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UPDATE: Charlotte Cotton joins NMeM

The National Media Museum, Bradford, have now issued a formal press release regarding Charlotte Cotton who is joining the museum in October 2009.



National Media Museum Appoints

Creative Director for London Galleries


The National Media Museum in Bradford has appointed Charlotte Cotton to its new role of Creative Director for its future London Galleries. Charlotte will be charged with delivering an exciting vision for the content of the Museum’s special exhibitions… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2009 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

UK EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Cotton joins NMeM as Creative Director

Charlotte Cotton. Photographer: unknown Charlotte Cotton is to join the National Media Museum in Bradford as Creative Director. Rumours had been swilling around the photographic community for five or six weeks and I am now able to confirm this news. Cotton had recently left her job at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she had been curator and head of the photographs department. The NMeM had yet to officially confirm this news which was first reported in the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

A village lost and found

Many months ago I reported here that Brian May and Elena Vidal's book on series of stereographs of the 1850s photographer T. R. Williams Scenes in Our Village was going to be published in October 2009. Well, the project continues on schedule. The book is currently in press and the stereoscope that will accompany it has been designed, prototyped and is being… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

World's smallest gallery to open in Settle

Roger Taylor inside the Gallery on the Green, Settle What is claimed to be the world's smallest gallery opens in a former BT telephone box on the green in Settle, North Yorkshire, on 11 July. The gallery will be opened by the Mayor of Settle, Councillor Barbara McLernon.



The decommissioned box was restored in a project led by local volunteers, with help from the local council. 'Contributions are welcomed from members of the public and must be no larger than a postcard,' said the gallery's curator Professor Roger Taylor… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2009 at 8:00 — No Comments

New jobs: Research Fellows at De Montfort University

Two new jobs at De Montfort University have been advertised. De Montfort University has a well established reputation for providing web access to primary research sources in the history of photography. You will help to shape and to realise our long term plan to establish us as a centre of excellence, by delivering this ambition in partnership with other organisations that share our zeal for the subject.



Research Fellow in Photographic History (0.2FTE). Part Time.… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2009 at 6:30 — No Comments

Forthcoming book: Points of View. Capturing the 19th century in photographs

British Library, London This publication will be available from November 2009 to coincide with the British Library's major autumn exhibition highlighting photography within the Library.The book, for the first time, brings together a selection of images from the Library's collections. It examines the history, diversity and influence of photography from its invention and early years up to the growth of a popular amateur market in the early twentieth century. Begining with the work of William Henry Fox Talbot… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

History of Photography teaching post

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Design: Photography History Specialist (1fte or 0.5fte) at Middlesex University.

Full details available here: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/staffjobs/docs/ARTS208.pdf

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 17, 2009 at 7:12 — No Comments

Nineteenth century source material

Although this blog is not intended as a buying/selling forum, BPH members might be interested to learn that a UK bookseller has the following books available. As most of you will be aware these volumes are very useful sources for the period:



British Journal Photographic Almanac - 1871, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1880 (all paper covers); plus 1892, 1894 (lack covers)

Year Book of Photography - 1880, 1882, 1886, 1889, 1890, 1891 (all paper covers)



The bookseller… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History

MA Photographic History and Practice De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its new MA in Photographic History and Practice. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International. To apply for the Wilson Fellowship, please submit a piece of recent writing on photographic history no longer than 10,000 words, in English, to the Admissions Committee. For applications to the MA,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 27, 2009 at 19:08 — No Comments

NMeM outline pros and cons of flickr publishing

NMeM Flickr site In a blog entry reporting on a conference dealing with the cultural sector’s use of social media, broadcasting and the web Tristan Roddis reports on a presentation by Peter Lawther, the Senior Online Marketing Executive at the National Media Museum in Bradford's. Roddis notes... Lawther outlined the opportunities and pitfalls of publishing photographs on the Flickr Commons. In brief, the upsides were a huge increase in reach and engagement (they even got a contribution… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2009 at 14:26 — No Comments

