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Michael Wong's Blog – January 2011 Archive (30)

Website: Trans-Asia Photography Review



Photography was taken to Asia by Europeans and Americans soon after its invention in 1839. Records exist of photographs being made in India as early as 1840 and in China by 1842. Yet, until recently, there was little recognition of the photographers who have run businesses, pursued artistic goals, and recorded the unfolding of history in Asia since the mid-19th…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 31, 2011 at 22:47 — No Comments

Exhibition: Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War as well as to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the George Eastman House will be presenting a selection of historical photographs of Civil War sites and circumstances by photographers including George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner. The exhibition emphasizes rare items in the George…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 30, 2011 at 16:25 — No Comments

Book: Making Kodak Film, The Illustrated Story of State-of-the-Art Photographic Film Manufacturing

Well, the secret is out!

According to the author, Robert L. Shanebrook, who worked with Kodak for 35 years, this book describes the “secrets” of film manufacturing. Actually, it explains how Eastman Kodak makes film.

More than 200 complex chemical components are coated on to film base in up to 18 unique, precision layers which in total are half the thickness of…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 30, 2011 at 15:35 — No Comments

A 19th Century Portrait Studio

From last year's recreation of an entire room evocative of the ancestral home of Fox Talbot, early photography specialist dealer of 19th and early 20th century photographs from New York, Hans P. Kraus Jr,  will show a glimpse of how early photography revolutionized the…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 30, 2011 at 15:25 — 1 Comment

Koshashin: Early Japanese photography 1860-1899

KOSHASHIN, Japanese for period photographs, presents a rare opportunity to view one of the world’s largest collections of early Japanese photography. There are more than 230 works in this exhibition, on loan from the personal collection of Edmontonian Arlene Hall. This was a private treasure until its debut at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), which…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 29, 2011 at 15:03 — No Comments

Muybridge and the Science of Photography

Curated by Museums Sheffield in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, Sports Lab: The Science Behind the Medals explores the science behind Britain’s sporting champions and assesses how much success is due to natural talent, genetic advantages or technological innovation.

Featured in the exhibition are also the early motion capture photographs of…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 28, 2011 at 22:18 — No Comments

Fox Talbot Museum & Volunteering



Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum are holding open days with a view to attracting volunteers. The National Trust is opening up opportunities for people to find out what is involved in being a volunteer. Anybody with a little spare time is welcome to drop into their local property and see the wide range of opportunities on offer.

Whether interested in…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 28, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments

Archive: Chaplin at the Musee De L’Élysee

The Musée de l’Elysée is pleased to announce a major event: the arrival of the Chaplin Photographic Archive, a large collection consisting of approximately 10,000 photographs documenting the whole career of Charlie Chaplin.



“I am thrilled that the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne will take care of my father’s archive. My siblings and myself…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

Edge Appointed Professor of Photography

The University of Ulster reports today that Dr Sarah Edge of the Centre for Media Research in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at the Coleraine Campus has been appointed Professor of Photography and Cultural Studies.

Professor Edge’s appointment recognises her innovative work across a number of areas. She is an acknowledged pedagogic expert on the delivery of…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2011 at 16:03 — No Comments

Malta: The Richard Ellis Archive 1862-1924

Many collectors would love to lay their hands on what is probably Malta's most precious photography collection. One of the biggest archives on the island, the Richard Ellis glass plate negatives number about 40,000, dating from between 1862, when the Englishman landed in Malta, to his death in 1924.

After almost 150 years, the name of Richard Ellis is still synonymous…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 24, 2011 at 10:00 — 6 Comments

Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography: National Gallery of Canada

The fellowship is open to international competition. 



Open to art historians, curators, critics, independent researchers, conservators, conservation scientists and other professionals in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, who have a graduate degree or equivalent publication…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 23, 2011 at 13:18 — No Comments

Kinsey Institute exhibit alternative processes

What's the link, I hear you ask? The Institution founded back in the 1940s and 50s by Alfred Kinsey looking into the modern field of sexology, and which provoked much controversy even right into this present day and age. And good, old innocent photographic processes of the 19th century?

The Institute will be holding an exhibition entitled "As We See Them: Exotic…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 21, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

British Library Online: Early Photographically Illustrated Books

Just in case you have not come across this wonderful, free resource from The British Library, it's a great site for those lazy Sunday afternoon reads. For starters, there is a section on the development of photographically illustrated books which parallel the explosion in communications during the 19th century. In a period of unprecedented advances in science, exploration,…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 20, 2011 at 23:42 — 2 Comments

Book: British Army Film & Photographic Unit

At the beginning of the Second World War the Nazi hierarchy had, at an early stage, fully recognised the importance of controlling the depiction of military conflict in order to ensure the continued morale of their combat troops by providing a bridge between the soldiers and their families. Promoting the use of photographic record also allowed the Nazis to exercise control over… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on January 20, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

Irish Museum of Modern Art: Out of the Dark Room

The Irish Times reported today that IMMA has built its collection very successfully on the basis of loans, gifts and bequests, and an exciting initiative this year is inaugurated by an exhibition in July.

Out of the Dark Room features 140 photographs from the very fine David Kronn Collection in New York, which extends back to 19th century daguerreotypes right…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 20, 2011 at 22:27 — No Comments

Complete set of Fenton's Crimean War salt prints for £50 ....

Now, now. Don't get overly excited.

That was the price paid by a shrewd Helmut Gernsheim back in 1950 for the complete set of Crimean War photographs after tracking down a desendent of Roger Fenton in a Farnborough garage. After closing the deal, he loaded the prints into the trunk of his car and referred to the purchase as quite a haul!. Four years later, Gernsheim…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 18, 2011 at 19:14 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Photography - Harn Museum of Art, Florida

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, seeks a curator of photography. Photography is one of five focused collecting areas of the Harn, each of which is headed by a senior staff curator with a devoted permanent collection exhibition space. The museum currently houses a collection of over 1000 photographs ranging from…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

John Thomson exhibit returns to native Scotland

CHINA: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872 is an historic photographic exhibition including 150 images taken in China between 1868 and 1872. The exhibition includes a wide variety of images, themes and locations in China from Beijing to Fujian to Guangdong including landscapes, people, architecture, domestic and street scenes.  The show in Beijing is…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2011 at 14:58 — No Comments

Charity Auction: The Photographers’ Gallery

To coincide with its 40th anniversary, The Photographers' Gallery will stage a charity auction at Christie's South Kensington on Thursday 17 February 2011. Designed to raise the final portion of funds to transform its Ramillies Street Gallery, the event will…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 13, 2011 at 23:44 — 1 Comment

Bath in Camera 1849 to 1861 - The Lockey Photographs

As mentioned in an earlier BPH blog, the BRLSI is in the process of mounting an important new exhibition of the Rev Francis Lockey's work who was born in the late 19th century and died in 1869.  The Rev Lockey used the calotype photographic process, which had been…

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Added by Michael Wong on January 13, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

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