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Michael Wong's Blog – February 2011 Archive (32)

Congratulations! 125 years of Warrington Photographic Society

In 1886, some forty-seven years after Daguerre and Talbot announced their respective photographic processes, a group of enthusiasts met to form a Photographic Society with the aim of improving photography amongst it’s members. The Society was called The Warrington Amateur Photographic Society…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 28, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Surf's up, 1890 style

Forget about Blue Hawaii, Beach Boys or Big Wednesday. The surf's up for Dominic Winter as it auctions off the first ever picture of a surfer that has been found in a photo album dating back to 1890. The photo is of a Hawaiian beach boy photographed wearing a traditional loin cloth and shown standing in the shallows holding… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 28, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Perthshire in the 1850s ...

Just in case some BPH members are unaware, the Perth Museum & Art Gallery’s photographic collections contain examples of many photographic processes from the earliest daguerreotypes and calotypes, right through to the digital photography of today. 

One of the earliest photographs of Perth and Perthshire can be…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 26, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Wet Plates in Cold Climates: Alaska’s Oldest Photograph & Early Photography

With the increasing cold winters we seem to be experiencing each year in the UK, I thought the following lecture and exhibit might be of interest to fellow BPH members wishing to pursue this area of photography.

Jim Simard, Head of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections, and Ron Klein,…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 25, 2011 at 20:12 — No Comments

Great in Britain: British Photographic History for the Future

Great in Britain is a unique photographic archive of the British people at work. Photographers are invited to submit photographs that celebrate the understated pride and passion of the often unsung working heroes that form the bedrock of this great nation.…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 25, 2011 at 7:19 — 5 Comments

Exhibition: Eye Wonder: Photography From the Bank of America Collection

Eye Wonder: Photography From the Bank of America Collection is an ambitious collection of more than 100 works of contemporary photography by female artists from 1865 to 2004. Though Social Realist photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White are well-represented, more avant-garde examples get…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 24, 2011 at 20:56 — No Comments

Another Story: Written in Light - Pioneers from 1840

Moderna Museet’s collection of photography, ranging from 1840 to the present day, is one of the finest in Europe, featuring many of the most prominent names in photo history and comprising more than 100,000 photographs, including pictures produced with older methods – daguerreotypes, calotypes and albumin silver…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 24, 2011 at 12:56 — No Comments

Boulineau: Unknown 19th Century French Photographer discovered by Student

Vanessa Fleet was a student pursuing a master’s degree in museum studies at the University of Toronto. Last summer when completing her internship at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she discovered that a series of 1,702 photographs auctioned at Christie's in 1997 and acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in 2005…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 24, 2011 at 7:37 — No Comments

Muybridge: I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so .....

Animation artist Koji Yamamura ("Mt. Head" and "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor") has completed his long-awaited animated short, "Muybridge's Strings," in a coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and others.

Yamamura took seven years to finish the 12-minute short, slated for release this…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 23, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

Whose monocle is this? Clue: it was found at Lacock

Lying almost undisturbed since 1877 and gathering dust in a pile of boxes and files, a monocle was recently found in Lacock Abbey. Now in pride of place at the museum it was shown to a group of photographers who gathered in Lacock for a special dinner to mark the annual Talbot Day…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 22, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Hidden gems in Prague .......

The National Technical museum at Letna Park in Prague, which is one of the oldest in Europe, reopens to the public after a four-year reconstruction. It is a collection of the Museum of Technology and the Military History Institute in Prague, through which visitors can explore more than 40 weapons and vehicles, the…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 22, 2011 at 10:55 — No Comments

Book: Exiled The Port Arthur Convict Photographs (Edwin Barnard)

The Port Arthur convict photographs are a truly remarkable survival from Australia's colonial past. Taken shortly before the infamous Tsmanian penal settlement closed for good, these images record the faces of men sent to Australia on convict ships between the 1820s and the 1850s,…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 22, 2011 at 9:46 — No Comments

Job: Curator, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

With the announcement in 2008 of the creation of the Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research Centre (RGRC), Ryerson University took its place amongst the top international centres for photography and related disciplines. The Gallery is home to the world-renowned Black Star Historical Black & White…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 21, 2011 at 21:12 — No Comments

Job: Collections Manager (Projects), National Media Museum



Collections Manager (Projects)

Bradford and York

£20,717 p.a.

Fixed term until October 2011

 

NMSI is undertaking a major review and relocation of its reserve collections currently stored at the National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford and the National Railway Museum (NRM) in…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 21, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

iMuseum: Home of Manx Memories

iMuseum is Isle of Man's new digital museum which provides unprecedented access to the Manx National Heritage collections. This exciting new facility brings together a selection of archives into one digital resource. This includes over 150 years of newsprint, advertisements, announcements, news reports,…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 20, 2011 at 7:18 — No Comments

Antiques Roadshow & Early Photography

I've been duly informed that for the Hampton Court episode, Fiona Bruce and her team will be showing treasures from the public which include a record of early photography!

The programme will be screened on BBC1 this Sunday (20th Feb) at 8:00pm, or you can catch it on…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 19, 2011 at 12:07 — No Comments

Talbot: Happy 210th birthday!

Last Friday night (11th Feb), a group of photographers gathered together to celebrate the anniversary of William Henry Fox Talbot's birthday (210th!), in the Barn Restaurant at the George Inn Lacock which was the carpenters shop where his first camera was…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 19, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Stereoscopic: Lincoln in 3D

Stereographic photography was all the rage during the 19th century. Its transportive quality was enjoyed in parlors across the country, its immersive imagery replicating life both mundane and fantastic. It was, in its way, an inexpensive way to “see the world” in realistic depth and dimension. Stereo…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 19, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Job: Education and Outreach Officer (Scott Polar Research Institute)

The Polar Museum recently reopened after a £1.75 million renovation of its galleries and facilities to maximise access to its historical and scientific collections.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic learning professional to develop new and exciting education and outreach programmes. The successful…

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Added by Michael Wong on February 18, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Job: Youth Engagement Officer (National Media Museum)

Youth Engagement Officer. The National Media Museum is an innovative celebration of modern media and communication technologies. We are constantly exploring ways to engage and attract young people through new exhibitions and as Youth Engagement Officer, you will work with a group of young people to develop content for a… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 18, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

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