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January 2011 Blog Posts (41)

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Jobs: Cataloguers Royal Photograph Collection (UPDATED)

The Royal Collection has two cataloguing vacancies available both of which involve working with photographs held in the Collection.

  • Cataloguer Twentieth Century Photographs.
  • Based in the Royal Photograph Collection the role will entail working under the direction of the curator on cataloguing the remaining material in the collection, which is primarily 20th century. This ranges from official works by leading British…

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Richard Ellis Birthday today- 27 Jan 1842

Richard was born to James and Sarah Harriet ELLIS in their home at 2 Pounds Passage , Johns Row, City Road, ST Luke , London UK.

His father James was a Shoemaker and his mother was Sarah Harriet nee Jardine of Scots and French Heugenot background.She registered him 2 Feb 1842.


Richard was 1 of 13 known children of his parents- all except 1 reached adulthood , so his parents must have been good at their job !


My GGGrandfather was one of his older…


Added by yvonne marshall on January 26, 2011 at 21:34 — 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…


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…


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

Job: Explainer - National Media Museum

The National Media Museum is one of the leading museums in the north of England, receiving over 500,000 visitors a year and we want you to contribute to our ongoing success.

We are looking for extrovert, engaging and entertaining communicators to fill these stimulating roles. With your excellent presentation and performance skills and your keen interest in media, you will help bring the galleries to life for our diverse range of visitors. As part of the Explainer team in the Learning…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 24, 2011 at 11:00 — 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…


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…


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

Early daguerreotype studios

I am interested in the Beard licensed studio that was set up in Cheltenham in 1841 by John Palmer. What most interests me is the quality of any known images either held privately or known to be in public hands such as museums etc. There are three family daguerreotypes that are believed to have been taken by Palmer in 1841 and com-parison with any known examples would be interesting. Thanks

Added by Richard Morris on January 21, 2011 at 10:09 — 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…


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,…


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…


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…


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

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