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Michael Wong's Blog – June 2010 Archive (14)

London Lives: An online archive into 18th century Britain

I'm not sure if this recently published archive is useful to those photo historians wishing to trace the ancestry of some early photographers, as it focuses on those at the bottom rung of London society between 1690 to 1800! But I thought I'd post it, just in case.…

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Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

A rare find of an original 1839 daguerreotype

Picture the scenario:

Museum: Curator, back room, dark corner, faded shoebox.

Inside shoebox: paper-wrapped, gold-framed daguerreotype depicting Paris's Pont Neuf spanning the River Seine.

Back of frame: Handwritten with the date '1839' - the dawn of photography.…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments

Top price for Lincoln carte de visite

Continuing with the carte de visite theme, but American, though, the highest-selling item in a recent auction of Lincoln family ephemera this month was an autographed Abraham Lincoln carte de visite which easily surpassed its US$10/20,000 estimate by selling for US$38,775.



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Added by Michael Wong on June 26, 2010 at 19:17 — No Comments

Victorian artwork takes pride of place at Kingston’s new riverfront development

As part of a revamp of the original Bishop’s Palace House situated next to the listed Kingston Bridge at Kingston upon Thames, the developers have used a facade screen which shows work by Eadweard Muybridge.

Let's hope this will set… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 25, 2010 at 22:01 — No Comments

Authenticity of early Muybridge's photos questioned

In a walk-through of the current landmark exhibition "Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change" in Washington (coming to Tate Britain this September), Getty Museum's distinguished former curator of photographs, Weston Naef, noted some startling observations to lead him to conclude that some early Muybridge photos may not be taken by him.



Instead, Naef suggested they were done by others, whilst Muybridge merely published them.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 24, 2010 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

NMeM Job: Duty Manager

Job Description:

Duty Manager, Bradford: Full-time position

£19,000 per annum, increasing to £20,000 on successful completion of probationary period




The National Media Museum’s eight galleries and three cinemas attract over 700,000 visitors every
year. You’ll lead the…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 22:09 — No Comments

Michael Faraday's notes at auction

As a chemist, Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was also interested in the new art of photography and

corresponded with scientists on the subject. He was photographed an extraordinary number of times. The photographs of Faraday held in the Institute of Engineering and Technology Archives include a very early example of a calotype (an early photographic process where the image is produced on paper… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

Frantic bidding for Fenton's photographs at local auction

Auctioneers in the Cotswold were stunned when photography specialists from the USA and Europe bid against each other via telephone pushing the price of five rare Fenton photographs up to £100,000, over five times their combined estimated value.



Dominic Winter auctioneer, Chris Albury, said "I had no idea that these photographs were so rare when I first saw them but it seems likely that there are no more than a handful of each. It was only… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Photographs from 19th Century Japan and China: Masterpieces from the Photographic Collection

Sorry ! I know it's not totally appropriate (and I'm slightly bias here for being Oriental !) but this new exhibition does feature images by British pioneers like Felice Beato (half-Italian?) and John Thomson. So, please bear with me.



Following the presentation of outstanding works from the history of 20th century photography, Museum Ludwig is now highlighting a new section of its extensive photographic holdings. Beginning 11 June, a…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 18, 2010 at 9:52 — No Comments

Sunderland’s Antiquarians Society unearths historic Tyneside photos

Whilst sorting through archive material to use for a website, Bill Hawkins, history enthusiast and member of the Sunderland’s Antiquarians Society, discovered boxes of glass plate negatives that were dust covered and laid undisturbed for six decades.



Mr Hawkins, 55, of Sunderland, found around 30 photographs dating back more than 100 years, including images taken of Tynemouth pier and of the High Level Bridge spanning the River Tyne. This treasure trove of…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 15, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Lewis Carroll's favourite model sold for £24,000

Three photographs of Alexandra Rhoda "Xie" Kitchin, one of author Lewis Carroll's favourite models, were auctioned off at Bonhams collectible books sale last week (8th June) for £24,000. They were each on a cabinet card with Carroll's negative number, grading letter as well as a caption in the photographer's hand.



Carroll, a keen photographer, considered these to be among his best work, and showed Alexandra in Danish and Oriental costumes. Kitchin's father was the Dean of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 15, 2010 at 9:54 — No Comments

On-line Auction including rare British cameras

Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. ( - 2008) was a science teacher at The Collegiate School, a boys’ school in New York City, from 1954 to 1995, where he also taught photography. He began collecting cameras in 1960, started researching information on cameras and camera history in 1964, and began writing about them and their history in 1968.



Eaton has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections ofbox-form, magazine and…
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Added by Michael Wong on June 9, 2010 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

George Washington Wilson : Destination St. Kilda

George Washington Wilson (1823-93), was a pioneering Scottish photographer born in the North East of Scotland. He went to Edinburgh and then London in the 1840s to train as a portrait miniaturist. He became established in Aberdeen in the 1850s as an ‘artist and photographer’, and quickly made a name for himself as one of Scotland's premier photographers among the middle classes and landed gentry. He soon moved into landscape photography and, thanks to the proximity of Balmoral,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 4, 2010 at 13:04 — 2 Comments

HistoryPin : World’s largest user-generated archive of historic images ?

Whether you love or loath Google's Streetview, the internet search engine giant has teamed up with We Are What We Do to launch a 'historical photography' website which allows consumers to "pin" old pictures of towns and cities on contemporary photographs. The site, entitled Historypin, lets users share their archive photos by loading them up to a specific location on Google Maps or image on Google's… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 4, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

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