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Michael Pritchard's Blog – January 2009 Archive (13)

NMeM seeks a Creative Director - Exhibitions

The National Media Museum is seeking a Creative Director - Exhibitions of international calibre to develop and deliver an exciting, enhanced vision for the content of its temporary exhibitions programme, as it delivers on its goal to be the best museum in the world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media. Key to this goal is the ambition to create a showcase gallery in London to raise the profile of the Museum with new audiences in the nation's capital and to… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900

Alison Morrison-Low wrote a review of this book for the Times High Education Supplement which can be found by clicking here

The first part of the review is below. The exhibition on which the book is based will be at the Albertina in Vienna from 20 March and should be worth visiting.


A lavish catalogue illuminates the secrets of scientific… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

British camera website

A new website has been launched which provides images and previously unpublished information about British camera manufacturing companies and their products. The site can be accessed here:

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

NMeM acquire unknown Cameron album

The National Media Museum in Bradford has purchased the historically important and unique photograph album, Miniature Edition of Mrs Cameron's Photographs From the Life, 1869 by the eminent British Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. This acquisition has been made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£10,000) and £5,000 from The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity. Exclusive details of the content and pictures are given… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

January / St Andrews Library

There's doesn't seem too be too much happening in the UK now other than the events already posted. One website which is worth taking a look at is which will take you to the University of St Andrews Photographic Archive. Lots of fascinating material from Sir David Brewster to Valentine and later material, too. Recommended!

Please feel free too add anything to this site that is relevent… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 24, 2009 at 20:21 — No Comments

English Heritage aerial survey

Although not strictly history of photography, more the photography of history, English Heritage has identified almost 1,000 new archaeological sites along the North East coast, including ship wrecks, wartime defences and remains of medieval salt factories. A team of English Heritage-funded archaeologists examined thousands of aerial photographs of the coastline, stretching from the Scottish border to Whitby, and pieced together the most up-to-date record of the wealth of historical sites… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 18, 2009 at 12:22 — No Comments

British photographic history in the 1970s

I would draw readers attention to a one day conference on British photographic history in the 1970s being held on 14 March in Birmingham. Speakers include Colin Ford, Jane Fletcher, Paul Hill, Peter James, Carolyn Bloore and others and promises to be a fascinating day. Full details are in the 'Events' section.

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2009 at 9:28 — No Comments

MA in Photographic History - feedback needed

Professor Stephen Brown is asking for feedback on the proposed title of a new MA photographic history course which launches at De Montfort University in October 2009. He writes..."We want to make sure the title conveys as accurately as possible what the course is about. So would you mind mailing me ( with a few words or a sentence summarising what this title means to you please? "MA Photographic

History and Practice".

Full details of the course which is being… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2009 at 9:11 — No Comments

The Education of the Eye

The education of the eye. History of the Royal Polytechnic Institution 1838-1881.

Brenda Weeden

Cambridge: Granta Editions, 2008.

The Polytechnic Institution in London plays an important part in the early history of photography being the place where Richard Beard established his daguerreotype portrait studio in 1841. This was Europe's first commercial photographic studio. The Institution was one of a number of commercial enterprises presenting science to… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 6, 2009 at 9:00 — No Comments

Kraszna-Krausz Awards renamed And/or Awards 2009

The winners of the 2009 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image, are to be announced on Thursday 23 April 2009. The awards ceremony will take place at the BFI Southbank, London, and is supported by the British Film Institute and Sight & Sound magazine.

Established in 1985, the And/or Book Awards seek to celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing. Two separate prizes are given for photography… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 6, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

National Media Museum on Flickr

The National Media Museum comes to Flickr™! The museum debuted in The Commons on the photo-sharing website recently, joining other world-renowned institutions in showcasing their collections.

There are some wonderful images on there as a starting point; a major showcase of Peter Henry Emerson's work in the late 19th century, some fascinating images from the first Kodak camera, the No.1, from the 1880s, and some hilarious, bizarre and… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 5, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

Tate Curator of Photography job

London's Tate Gallery is advertising a new curatorial position of Curator (Photography and International Art). The purpose of the job is to work on the acquisition and research of works for the Tate Collection. In addition you will contribute to the photography exhibition programme at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. The closing date for applications is 9 January 2009. The full job description can be seen here:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 5, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

National Media Museum name change

On Dec 1 2006 the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television became National Media Museum. The re-branding was undertaken by Thompson Brand Partners. Thompson has written more about the changes and the rationale behind them here.

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 1, 2009 at 14:00 — No Comments

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