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Michael Pritchard's Blog – May 2012 Archive (22)

National Media Museum appoints new Head

The National Media Museum, Bradford, has appointed Jo Quinton-Tulloch as its Head of Museum. Jo Quinton-Tulloch is currently the Head of Exhibitions at the Science Museum in London. She will take up her post in Bradford in September 2012. Jo has worked in museums for 18 years and has a wealth of experience in establishing…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Auction: Camfield 'Harry' Wills Collection

Bonhams Oxford is offering part of the photography collection of Harry Wills who died in 2011 aged 90. Wills was born and raised in Birmingham and was one of the earliest collectors of photographs and photographic equipment in Britain. He was a founder member of The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group in 1972 and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Birmingham Library launches Reference Works

On Tuesday 3 April 2012, the Library of Birmingham launched Reference Works: a major photography commission in which four leading photographers will make visual responses to the current Central Library building and to the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2012 at 7:05 — No Comments

Smith, Beck & Beck stereoscope success

At a recent auction a Victorian walnut cased table top achromatic stereoscope by Smith Beck and Beck complete with approximately 260 card mounted slides and 10 glass slides, was the subject of a frenzied bidding war between numerous telephone and internet bidders. It was sold to a New Jersey America…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2012 at 16:55 — No Comments

Calotype photograph by Talbot?

Dr Lynn Pearson is researching the image shown here which has been attributed to W H F Talbot and does not appear to have been previously reproduced. The image shows Collins's Brewery in Water Lane, Richmond, probably 1840s.It is in the David Parry collection, part of the Brewery History Society…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2012 at 15:53 — 1 Comment

Kodak Research Library now available to researchers

As BPH reported in 2009 De Montfort University had been given the remaining portion of the Kodak Research Library which had been based at Kodak Ltd's premises at Harrow. The company's archives are at the British…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2012 at 10:00 — 8 Comments

Photographic History Research Centre - one year on

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) celebrated it's first anniversary on Thursday. Professor Elizabeth Edwards, the Centre's Director, gave her professorial lecture and launched her new book The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Workshops: Hands On

Terry King & Hands-On Pictures in Richmond have a number of upcoming workshops: Niepce and Wedgwood on 12 & 13 June focuses on making prints on metal using asphaltum also known as ' bitumen of Judea'.  It will use two different methods, the first will produce a straight photograph in asphaltum, the second will produce an image using asphaltum which will result in a plate having the  same qualities as 'The First Photograph' in the 'Harry Ransom Center' in Austin. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2012 at 20:52 — No Comments

Birmingham: A new museum for photography? (UPDATED)

Birmingham's Ikon Gallery is proposing a new museum of photography in the city centre's Curzon Street station building. The proposal document states: 'The Curzon Street railway station building,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2012 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Dillwyn Day - 22 June 2012

A one-day symposium on pivotal role of one family in nineteenth century life. From the history of science to literary criticism, this interdisciplinary event explores the Dillwyn family’s contributions to: Anti-Slavery and transatlantic trade, nineteenth century science and ground-breaking early photography, feminist…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2012 at 7:21 — 1 Comment

Photographers' Gallery re-opens today

The Photographers' Gallery in London re-opens to the public today after a major refurbishment and rebuilding programme. Speaking to BPH at the launch yesterday Brett Rogers, Director, said that the refurbishment has exceeded her expectations.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2012 at 8:43 — 1 Comment

NMeM Life on Line Gallery

Life Online,at the National Media Museum, Bradford, is designed by NRNDesign  The gallery is designed to explore the social, technological and cultural impact of the Internet. This permanent gallery traces the history of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 17, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

Media Space benefit auction realises £370,200

The Media Space benefit auction held at Christie's last night realised £370,200. After a reception and short speeches from Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum and Michael G Wilson OBE the auctioneer, Philippe Garner of Christie's, knocked down sixty lots. The money raised will be used to support the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 17, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

NMeM / Media Space Benefit Auction - 16 May - UPDATED

Auction house Christie’s is working with the Science Museum and the National Media Museum, Bradford, to present a benefit sale of Photographs 1840s to the Present which will be sold on the evening of Wednesday 16 May to raise funds for the new MEDIA SPACE that will open at the Science Museum in London…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2012 at 6:00 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present

View Old Master painting through a new lens with London's National Gallery's first major exhibition of photography co-curated by Christopher Riopelle, National Gallery Curator for Post-1800 Painting, and Hope Kingsley from the Wilson Centre for Photography. Opening on 31 October 2012 the…


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

PhotoCLEC website launch

Photographs are probably the most ubiquitous and far-reaching records of the colonial past. They trace the experiences of a vast range of people touched by European colonial expansion and domination, both colonised and colonisers.How is this record understood in public histories? What is its role in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2012 at 18:56 — No Comments

Lost Imagery of India Discovered

A century-old collection of photographs of India has been discovered in the RCAHMS archive. The rare and fragile glass plate negatives, which date back to around 1912, show life on the subcontinent at the high point of the British Raj.

The 178 negatives were found in a shoebox for a pair of grey, size 9,Peter…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2012 at 5:36 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, International Media Museum, Qatar

Senior Photography Conservator, International Media Museum, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar. The IMM possesses one of the most outstanding and valuable photographic collections in the region and one that ranks with major collections through the world. The photographs are of exceptional quality and span from the 19th…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2012 at 8:46 — No Comments

Photograph: information wanted

Bob Lansdale and Louise Freyburger are trying to research this image. They writes...We know the name of Regiment – the 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot, stationed in London, Ontario, CANADA at the time of the Fenian Raids (1866-1870). The tintype was found in a letter in a staircase when they demolished…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2012 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

London Festival of Photography

With just under one month to go before the London Festival of Photography opens the programme is now available. In addition a wonderful range of exhibitions there are two events of particular note. On 21 June John Falconer, Lead Curator at the British Library will be talking on Henry Fox Talbot (see:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2012 at 8:01 — No Comments

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