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Old Chinese photography

Although not strictly about British photography the following site includes references to British photographers, publishers before 1911. Terry Bennett announces the launch of a new site covering early photography in China. The site can be viewed here: http://www.oldchinaphotography.com/

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2010 at 13:43 — No Comments

Haworth-Booth a finale

Mark Haworth-Booth describes on his blog..."An early copy of my book on Camille Silvy arrived from the National Portrait Gallery. We sat on the sofa and looked through every page. It is wonderful! I won't get my other copies until June. This is my finale as a photo-historian and I'm thrilled with it."

The Silvy exhibition will take place at the National Portrait Gallery later this year - it promises to be the exhibition of the year for me and many…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

Research Officer post available...

Elizabeth Edwards is directing a HERA Funded Project 'Photographs, Colonial Legacy And Museums In Contemporary European Culture' PhotoCLEC, University Of The Arts London

A leading collaborative research project with University of Bergen and VU University Amsterdam, HERA's "Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity" strand will examine the ways in which museums reflect and respond to varieties of colonial experiences and their specific visual legacies. It will focus especially…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2010 at 4:30 — No Comments

NMeM secure government support for London base - for now

Amateur Photographer magazine reports that the National Media Museum has received government approval to open a London base. A spokesperson for the Bradford-based museum said this afternoon: 'We have received approval from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for this project.'



Last night, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC's Newsnight that 'none' of the DCMS's budgets are protected in light of the cutbacks expected to be outlined by the new…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

De Montfort university reveal images

A wealth of vital information about the early days of photography could be unearthed by a computer program which mimics human decision-making. De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has amassed a collection of hundreds of exhibition catalogues containing invaluable information about individual photographs but the images themselves are missing as the catalogues were printed before the technology existed to reproduce pictures alongside…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Michael Wilson becomes an Art Fund trustee

The Art Fund has welcomed Michael G Wilson, as a new trustee. Wilson, is chairman of the trustees of the National Media Museum and a collector of photography. He is a film producer and has lectured on photography and film at universities worldwide.

Michael G. Wilson said: "I am delighted to become a trustee of the Art Fund. The organisation does a tremendous job engaging national and regional interest in the arts and ensuring…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2010 at 22:54 — No Comments

British photo history - no future?

The recent national symposium of photography in Derby included Charlotte Cotton from the National Media Museum and Francis Hodgson the Financial Times photography critic as speakers. Although I wasn't able to attend there is a very informative blog report here which I would recommend reading:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2010 at 22:47 — 1 Comment

Photographic books available

The bookseller Quaritch and auction house Christie's have both published photographic book catalogues which include material of British interest. At Quaritch contact Lindsey Stewart (e: l.stewart@quaritch.com) and to view the Christie's e-catalogue click here.

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 5, 2010 at 5:32 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Photography As Art Since The Sixties

The Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex in collaboration with the Tate invites applications for a fully-funded AHRC PhD studentship to commence October 2010. The topic for the doctoral research project is 'Photography as Art since the Sixties'.

The research topic concerns photography's recent history, notably, its transformation from anti-aesthetic, post-conceptual document to large scale pictorial art. It…

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

NMeM seeks a cataloguer

The National Media Museum, Bradord, is looking for a cataloguer to work full-time for 16 weeks to help transfer information and images of objects from the collections onto a website which will showcase thier world class…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

Sara Stevenson to leave the SNPC

News reaches the blog that Sara Stevenson, chief curator of the Scottish National Photography Collection and a respected scholar of photographic history - particularly of the work of Hill and Adamson - is leave her post in May 2010. Sara will be joining the University of Glasgow as a Research Fellow where she will be working in the special collections department with David Weston. The department has an outstanding collection of early photography.

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

Frederick Scott Archer honoured and photo-history revised

Scott Archer commemorative plaque / © Michael Pritchard 2010 In a ceremony at Kensal Green cemetery today, Saturday, 1 May 2010, Frederick Scott Archer was honoured with the unveiling of a plaque on his grave. In addition, those present were able to see for the first time a surviving link to Archer with the re-erection of the original head stone recording his death that had long been lost. Also, John Brewer announced that photo-historians had incorrectly recorded Archer's death as 2 May 1857 when, in fact, he had died on 1 May…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 1, 2010 at 18:34 — 2 Comments

V&A Photography Gallery: The Other Britain Revisited

The Victoria & Albert Museum's Photography Gallery's annual redisplay opens from 30 April 2010 and features many recent acquisitions. Accompanying this is The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society.

More here: www.vam.ac.uk/photography

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments

NMeM tight-lipped over funding

Amateur Photographer magazine reports that election rules mean that the National Media Museum is barred from saying whether it fears government cutbacks may scupper its plan to open a base in London.



The NMM, which is Britain's flagship photography museum, has yet to confirm whether it has been granted government funding for the project which is expected to see the creation of 1500m2 of exhibition galleries at a location in the capital yet to be named.



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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2010 at 7:19 — No Comments

NMeM seeks a Major Projects Manager

Working closely with the Senior Project Manager, you’ll lead internal and external stakeholders to ensure major projects are completed on time and budget. Whether managing external supplier contracts, overseeing the CDM process or co-ordinating the delivery of work packages, you’ll inspire project teams to buy into our vision and deliver a great standard of work.

Coming from a similar role, you’ll already have experience of working with major funding bodies, managing budgets…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2010 at 21:58 — No Comments

National Media Museum wayfaring

There is a report and assessment of Carter Wong and Bolton Signs signage work at the National Media Museum here: http://www.commarts.com/exhibit/national-media-museum.html

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2010 at 7:33 — No Comments

MA Course: Photographic History and Practice

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, is currently recruiting students for the second year of its innovative MA programme in photographic history. The course offers a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme of study and provides a series of modules ranging from photography and theory to practical work in photographic archives.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

NMeM seeks web content co-ordinator

Web Content Co coordinator £22,500, Bradford. Fixed term until 1st April 2012. 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, with a world-leading online presence, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

We are looking for a Web Content…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2010 at 12:19 — No Comments

George Bernard Shaw's photography collection

Man and Cameraman is a project to conserve, catalogue, digitise and promote the photographic collection of George Bernard Shaw. Shaw collected around 16,000 photographs taken by himself and others and these…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 8, 2010 at 17:54 — 1 Comment

NMeM seeks Membership Executive

Our aim is to create a museum that engages people as it evolves. Our membership scheme is an exciting part of that vision. Your role is to implement a marketing strategy that promotes Museum membership and encourages our audience to be a part of our future. Through a combination of literature, events and local business liaison, you will help to attract a diverse membership base, grow membership levels and, ultimately, generate maximum income for the Museum.

Experience of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2010 at 11:47 — No Comments

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