Scully & Osterman will offer an Ambrotype Class in London at Minnie Weisz Studio under the Victorian Arches, King's Cross, 123 Pancras Rd London NW1 1UN between 7-8 October 2009.
The class will provide an introduction to the wet-plate collodion process and participants will make ambrotype portraits and still-lifes. The class size is limited to six students with two instructors: Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman
For more information visit:… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2009 at 21:59 —
The Royal Collection has put it's first photograph exhibition online. The 1987 exhibition, Crown and Camera
, curated by Roger Taylor and Frances Dimond, and shown at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, is now available online on the Royal Collection’s website. The exhibition presents a survey of the 19th century photographic material in the Royal Collection, from 1842 to 1910. It includes the earliest photograph in the collection – a… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2009 at 6:48 —
The Art Newspaper
reports that British photographer Martin Parr is in talks with Nicholas Serota of the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum to leave his collection of historic and contemporary British photographs to the nation. Neither institution would confirm the story. Parr claims he is not looking to make a profit on any deal.
Over the over the last twenty years Parr has assembled an important survey of 700 British documentary photos and book dummies. This… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2009 at 21:00 —
In conjunction with the National Media Museum, the University of Bolton wishes to offer a postgraduate research studentship for a suitable candidate to undertake research on relevant collections within the National Media Museum in the following areas:
Interpretations of China by nineteenth century European - chiefly British - photographers
Images of China prior to the Cultural Revolution
A comparative study of images of China from European and Chinese… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2009 at 6:26 —
Peter James, Head of Photography at Birmingham Central Library has been given the 2009 Colin Ford Award by the Royal Photographic Society
The award, instituted in 2003, bears the name of Colin Ford CBE, the first Director of the National Museum of Photography Film and Television in Bradford (now the National Media Museum). It is normally given each year to honour an individual who has contributed in a major way to curatorship. It has… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2009 at 7:30 —
The NMeM blog
reports that a PhD student has discovered a new Demachy print in the museum's collections. Student, Julien Faure-Conorton from Paris, found the print Ploërmel, Brittany
hidden beneath another print in the collection, La Cueillette
, which is part of the Royal Photographic Society material now housed in Bradford.
In the words of the blog posting:
The full story is… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2009 at 12:00 —
British bookseller Bernard Quaritch Ltd has published the first comprehensive history of the earliest years of photography in China. It combines previously unpublished research with over 150 photographs, many of which are attributed and published here for the first time. Terry Bennett describes the way in which the discovery of photography in China was framed against the tumultuous backdrop of the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion and the opening of numerous treaty ports to foreign… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2009 at 6:30 —
Donald Stewart is looking for information on early uses of, and references to, infra red photography. In particular, and in his own words: "I'm trying to get information on early British infra red photography, experiments or practice but other than its use in astronomical studies"...Please comment here so that he can pick up any feedback.
Added by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2009 at 6:30 —
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 —