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Michael Wong's Blog – November 2011 Archive (12)

2012 Summer Internships (NGA, Canada)

Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 17, 2011 at 23:58 — No Comments

Book: Beato's Delhi: 1857 and Beyond

Beato’s Delhi offers a pictorial history of Delhi, brought vividly to life through the visual virtuosity of Felice A. Beato, the famous nineteenth-century photographer who came to India to record the last embers of the 1857 ‘Mutiny’, and Jim Masselos who, in 1997, retraced Beato’s footsteps and photographed the same sites as far as possible.

By the time Beato reached…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 17, 2011 at 23:44 — 4 Comments

Google doodles Daguerre

To pay tribute to Daguerre's 224th birth anniversary today (18th November 1787), the search giant Google celebrates the inventor of the world's first commercially successful photographic process with another patented Google Doodle.

The Doodle depicted what appeared to be a photograph of a family, with five of the letters in "Google" replacing the heads, and the "l"…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 17, 2011 at 23:42 — No Comments

Opening: İstanbul Photography Museum

Situated at the Kadırga Cultural Center, this new 1,000-square-meter museum space will feature five photo galleries, a workshop space, a library and considerable archive space. Opening on 20th November, the museum will be Turkey’s first museum dedicated in its entirety to photography, and the hope is that it can considerably support the development of photography in Turkey…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 16, 2011 at 22:22 — No Comments

Book: Speculating Daguerre

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre (1787–1851) was a true nineteenth-century visionary—a painter, printmaker, set designer, entrepreneur, inventor, and pioneer of photography. Though he was widely celebrated beyond his own lifetime for his invention of the daguerreotype, it was his origins as a theatrical designer and purveyor of visual entertainment that paved the way for…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 16, 2011 at 22:22 — No Comments

Job: Documentation Officer, National Media Museum (London-based)

Ray Harryhausen collection. A position is available to undertake cataloguing a large collection of artefacts relating to the career of a film special effects animator. This includes paintings and drawings, documents, photographs, animation models and moulds, and equipment. You will also prepare the artefacts for transportation.

Though liaising closely…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 16, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments

Archive: Armistice Day 11.11.11

To mark Amistice Day today, the Imperial War Museum has uploaded made than 100 previously unseen portraits of those who served in the First World War publically for the first time on Flickr Commons. Taken from the Museum’s ‘Bond of Sacrifice’ which is an archive of photographs collected by the IWM between 1917 and 1920, all of the photos tell a story. The men shown in them…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 11, 2011 at 9:32 — No Comments

Auction: Linnaeus Tripe

Sotheby’s in London will be auctioning off some of the earliest photographs ever taken in India, which have been out of public view for more than a century. The collection, part of the library of James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie, who was the seventh governor-general of India, consists of more than 220 images from India and Burma, taken…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 10, 2011 at 21:47 — No Comments

Photo Archive: Visualising China

In case any BPH members have not come across this yet, one of the largest online collections of historical photographs of China was launched at the University of Bristol over the summer. The Visualising China project, a unique virtual archive of Chinese life, gives users the opportunity to explore and interact with more than 8,000 digitised photographs of China taken between…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 10, 2011 at 11:42 — 1 Comment

Job: Curator (Photographs), Museum of London

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to join the team of curators working in our History Collections Department.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the photography collections including cataloguing, answering enquiries, processing acquisitions and loan requests, as well as organising visits to the…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 5, 2011 at 11:23 — No Comments

Book: Ipswich: the Changing Face of the Town

More than 300 evocative pictures of the past are in a new book by David Kindred called Ipswich: the Changing Face of the Town, which is being published this week. The oldest photographs date from the 1880s.

Other early pictures include high-quality images taken by Harry Walters, who worked in the town from the 1890s to 1926. Most of his photographs chronicle…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 1, 2011 at 22:14 — No Comments

Written in Light (1840–1930)

As mentioned in an earlier blog, details are now available of the third instalment of "Another Story: Photography from the Moderna Museet Collection" which has the subtitle Written in Light. It delineates the infancy of photography, from the moment when the…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 1, 2011 at 22:13 — No Comments

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