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Michael Pritchard's Blog – September 2012 Archive (35)

Michael G Wilson honoured / Media Space

A special event was held last night to celebrate the important contribution that Michael G Wilson OBE HonFRPS has made as a Trustee and Patron of the Science Museum. Science Museum Director Ian Blatchford and government minister Ed Vaizey were amongst the guests present. Wilson is to be the first chair of a new Science Museum Foundation tasked with major fundraising and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Post-Doc positions: Semantic Web / Data Warehousing

Two post-doctoral Research Fellow positions are available at De Montfort University, Leicester, to work on the AHRC funded FuzzyPhoto project that is developing and testing computer-based “finding aids” for recommending potential matches between historical photographic exhibition catalogue records and images of photographs that appear in online collections.  One will have a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2012 at 19:42 — No Comments

Call for Papers: The Photograph and the Album

We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book, to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013. The photograph album carries the potential to convey meaning beyond the images contained within it. However, the long history of the photograph and the album is currently changing because of the way in which we are now making and using photographs. This could be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2012 at 19:33 — No Comments

British Pathé information request

British Pathé has created a collection of photos showing amazing vintage cameras in its '50 Classic Cameras' album but has little knowledge of old cameras. It is seeking commentwith some information on any of the photos. Any information on make, age, etc would be greatly appreciated.

There are three ways of contacting British Pathé:

1.      Register with the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2012 at 19:29 — No Comments

Book: Sarah Angelina Acland re-discovered as one of the Pioneers of Colour Photography

A richly illustrated book from Bodleian Library Publishing on the life, career, and pictures of pioneering photographic artist Sarah Angelina Acland sheds new light on the history of colour photography.

Sarah Angelina Acland (1849–1930) is one of the most important photographers of the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2012 at 19:24 — 2 Comments

Workshop: daguerreotype and heliograph

David Burder FRPS, FBIPP, BSc, and Terry King, who was made an FRPS back in 1982 will be running a a very special workshop on 21 and 22 September 2012. David G Burder will be running the hands-on daguerreotype part of the workshop while Terry King will lead an exercise in making heliographs using asphalt in the way Nicéphore Niépce made the first extant photograph of the view from his window at Chalon sur Saone in 1826.

Not many people have done this!

David is Director of 3D…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2012 at 18:46 — No Comments

NMeM major early colour film discovery

The BBC is showing a programme about a major discovery of early colour film made at the National Media Museum by curator of film Michael Harvey. Movies were a wonder of the Edwardian age, but they were only in black and white. With a fortune waiting for whoever could invent moving colour images, a desperate race began to be the first, with back stabbing businessmen, amazing…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2012 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War

Cecil Beaton is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and designers. His glamorous photographs of royalty and celebrities projected him to fame but his extraordinary work as a wartime photographer is less well-known.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Information in July 1940, Beaton was the longest serving high-profile photographer to cover the Second World War.…

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Exhibition: Roger Mayne: aspects of a great photographer

Bath's Victoria Art Gallery will be showing the work of Roger Mayne from 26 January-7 April 2013. The exhibition: Roger Mayne: aspects of a great photographer will be his first museum show for 22 years. Born in 1929 Roger Mayne photographed London's street life in the 1950s, capturing its vigour and poverty. Later he photographed his own children and people observed…

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

lux: Showing off the St Andrews Photographic Collection on Tumblr

The Department of Special Collections of the University of St Andrews Library has a new Tumblr blog called “lux”. Marc Boulay, the photographic archivist writes... Its aim is to cater to those who will enjoy receiving a steady stream of images which illustrate the scope of our Photographic Collection and the new discoveries we're making every week. Out of our vast…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 4, 2012 at 21:19 — No Comments

Research Seminars: Photographic History Research Centre

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has published details of its Autumn research seminars in cultures of photography. Seminars are open to everyone. 

Autumn 2012, Tuesdays 4 – 6pm, Edith Murphy Building, De Montfort University, Room number in square brackets.

October 9th     [EM 1.07]

Dr Steve Edwards (Open…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 2, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

AHRC Studentship: Photographs, Museums and Archaeology

An AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities in collaboration with the British Museum.

The project addresses the role of photography and its relationship with other mimetic technologies in field archaeology and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 2, 2012 at 8:57 — No Comments

Call for papers: Between Art and Information: Collecting Photographs

The status of photographs in the history of museum collections is a complex one. From the inception of the medium its double capacity as an aesthetic form and as a recording medium created tensions about its place in the hierarchy of museum objects.  While museums had been amassing photographs since about 1850, it was, for instance, only in the 1970s that the first senior…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 2, 2012 at 8:49 — No Comments

NMeM / BFI Mediatheque coming to Bradford soon...

The National Media Museum is looking to engage an architectural designer to work with it to create a new BFI Mediatheque in the museum building. It is looking for an experienced architectural designer to lead on the design, to appoint and manage a graphic designer and to coordinate the overall design scheme. This is an exciting opportunity to create a unique and innovative…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2012 at 13:08 — No Comments

National Media Museum - Audience research tender

BPH has reported on the decline in visitor numbers at the National Media Museum over recent years (see: http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/national-media-museum-visitor-numbers-continue-to-fall) The Museum has just issued a tender document…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

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