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

The history of photography in China - vol. 2 now available

The second volume of Quaritch's series on the history of photography in China is now available. The History of Photography in China: Western Photographers 1861-1879 is the most extensive general survey, in any language, of Western photographers who began working in China in the 1860s and 1870s.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 29, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Falmouth: Masters of Photography

Falmouth Art Gallery has a small but important collection of 20th century and contemporary photography. It boasts the largest collection of Lee Miller photographs outside of the Lee Miller archive and has remarkable images by Eve Arnold, Fay Godwin and Linda McCartney. The collection is particularly strong in Surrealist photographs including works by Lee Miller’s husband Sir Roland Penrose, Man Ray…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 28, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

NMeM Internet galleries design contract awarded

Manchester design consultancy NRN Design has been appointed to create new Internet galleries at the National Media Museum in Bradford, which will explore the history, evolution and social impact of the Internet. The contract is worth £88,000. More illustrations are available here. The same company was responsible for the computrer games lounge situtated in the museum…

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 27, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Course: Investigating the Archives: Photographic Collections of London

From the collections of the V&A and Royal Anthropological Institute to those at local libraries and in professional archives such as Magnum Photos, London plays host to a surprising variety of often unknown photographic collections and archives, all of which are kept for different purposes.

Using practical explorations, visits and thematic discussions this course arranged by the Photographers' Gallery and Birkbeck…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

London Photograph Fairs 2011

The dates have been announced for the 2011 London Photograph Fairs which will take place on 20 February, 15 May, 11 September and 20 November 2011. The venue will be the Holiday Inn, Coram Street, London, close to Russell Square tube station and within walking distance of Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross mainline stations. Admission is £3. For more information see www.photofair.co.uk

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Geoffrey W. Crawley (1926-2010) (updated)

Geoffrey Crawley, one of Britain's best photographic editors and scientists, has died aged 83. Crawley was editor of the British Journal of Photography between 1967 and 1987 and worked there until 2000, when he joined Amateur Photographer as photo-science consultant. He wrote for the magazine until recently.

Crawley had a long career in photography and invented the developer Acutol which was sold by Paterson from 1963. He also investigated the Cottingley…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

Lecture: The Practice of Intimacy

Elinor Carucci‘s photographs have consistently explored the types and levels of intimacy, focusing on her own body, her parents, her husband, and more recently, her children. Often photographing in close-range, Carucci relies on bits and pieces, expressions and symbols to communicate joy, pain, and the sometimes-elegiac sentiments that accompany relationships.

Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2010 at 6:30 — No Comments

National Media Museum signage

Back in October 2009 BPH reported on the National Media Museum's revised signage project and subsequently reported on the positive reaction to it. The London-based designers behind the project, Carter Wong, have published their own short report on the signage project. Click here to read it:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2010 at 11:35 — No Comments

National Media Museum website revamped

The National Media Museum, Bradford, has relaunched its website, improving the content and navigation. See www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2010 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Brunel Hawes Archive photography lots exceed expectations

An archive of Brunel material consigned by a descendant of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel was sold at auction on 2 November 2010 (click to see the full sale) by Tooveys in Sussex. Included in the sale were several items of photographic interest, click to see the full descriptions:

  • BRUNEL, Isambard Kingdom (1806-1859). - Robert HOWLETT and George DOWNES (photographers). A…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2010 at 5:59 — No Comments

Magic Lantern Show

Monday 8th November will be a dark and creepy evening at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, as Professor Heard, the world’s finest Phantasmagoria Magic Lantern Projectionist, will be performing a show in the library.

There will be 2 performances, a family friendly show at 4.30 – 5pm, then at 7.30 – 9pm an evening event where things get a bit…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

Job: Research Professor in Photographic History

Leicester, UK: The De Montfort University Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) draws together and integrates scholarship across a diverse range of disciplines and research on primary sources from the 19th through the 21st centuries of photographic history. It has strong strategic alliances with institutions such as the British Library, V&A, National Media Museum, Société française de photographie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 3, 2010 at 5:00 — No Comments

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