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V&A Exhibition: Gothic Architecture and 19th-Century Photography

Westminster, with The Henry VII Chapel and Clock Tower of The Houses of Parliament, Stephen Ayling, about 1869 Drawing on the V&A's rich holdings of 19th-century photographs, this new display examines the relationship that developed between photography and architectural practice in the 19th century and explores how photography facilitated the re-discovery of an idealised past. The display also addresses the role played by photography in the recording of buildings before demolition and its use as a tool for preserving the national architectural heritage.



The display features a… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 10, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

NMeM revamps foyer

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports that improvements costing nearly £400,000 to Bradford’s National Media Museum’s foyer should be completed next month. The upgrade includes a new electronic information board, a new box office, a shop and a computer games lounge.



Colin Philpott, director of the museum, said: “We are creating a more effective flow of people. The first thing the majority of new visitors ask is where the toilets are. The new welcome board, as we’re… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 9, 2010 at 11:12 — No Comments

NMeM Bradford: Frederick Evans Exhibition in 2010

After showing at the Getty in Los Angeles from 2 February-6 June 6 2010A Record of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans will be on view at the National Media Museum in Bradford, from 24 September 2010–20 February 2011. The exhibition explores the artist’s images of medieval cathedrals in England and France, rarely seen landscapes of the English countryside, and intimate portraits of Evans’s family and friends.



Through a deep understanding of his subject and a… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 27, 2009 at 18:48 — No Comments

OWL Stereoscope available

The finest Stereoscope to appear in the last 120 years is the claim made for the British-made and designed Owl stereoscope. It was originally produced to accompany Brian May and Elena Vidal's book on the 1850s photographer T. R. Williams A Village Lost and Found. The Owl is now available to purchase separately and in a range of colours. It works well with traditional stereoscards.



Click here to see and read more and purchase:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 20, 2009 at 6:30 — No Comments

Margaret Watkins - The Forgotten Woman

For those fortunate enough to be in Glasgow before 15th January there is a chance for a rare treat - an opportunity to see the photographs of Margaret Watkins. Born in Canada in the late 19th century Watkins was successful both commercially and artistically as well as being highly regarded by her fellow photographers in New York during the Stieglitz/Steichen era. As the images on view show she was not only a fine portraitist but had a fine eye for still life compositions, many of which pre-date… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2009 at 5:09 — No Comments

Facing Asia conference 2010: call for papers

This is an international two day conference on early photographers and their studio practices in Asia, and cross-cultural exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to explore the photographic portrait in the first hundred years of the medium in Asia. It intends to promote inter-regional comparative analyses between scholars working in diverse cultural and national contexts. The symposium will not only analyse photographic representations of Asian peoples for the global market, but also… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2009 at 8:15 — No Comments

Job: National Media Museum Development Manager

The National Media Museum in Bradford is committed to raising the national profile and enhancing public perceptions of West Yorkshire as a cultural destination and is seeking a Development Manager to support this,



The National Media Museum, part of the NMSI Museums Group, exists to promote an understanding and appreciation of photography, film, television, radio and the web. The Museum is looking for a skilled Development Manager to lead its fundraising function. The successful… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2009 at 6:52 — No Comments

Unique local photographic archive preserved

Campden & District Historical and Archæological Society has been award an Awards for All grant to bring to life the photographs of Jesse Taylor, the photographer in Chipping Campden from 1896 to 1938. Working in partnership with Gloucestershire Archives, CADHAS is conserving and scanning 1500, mainly half-plate, glass plates depicting of all aspects of life in the town and surrounding villages.



