership…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2010 at 5:39 — No Comments

Job: Academic Assistant - Photographic Collection


Academic Assistant - Photographic Collection (1 year). The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London University of London http://jobs.ac.uk/job/ABH740/

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 26, 2010 at 18:42 — No Comments

Niepce in England conference - Now Booking

The National Media Museum has released booking details of the Niépce in England conference which takes place at the museum on 14-15 October 2010. Details are given below...

NIÉPCE IN ENGLAND…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2010 at 19:38 — No Comments

NMeM: London Presence update

A Freedom of Information request to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that the National Media Museum still sees the Science Museum as the base for its London Presence. The DCMS also confirmed:

  • That it had held no meetings the National Media Museum over its plans for a London Presence between 1 September 2009 and 3 June 2010
  • The Project is expected to cost less than £5 million and therefore does not require any approval from the DCMS
  • The…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2010 at 9:46 — No Comments

Muybridge online resource launched

A new digital resource for Muybridge scholars has been launched. The website, the result of an ongoing collaboration between Kingston University and Kingston Museum in the United Kingdom, aims to provide a definitive research resource surrounding the work of nineteenth century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Thesite provides an introduction to Muybridge’s works in historical and social context; and information on the international collections that house them. It is fully searchable.… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2010 at 11:15 — No Comments

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