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Michael Pritchard's Blog – October 2010 Archive (12)

V&A Photography Department newsletter

The V&A Photography department produce a regular newsletter reporting on their activities. The latest edition can be found here: November Newsletter.pdf

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2010 at 8:58 — No Comments

Seminar: Shanghai shashin? The China Portfolio of Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Presented by Dr Luke Gartlan (School of Art History, University of St Andrews). In 1876 at the height of his career, the Yokohama-based photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried travelled to Shanghai to undertake a portfolio of 'Chinese characters'. All but forgotten since its completion, this paper argues that the commercial failure of this portfolio highlights the potential schisms that could emerge between the work of nineteenth-century…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2010 at 8:47 — No Comments

NMeM funding cut by 15 per cent

Britain's flagship photography institution will lose 15% in Government grants over the next four years as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review, Amateur Photographer has revealed.

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £81 billion pounds worth of public spending cutbacks.

A spokesman for the National Media Museum (NMM), which is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire told Amateur Photographer today: 'We know that our…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2010 at 4:24 — No Comments

Job: Photographers' Gallery - Development Office

The Photographers’ Gallery is the largest public gallery dedicated to photography. This is a very exciting time for the Gallery. Construction work has recently begun on a major redevelopment project to expand and transform the Gallery’s premises on Ramillies Street, just off Oxford Street. Scheduled to reopen late 2011 it will include three galleries, an education floor, enhanced retail spaces, a ground floor café and full disabled access.

The Development Officer (Admin) will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2010 at 4:19 — No Comments

Conference: The Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0

Call for Papers: The Versatile Image 24-26 June 2011, University of Sunderland. The 21st century digital universe is undoubtedly a “hypervisual” environment with photographic images dominating every aspect of our life. The “digital revolution”, as professed with awe and skepticism some twenty years ago, has come to stay, and, together with the developments in mobile-phone technology and the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2010 at 3:32 — No Comments

The Camera Obscura: public lecture

On Monday, 25 October between 1-2.30pm Roger Smith, a maker as well as authority on the camera obscura, will be giving an introduction to this popular optical instrument, via a lecture and demonstration. The event is a collaboration between the Museum and the Bodleian Library. Meet at 1pm in the Convocation House, entered via the Divinity School, Old Bodleian Library. There is no charge.

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2010 at 23:13 — No Comments

And/Or Book Awards: Photography and Film

Submissions are now open for the 2011 prize, for books published or distributed in the UK between 1 Janury and 31 December 2010. The winners will be announced in April. The photography judging panel this year is made up of photographer Mary McCartney; Yuka Yamaji, head of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

NMSI to be retained by government

The National Museum of Science and Industry - the parent body of the National Media Museum - is to be retained by government 'on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government'. Its role was being reconsidered as part of the government review of all quangos. The level of the funding cuts is due to be announced next week.

The Cabinet Office notice is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

Niepce role and images reappraised

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s contribution to the history of photography has been elevated after the National Media Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute revealed new findings stemming from three of Niépce’s photographic plates.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 5:30 — 4 Comments

Blakemore archive goes to Birmingham

Birmingham Central Library has acquired an important archive of photographic work by prominent artist John Blakemore, who was born in Coventry. The archive was acquired directly from the artist for £91,650, of which £42,695 came from the Art Fund. Additional support came from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of the National Libraries and The University of Derby. The archive will be permanently housed in the new Library of Birmingham when it opens in 2013.

The collection… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 5:28 — 1 Comment

Maurice Broomfield 1916-2010

The industrial photographer Maurice Broomfield whose work documented the inner landscape of industrial Britain from the 1950s to the 1970s has died. He succeeded through his striking photographs in revealing both the grit and beauty of the people, factories and processes which manufacture the everyday objects around us. The V&A have recently taken possession of the photographer's archive.

A full obituary can be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2010 at 12:45 — No Comments

Manchester and J T Chapman - exhibition

Following recent discoveries in the John Rylands Library Special Collections, UNDEREXPOSED is an exhibition in Collaboration withThe Museum of Science and Industry, celebrating the life of one of Manchester’s early photographic pioneers, J.T. Chapman.

Chemist, inventor and photographer, Chapman invented some of the processes that were to become standard in early photography. However, he…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

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