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Michael Pritchard's Blog – March 2012 Archive (14)

NMeM: Media Space funding

Amateur Photographer magazine reports that more than half of the £4 million needed for the Media Space gallery at London's Science Museum will have to come from private sources. More importantly the project has been underwritten to full cost of £4 million by the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI) suggesting that if private funding is not forthcoming NMSI…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2012 at 21:18 — No Comments

Victorian Newcastle photographic treasure trove

The Guardian newspaper reports... When Aaron Guy peered into a forgotten box in an ancient Newcastlebuilding, he could not have guessed the treasures contained inside. The curious photo archivist had stumbled upon a remarkable set of original early glass negatives,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Practising Photography in the Sciences

A PhD research studentship covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities. Under the interdisciplinary research strand “Practising Photography in the Sciences”, PhD proposals are sought that explore the reciprocal relationship between photography, science, and the arts and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 29, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Seeking Solace: Francis Bedford’s Framing of Victorian Ideals. Photographs from the Steven Evans Collection

Drawn from the extensive private collection of the architectural photographer Steven Evans, Seeking Solace: Francis Bedford’s Framing of Victorian Ideals celebrates the work of English photographer Francis Bedford (1816–1894).  

A master draughtsman and lithographer in the 1840s and 1850s, Bedford took up photography and positioned himself as one of the premier…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 28, 2012 at 7:38 — 3 Comments

National Photography Symposium

Redeye is proud to present its fourth National Photography Symposium on 27 to 29 April 2012. It takes place in London as part of what promises to be a highly stimulating hotbed of photographic events at World Photo London.

The National Photography Symposium explores the most critical and talked-about subjects for photography and photographers. It's strongly recommended…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2012 at 15:18 — No Comments

BBC2: Britain's First Photo Album

The first programme in the short series Britain's First Photo Album airs tonight on BBC2. Full information can be found here: 

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2012 at 18:42 — 2 Comments

Obituary: Robert Elwall (14 January 1953-7 March 2012)

Robert Elwall, Assistant director of the RIBA’s British Architectural Library, and the founder and curator of the RIBA Library Photographs Collection and RIBApix collapsed and died suddenly after a short illness. Robert had been continuing to work on various projects at RIBA.

Robert was a great writer of books and papers on photography and architecture in its broadest sense. A number of his articles are collected here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2012 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

Workshop: Collodion, Ambrotype and Daguerreotype

Minnie Weisz's first London collodion wet-plate photography workshops were taught by France Scully Osterman and Mark Osterman in 2009/2010. Following in the footsteps of Frederick Scott Archer, the inventor of the collodion process in 1851, our 2012 weekend workshops are led by Jo Gane and John Brewer, experts in the field of 19th Century Photographic processes in the UK.

Learn to make unique images direct onto glass, aluminium and acrylic. Create portrait and still life images in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: In the Blink of An Eye

The National Media Museum's In the Blink of an Eye Media & Movement exhibition opens from 9 March. Featuring classic images and new commission work the show is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. One of the new works can be seen here: 

The exhibition has been curated by Colin Harding and runs until 2 September 2012. For more…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 8, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Job: NMeM Collections Information Officer

Purpose of the Job: Delivers the work for the NMSI Collections Information team at the National Media Museum and National Railway Museum in accordance with policies, procedures, data standards and best practice

• creates and enhances the primary and authoritative collections record

• undertakes collections projects

Key Deliverables/Accountabilities

1. Takes care of personal health and safety and that of others, reports and takes action to resolve any…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 8, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Charlotte Cotton resigns from MediaSpace (updated 7/3/12)

Source magazine reports that Charlotte Cotton is resigning from her position as Creative Director for London Galleries at the National Media Museum, a position she took up in October 2009 (see: The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2012 at 21:27 — No Comments

Media Space - Science Museum confirms new media galleries to open in London in 2013

The National Museum of Science and Industry today confirms that its media galleries will open in spring 2013. The Media Space will be sited on 2nd floor of the Science Museum and it will consist of a breathtaking gallery for the exhibition of visual media surrounded by cultural spaces for exploring, discussing, testing and exhibiting creative technologies. The project will cost £4 million and is the fruit of the partnership between the Science…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2012 at 7:01 — No Comments

Edwardian photographic slides see the light after 100 years

A collection of 84 glass lantern slides dating from the early part of the twentieth century has been donated to Bath & North East Somerset Council. The photographs depict various scenes in and around Bath including Prior Park, Bath Abbey, the Guildhall and the Botanical Gardens. They are thought to have been taken around 1905, possibly by a surveyor with an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Beautiful effects': Ruskin’s Daguerreotypes of Switzerland

The Whitehouse Collection held by the Ruskin Foundation at the Ruskin Library contains 125 Daguerreotypes – one-off plates using the first popular process of permanent photography.  The third display in a series of four, this focuses on the Swiss scenes.  John Ruskin travelled to the French and Swiss Alps more often…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

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