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Michael Pritchard's Blog – May 2014 Archive (17)

Exhibition: Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith

In September 2014, RIBA’s new Architecture Gallery will present the first major retrospective of Edwin Smith (1912 – 1971), one of Britain’s foremost 20th century photographers. Hailed by Sir John Betjeman as a ‘genius at photography’ and by Cecil Beaton as ‘an understanding and loving connoisseur of his subject’, Edwin Smith captured the essence of the places, landscapes and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 31, 2014 at 8:38 — 1 Comment

Daguerreobase: Daguerreotypes. Europe's Earliest Photographic Records

Daguerreobase, is a European funded non-profit research project that aims to collect at least 25.000 descriptions of daguerreotype objects in the Daguerreobase database and make a digital representation of them available on the Europeana portal. It has just published Daguerreotypes. Europe's Earliest Photographic Records which is freely available as a download…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 24, 2014 at 16:40 — No Comments

National Media Museum visitors decline

The BBC reports that Bradford's National Media Museum (NMeM) saw 480,000 visitors in 2013, in a drop of 13,000 compared to 2012. The NMeM said a fall in cinema goers was responsible for the drop in numbers. The Head of the NMeM, Jo Quinton-Tulloch said the decline in visitors was 'disappointing' but noted that general admissions to the museum's galleries and exhibitions had…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2014 at 7:36 — No Comments

Digital: NY Met Museum provides free access to 400,000 images

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has announced that more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 22, 2014 at 17:26 — No Comments

New discovery: The Vernon Lamb Archive, Matlock & District 1910-15

The Vernon Lamb Archive is a collection of new photographs, created between 2013 and 2014 from the original negatives (plates) by Robert White of Hertfordshire. The original collection began about 1910 when Vernon Lamb arrived in Matlock and stopped in 1915 after he joined the Army. However, it is almost certain that all the non army images were taken between 1910…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 20, 2014 at 19:32 — No Comments

Bob Carlos Clarke prints donated to the National Photography Collection

More than 100 photographs by acclaimed British photographer Bob Carlos Clarke, including iconic images of Keith Richards, Marco Pierre White, Caprice, Mandy Smith and Rachel Weisz, have been acquired by the National Media Museum for the National Photography Collection.

Carlos Clarke (1950-2006), became best known for his sexually provocative and stylised images, as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 20, 2014 at 16:53 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Daniel Meadows: Early Photographic Works

In 2009 the Library of Birmingham acquired a dozen photographs by Daniel Meadows, one of the most influential figures to emerge from the new wave of British independent photography in the 1970s. In May the Library will be presenting a major exhibition of his early work and begin the process of acquiring his entire photography archive.

Curated by Val…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 14, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and Friends

The amateur photography of Rupert Potter, father of the celebrated children’s book author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, will be explored in a new display opening at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate the centenary of his death. As well as two new acquisitions showing Beatrix Potter on holiday with her father, The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Auction: Wilson Bentley snowflakes

Bonhams is to sell on 4 June in New York a collection of 98 photomicrographs of snowflakes by Walter Bentley, 1890s-1920s. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2014 at 7:41 — No Comments

Auction: China, The Camera Craft Collection

Bonhams is to sell in New York on 4 June an extensive collection of material from the archive of John David Zumbrun and Camera Craft, Beijing, [1910-1929], including approximately 2000 gelatin-silver photographs, autochromes, panoramas, lantern and glass slides, postcards, colotypes, and negatives.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2014 at 7:38 — 1 Comment

Margate's Dreamland documented in tintype

Rob Ball has alerted BPH to a project he has been undertaking since January documenting Dreamland, Margate, with the ferrotype or tintype process. Dreamland was one of the country's oldest amusement parks; at one time, the 16-acre site held a zoo and miniature railway, a cinema, cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and a 2,000-capacity ballroom, not forgetting that in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2014 at 19:44 — No Comments

Research: E O Hoppé photographer at the National Archives

A blog posting from The National Archives, Kew, discusses E O Hoppé and his naturalisation papers. It also provides a link to a useful guide to photographs at TNA.  In addition to these TNA holds copyright, limited company and design records amongst many, many, others that all have important references to photography, photographers and photographic companies.



Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Call for book proposals: for a new series on history and photography

Bloomsbury has announced the development of a field-defining book series on photography and history which will create a platform for new visual historiographies and methodologies.

Photographs have been formative in political movements, commercial and industrial development, colonial and imperial expansion, geo-politics and international relations, legal practice, the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Philip L Condax (1934-2014)

BPH has learnt that Philip L Condax, former Curator of Technology at George Eastman House, died on Monday, 21 April 2014. Phil Condax was born on 24 May 1934, the son of Louis M Condax (1897-1961) and Constance W. Condax. Louis invented a dye-transfer colour process which was commercialised by Eastman Kodak Co in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

Events: Summer at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck, London, is holding a series of free events, open to all, at 43 Gordon Sq, London WC1H 0PD. You might need to book to attend some of them, as they contribute to Birkbeck Arts Week 2014.


Tuesday 6 May 2014, 18:00-19:30

Peltz Gallery,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2014 at 9:43 — No Comments

Exhibition: Horst: Photographer of Style

This autumn the V&A will present the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers. In a career that spanned six decades, Horst photographed the exquisite creations of couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in 1930s Paris, and helped to launch the careers of many models. In New York a decade…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 2, 2014 at 6:49 — No Comments

Award: McKernan's study of Charles Urban wins 2014 KK Award

Luke McKernan's historical study of Charles Urban has won the best moving image book at the 2014 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards which were announced last night. The winner of the best photography book was Sergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographer. 

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are a partner of the Sony World Photography Awards and the two books share the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 1, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

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