London design consultancy Carter Wong has been appointed to design an integrated signage system for the National Media Museum in Bradford, having come through a two-month tender process, put out by museum group NMSI. The NMSI invited the group to tender in August following work it carried out for an orientation map at the Science Museum.
Ten groups applied to the tender and five were shortlisted, according to Carter Wong creative director Phil Carter, who said, ‘A new signage… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2009 at 11:00 —
The British Library formally opened it's landmark photography exhibition Points of View
last night at a well-attended private view. The exhibiton marks the librarys first ever photographic exhibition. It opens to the public from 9.30am this morning.
At a risk of running out of superlatives Points of View
is quite simply the best exhibition that the library has ever put on. It is a large show, but never feels unapproachable. It is well designed and laid out and… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2009 at 8:00 —
Further to an earlier posting reporting a series of lectures on early projection and the magic lantern (click here
) full details of the programme have been published. The programme can be downloaded by clicking here: Pepper'sGhost_II_.pdf
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2009 at 8:25 —
At the international launch yesterday, Brian May and Elena Vidal presented their book A Village Lost and Found
, which brings together the complete annotated collection of the original 1850s stereoscopic photograph series Scenes in Our Village
by T. R. Williams. A full report and review of the book will appear here shortly. The launch was held at Hinton Waldrist, the village where T. R. Williams originally made the series of photographs.
For the young Brian… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2009 at 7:00 —
Terry King writes...As people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the ability of digital photography to meet their creative needs, there is a corresponding revival of interest in the craftsmanship and the aesthetic of the hands-on or alternative photography included my Wedgwood to Bromoil course of workshops. Examples of processes included in the workshop can be found on www.hands-on-pictures.com.The course gives everyone hands-on practical experience.
The excitement of the… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2009 at 3:04 —
The Magic Lantern Society & The University of Westminster will present a second series of six evenings of optical magic at the old Polytechnic, fortnightly from Thursday 12 November – Thursday 10 December 2009, and from Thursday 28 January – Thursday 25th February 2010, at The Old Cinema, University of Westminster 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.
Thursday 12 November @ 7pm
‘Professor’ Mervyn Heard
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2009 at 20:30 —
2 October 2009 – 11 April 2010, The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh
This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s extraordinary images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole. Hurley’s dramatic icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2009 at 20:37 —
The And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image (including film, television and new media), are inviting publishers to submit titles for the 2010 awards. With prize money of £10,000 divided between the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book published in 2009, the And/or Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing.
Established in 1985 by Andor… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2009 at 20:00 —
R. Derek Wood published a series of important and carefully researched papers between 1970 and 2008 on early photographic history. His interests lay mainly in the early pioneers of photography, with a focus on dioramas and early experiments between 1830 and 1850 including William Henry Fox Talbot and Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre and topics such as patents. His website http://www.midley.co.uk/
collated these papers and made them available,… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2009 at 21:30 —
The Royal Society is holding two lectures that will be of interest to blog readers:
'Photographing ancient Mesopotamia: Talbot, Fenton and the British Museum'
Friday 23 October, 1-2pm
Around 1850 A.H. Layard excavated several ancient Mesopotamian sites, the artefacts of which were brought to the British Museum. Here the trustees discussed the use of photography in the field and in the museum. W. H. Fox Talbot, inventor of the Calotype… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:40 —
A landmark exhibition of photography from 1840 to the present day from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is an unprecedented survey of South Asian photographers and their presentation of culture and modernity. Historic early photographs from the important Drik Collection in Bangladesh and the Alkazi Collection in Delhi are given a rare platform on the world stage, while images from private, familial records will be seen for the very first time. The exhibition includes over 300 works by more than… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:25 —
The British Library has announced a series of events around its major autumn exhibition Points of View
which takes place from 30 October 2009 to 7 March 2010. These include a whole day of lectures and workshops on 7 November as well as one-off events including Brian May talking about the photographer T. R. Williams and Larry Schaaf on William Henry Fox Talbot. Below is a exclusive, handy print-out and keep guide to these. Most of the events are free but have limited availability so… Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:00 —
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 —