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Michael Pritchard's Blog – October 2011 Archive (13)

V&A Exhibition: Island Stories March-September 2012

This new V&A photography exhibition will feature over eighty photographs celebrating the diversity of photography in the UK since 1945. It is one strand supporting the V&A's major exhibition British Design 1945-2012. Island Stories will look at the narratives told through individual bodies of work by photographers held in the V&A's permanent collections. Featured photographers include Elspeth Juda and Maurice Broomfield, each of whom promoted the image of Britain 'on the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2011 at 8:12 — No Comments

Britain's leading photography curators together

Sean O'Hagan in The Observer newspaper interviews four of Britain's leading photography curators. Martin Barnes of the V&A, Brett Rogers of the Photographers' Gallery, Simon Baker of Tate Modern and Charlotte Cotton of Media Space [the National Media Museum] discuss the place of photography in their respective organisations and more widely. The wide-ranging interviews look at recent developments and, in the case of Media Space, looks ahead to a Spring 2013 opening.



Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Reports by the Juries at auction

Following from the stunning Reports by the Juries (1852) sold at Bonhams in June this year (see: another Commissioners' set in being offered by  the same auction house on 22 November 2011. This…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 26, 2011 at 8:54 — 1 Comment

V&A Photography Gallery opened tonight

The V&A Photography Gallery opened this evening. The display and room was every bit as good as the exclusive BPH photographs showed (see:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2011 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Publications: The Projection Box

The Projection Box was set up by Mo Heard and Stephen Herbert in 1994, to publish books about pre-cinema and early film, and we gradually included further subjects such as fairgrounds and photography.  The Projection Box has been slumbering for a while as we pursued other projects, but is now awake again with new publications and fresh editions of old favourites that have long been out of print.

To celebrate the 2012 Charles Dickens Bicentenary, this month sees publication of The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2011 at 16:52 — No Comments

NMeM's Insight research centre closing until 2012

The National Media Museum is about to make several important additions to its Collection and  will be rearranging Insight: Collections & Research Centre to make space for them. As a result, access to the Museum’s collections will be disrupted. Insight will be closed to researchers from Monday 27 October 2011, and there will be no tours from 14 November onwards. Insight…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2011 at 7:24 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE FIRST PICTURES: The new V&A Photography Gallery

BPH has secured photographs of the new V&A Photography Gallery which opens to the public on Tuesday, 25 October 2011. A private view takes place on Monday evening. The Gallery has been installed in a former textile room and the building has been returned to its nineteenth century glory - with wall paintings uncovered and restored.

Installation images of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2011 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Charlotte Cotton exhibition tour - 24 November 2011

Charlotte Cotton is creative director of Media Space (a partnership between the National Media Museum and the Science Museum). Previously, she was curator of photographs at the V&A, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, and head of the Wallis Annenburg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the author ofThe Photograph as Contemporary Art and founder of Words Without…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

PAGB archive with Birmingham

The archive of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain which contains  photographs and documents has been lodged with Birmingham Central Library and David Moore is working with the staff there to catalogue it. The PAGB archive has recently been joined by the donation by the Surrey Photographic Association of the collections of the defunct Central Association of Photographic Societies which includes the F J Mortimer Collection of prints. This will now form part of the PAGB Archive although…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2011 at 7:03 — No Comments

Obituary: John Chittock OBE (1928-2011)

The Royal Photographic Society reports that John Chittock OBE FRPS has died.  John was a long-standing member of The Society joining in 1955 and gaining his Associateship in 1961 and Fellowship in 1966, remaining a member until his death. 

Born on 29 May 1928, John Dudley Chittock's career started as an editor at Focal Press, the leading imprint on books devoted to photography, film and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Birmingham and photography's history

The Birmingham Post carries an interview with Peter James and a discussion about Birmingham's importance in photographic history in today's edition. The piece begins: Through October (6th-28th), the Birmingham School of Art's gothic splendour hosts a new exhibition, Perspectives, displaying images created by emerging and established photographers from Birmingham City University working with Chris Steele-Perkins, Magnum Photos, and representing one of the City's latest… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2011 at 19:41 — No Comments

Conference: The Photographic Archive and the idea of nation

The ‘long 19th century’, identified in the West with the age of the rise of nation states, is also the century of the ‘invention’ and diffusion of photography, as well as the birth of modern archival science. Photography was soon placed at the service of the iconic needs of nation states. The photographic collections and archives, both public and private, founded between the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2011 at 16:35 — No Comments

V&A Photography Gallery: the opening draws near

BPH exclusively revealed that London's V&A Museum was to open a new photography gallery in October (see: The opening is scheduled for 25 October 2011.

A permanent new gallery to show highlights…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

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