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The Camera Obscura: public lecture

On Monday, 25 October between 1-2.30pm Roger Smith, a maker as well as authority on the camera obscura, will be giving an introduction to this popular optical instrument, via a lecture and demonstration. The event is a collaboration between the Museum and the Bodleian Library. Meet at 1pm in the Convocation House, entered via the Divinity School, Old Bodleian Library. There is no charge.

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2010 at 23:13 — No Comments

And/Or Book Awards: Photography and Film

Submissions are now open for the 2011 prize, for books published or distributed in the UK between 1 Janury and 31 December 2010. The winners will be announced in April. The photography judging panel this year is made up of photographer Mary McCartney; Yuka Yamaji, head of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

NMSI to be retained by government

The National Museum of Science and Industry - the parent body of the National Media Museum - is to be retained by government 'on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government'. Its role was being reconsidered as part of the government review of all quangos. The level of the funding cuts is due to be announced next week.

The Cabinet Office notice is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

Niepce role and images reappraised

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s contribution to the history of photography has been elevated after the National Media Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute revealed new findings stemming from three of Niépce’s photographic plates.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 5:30 — 4 Comments

Blakemore archive goes to Birmingham

Birmingham Central Library has acquired an important archive of photographic work by prominent artist John Blakemore, who was born in Coventry. The archive was acquired directly from the artist for £91,650, of which £42,695 came from the Art Fund. Additional support came from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of the National Libraries and The University of Derby. The archive will be permanently housed in the new Library of Birmingham when it opens in 2013.

The collection… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 5:28 — 1 Comment

Maurice Broomfield 1916-2010

The industrial photographer Maurice Broomfield whose work documented the inner landscape of industrial Britain from the 1950s to the 1970s has died. He succeeded through his striking photographs in revealing both the grit and beauty of the people, factories and processes which manufacture the everyday objects around us. The V&A have recently taken possession of the photographer's archive.

A full obituary can be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2010 at 12:45 — No Comments

Manchester and J T Chapman - exhibition

Following recent discoveries in the John Rylands Library Special Collections, UNDEREXPOSED is an exhibition in Collaboration withThe Museum of Science and Industry, celebrating the life of one of Manchester’s early photographic pioneers, J.T. Chapman.

Chemist, inventor and photographer, Chapman invented some of the processes that were to become standard in early photography. However, he…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

NMeM under threat

The National Media Museum appears on a leaked list of public bodies under review for closure by the government. Incorrectly named as the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television the museum is directly funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. Other bodies which are under review include the National Archives and eighteen other museums and galleries in the UK. The British Library is to be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 24, 2010 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Photography 1889-1903 - journal reprint on DVD

The Optical Magic Lantern Journal and Photographic Enlarger (OMLJ) was a British trade monthly that appeared from 1889 to 1903 and had a remit covering the magic lantern and illumination through to photography and the world of early cinema. The OMLJ featured news and opinions from each of the worlds and through its correspondence and advertising pages provides a unique insight into each of these areas at an important point in their history.

The publication only…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2010 at 10:47 — No Comments

Job: NMeM Audience Researcher - Internet Gallery Project

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

Audience Researcher – Internet Gallery Project


£17,500 - £18,500

It’s vital to the continued success of the organisation…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2010 at 12:01 — No Comments

NMeM may charge for entry

The Yorkshire Post reports that there is increasing speculation that the the National Media Museum may have to start charging admission. It reports that: The organisation which runs York's National Railway Museum and Bradford's National Media Museum is also "planning for a range of scenarios" and has refused to rule out changes to opening times as it waits to find out how badly the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) budget is cut in the Comprehensive Spending…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2010 at 11:25 — No Comments

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…


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…


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.

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…


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):…


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…


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:

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…


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:…


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

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