NMeM job: Exhibition Organiser

The National Media Museum, Bradford, is looking for an Exhibition Organiser. As an Exhibition Organiser you will manage the development of exhibitions, co-ordinate project teams and other stakeholders to ensure exhibitions are delivered on time, budget and to the highest standard. You will be involved in all aspects of exhibition preparation and delivery, you will co-ordinate all exhibition administration, co-ordinate the development of interpretation strategies and plan and oversee… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2009 at 8:03 — No Comments

NMeM Jobs: Content developers

National Media Museum, Bradford The National Media Museum, Bradford, is advertising for one full-time and one part-time context developer to undertake research to a given brief and to be assigned to a project for a defined period to support Exhibition Organisers, Curators or Web Developers. You will undertake picture research and rights clearance and liaise with outside institutions to obtain information. The salary is £18,900.00 per annum (pro rata for part-time).



The National Media Museum is an… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 18, 2009 at 18:43 — No Comments

V&A Photography Gallery re-hung

Part of the V&A photography gallery re-hang Last night Martin Barnes, senior curator of photography at the V&A, welcomed a range of guests at an informal drinks party in the newly re-opened photography gallery at the museum. Martin thanked supporters and those that had donated prints and money for their continuing interest and reminded those present that the Print Room also offered free access to the museum's photograph collection not on display.



The gallery has been split into two with the far section showcasing… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2009 at 23:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Bill Jay (1940-2009)

An influential figure in the study of photographic history during the late 1960s and 1970s Bill Jay died on 10 May 2009. Jay originally worked in Britain before moving to the United States in the mid-1970s. He was a regular writer on photographic history and was responsible for bringing to a wider audience a number of important early photographers including Sir Benjamin Stone, Frances Frith and Paul Martin.



Born in Maidenhead in 1940 Jay received a grammar school education and spent… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 14, 2009 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

BBC2 history of photography series sold to National Geographic

Broadcast Now reports that Outright Distribution has sold the critically acclaimed BBC2 documentary series Genius of Photography to National Geographic Channels International (NGCI). Produced by Wall to Wall Television, the series offered a comprehensive history of photography and was originally produced for BBC2 and BBC4. NGCI will air the 6 x 60-minute series in Asia,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 14, 2009 at 9:30 — No Comments

NMeM job: Web developer

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.



You’ll support museum activities by providing a range of audio-visual and broadcasting services. This includes producing educational multimedia content in a… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2009 at 7:19 — No Comments

Christie's London Photography department job

Christie's London is seeking a junior specialist/sale administrator for it's Photographs Department based at King Street. Te successful applicant will:



Handle all Estimate Requests, as well as Catalogue Production and Administration for 2 King St sales a year. Support HOD, Yuka Yamaji, on all aspects of the business and work closely with PA/Admin Support to maintain efficient day-to-day operation of Department.



Key Responsibilities/Tasks (Duties include but are not limited… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

New publication: A T W Penn, 1860s British photographer in South India

In November 2000 Christopher Penn discovered an old letter crumpled up behind the top drawer of his late father’s writing bureau. It led to the discovery of a family – his own – of which he had been unaware and knowledge of his great-grandfather Albert Thomas Watson Penn, who was one of the pioneering photographers of South India. A T W Penn left home in England before he was twelve and had started work as a photographer in the hill station of Ootacamund in the Nilgiri Hills by 1865,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

Open Eye Gallery gets funding for move

Open Eye Gallery, the north west’s only photography gallery, is preparing to move to brand new premises in the heart of Liverpool’s waterfront after receiving a £100,000 award through Arts Council England and the National Lottery.



The new premises on Mann Island will be constructed to allow Open Eye Gallery the opportunity to offer new gallery and education spaces, as well as giving the public access to the gallery’s extensive print collection. Open Eye Gallery is one of the UK’s… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

2009 And/Or Book Awards winners announced

Jude Law as the assassin/photographer in Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes 2002). In Photography and Cinema David Campany assembles a missing history in which photography and cinema have been each other’s muse and inspiration for over a century. From Photography and Cinema by David Campany (Reaktion Books). © Dream Works Susan Meiselas: In History, edited by Kristen Lubben, and Photography and Cinema by David Campany have won the 2009 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. Acclaimed British film director Terence Davies announced the winners during an awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank on Thursday 23 April. Each author received a £5,000 prize cheque from the Krazsna-Krausz Foundation, the charitable organisation… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 24, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

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