Jesse Taylor was a typical high street photographer taking photographs of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

RPS Historical Group brochure

A resurgent RPS Historical Group has launched a new brochure outlining the remit of the Group and highlighting its activities and aims, as well as emphasising its close links with the RPS Collection now located at the National Media Museum in Bradford. A pdf version of the brochure can be downloaded by clicking here, and there is more on the Group at:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2009 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

Points of View - Reviewed

Francis Hodgson in the Financial Times provides an insightful review of the British Library's Points of View exhibition: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/304a037c-c89e-11de-8f9d-00144feabdc0.html

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 3, 2009 at 20:46 — No Comments

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography: Workshop 2010

William Henry Fox Talbot is usually remembered as a photographic inventor and influential early voice on photographic aesthetics, but like many of his contemporaries Talbot’s interests covered a wide range of intellectual endeavours. This two-day interdisciplinary workshop will bring together historians of science, art historians, and practitioners of the many scholarly fields to which Talbot contributed. Featuring new research based on Talbot's manuscript collection, recently made available at… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2009 at 16:35 — No Comments

National Media Museum - new signage

London design consultancy Carter Wong has been appointed to design an integrated signage system for the National Media Museum in Bradford, having come through a two-month tender process, put out by museum group NMSI. The NMSI invited the group to tender in August following work it carried out for an orientation map at the Science Museum.



Ten groups applied to the tender and five were shortlisted, according to Carter Wong creative director Phil Carter, who said, ‘A new signage… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

Points of View - Opens

The British Library formally opened it's landmark photography exhibition Points of View last night at a well-attended private view. The exhibiton marks the librarys first ever photographic exhibition. It opens to the public from 9.30am this morning.



At a risk of running out of superlatives Points of View is quite simply the best exhibition that the library has ever put on. It is a large show, but never feels unapproachable. It is well designed and laid out and… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2009 at 8:00 — 2 Comments

Lecture series: Pepper's Ghost II

Further to an earlier posting reporting a series of lectures on early projection and the magic lantern (click here) full details of the programme have been published. The programme can be downloaded by clicking here:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2009 at 8:25 — No Comments

Book launched: A Village Lost and Found

Brian May and Elena Vidal / A Village Lost and Found At the international launch yesterday, Brian May and Elena Vidal presented their book A Village Lost and Found, which brings together the complete annotated collection of the original 1850s stereoscopic photograph series Scenes in Our Village by T. R. Williams. A full report and review of the book will appear here shortly. The launch was held at Hinton Waldrist, the village where T. R. Williams originally made the series of photographs.



For the young Brian… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Workshop series: Wedgwood to Bromoil

Terry King writes...As people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the ability of digital photography to meet their creative needs, there is a corresponding revival of interest in the craftsmanship and the aesthetic of the hands-on or alternative photography included my Wedgwood to Bromoil course of workshops. Examples of processes included in the workshop can be found on www.hands-on-pictures.com.The course gives everyone hands-on practical experience.



The excitement of the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2009 at 3:04 — No Comments

The magic lantern, optical projection and early film - lecture series

The Magic Lantern Society & The University of Westminster will present a second series of six evenings of optical magic at the old Polytechnic, fortnightly from Thursday 12 November – Thursday 10 December 2009, and from Thursday 28 January – Thursday 25th February 2010, at The Old Cinema, University of Westminster 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.



The Programme



Thursday 12 November @ 7pm

Phantasmagoria-mania

‘Professor’ Mervyn Heard

An… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

Frank Hurley, The Endurance in the garb of winter, 1915. © Royal Collection 2 October 2009 – 11 April 2010, The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s extraordinary images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole. Hurley’s dramatic icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2009 at 20:37 — No Comments

2010 And/or Book Awards: Call for Entries

The And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image (including film, television and new media), are inviting publishers to submit titles for the 2010 awards. With prize money of £10,000 divided between the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book published in 2009, the And/or Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing.



Established in 1985 by Andor… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2009 at 20:00 — No Comments

Midley history of early photography due to close early 2010

R. Derek Wood published a series of important and carefully researched papers between 1970 and 2008 on early photographic history. His interests lay mainly in the early pioneers of photography, with a focus on dioramas and early experiments between 1830 and 1850 including William Henry Fox Talbot and Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre and topics such as patents. His website http://www.midley.co.uk/ collated these papers and made them available,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments

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