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January 2012 Blog Posts (36)

Francis Frith showcased on BBC Television in March

BBC Two Daytime has commissioned Reef Television to produce Britain's First Photo Album, a 10x30-minute series on the extraordinary achievement of Francis Frith, the pioneer Victorian photographer who embarked upon a colossal project to photograph as much of the United Kingdom as possible during the second half of the 19th century. The series…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2012 at 8:00 — 2 Comments

Photographers' Gallery to re-open 19 May 2012

Designed by award-winning Irish architects O'Donnnell + Tuomey, the building features three dedicated floors of gallery spaces. By doubling the exhibition area we will be able to showcase established and high-profile artists alongside emerging photographic talent from around the world.

Situated at the heart of the building is the education floor, which will host a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2012 at 21:21 — No Comments

NMeM Insight re-opens

As many researchers and museum visitors will be aware the National Media Museum's Insight research centre has been closed while the Collections were reorganised. Insight has just re-opened. Brian Liddy, Curator of Collections Access, explains what has happened - and why it needed to happen...

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

The Search for Eugenia Fynch - the story of Norfolk's unknown Victorian photographers

'The Search for Eugenia Fynch - the story of Norfolk's unknown Victorian photographers' is the first book produced by the Acle Community Archive Group (ACAG) with the support of the Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service. It was published on 8th September 2011. 

The book recounts the forgotten story of a family of Victorian photographers and in…


Added by Jayne Greenacre on January 27, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments


No, not your next Terminator sci-fi sequel from Schwarzenegger, but New York Public Library's own take on its collection of 19th century stereograms. The term comes from the combination of "stereogram plus animate".

Through this website, NYPL provides access to a wide selection of its archive…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2012 at 21:23 — 2 Comments

Scott prints for sale for the First time in a Century

Last on public view in 1913, this is the largest collection of Ponting’s original carbon prints assembled for nearly a century!

The Atlas Gallery, Marylebone, will unveil a major collection of rare vintage photographs – the original prints taken from the negatives in 1913 - by 
Herbert G. Ponting, the official expedition photographer of the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2012 at 23:16 — 2 Comments

Copyright - Seeing Double: You have been warned ...

case, heard at the Patents County Court in London on 12 January, could have serious implications for photographers, according to photographic copyright expert Charles Swan, a lawyer at Swan Turton, who said: 'His honour Judge Birss QC decided that a photograph of a red London bus…


Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2012 at 22:57 — No Comments

Museum excited by 'walking' photographs

The Star newspaper reports on Simon Robinson's collection of photographs taken by street photographers which is 'exciting' officials at the National Media Museum which is organising an exhibition on them in 2012. A book is also being published.

Simon Robinson had been collecting old photos for more than three decades when, two years ago, his sister noticed…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2012 at 19:37 — No Comments

Spotlight: Bensusan Museum of Photography

If you happen to be in Jo'burg this summer, do try and pop into this unique museum located on the top floor of Museum Africa along Bree Street, Newtown. Established in 1968, the collection includes more than 400 antique cameras, 5,000 photographs and 2,000 photographic books, dating back to 1860 - all of these were part of a 30-year collection donated to the museum…


Added by Michael Wong on January 24, 2012 at 19:09 — No Comments

Symposium: Photography & Its Origins

How do we tell the story of photography’s beginnings? Who invented the medium? When and where was the first photograph made? What shaped the earliest ideas about and conventions of photography? Why do we ask such questions?

Friday, April 27, 2012


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Teleconference Lecture Hall, Alexander…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on January 23, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

Tea with the Queen? No, make that a bowl of Weetabix with some stereocards, Ma'am .....

If you want to know what the connection is, then have a read of this interview with Brian May, whose exhibition is currently on at the Royal West of England…


Added by Michael Wong on January 23, 2012 at 16:03 — No Comments

NMeM + RPS + Bath = Still Life Photography

Organised in partnership with the National Media Museum and featuring photographs from the Collection of The Royal Photographic Society, this new exhibition to be held at the Holburne Museum in Bath surveys the many ways in which photographers have explored still life.

Entitled Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition,…


Added by Michael Wong on January 22, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

NMeM appoints agency to help launch new Life Online Gallery

Brass, a Leeds-based marketing agency, has been appointed by the National Media Museum to help it launch and attract visitors to the museum new gallery called Life Online which will open in March 2012..

Life Online will be the world's first gallery to explore the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet and web. It will trace the history of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

MediaSpace preparatory work to start

The National Media Museum's London presence, MediaSpace, at the Science Museum moves a step closer. A contract has been issued for preparatory works at the Science Museum:

  • Enabling works contract - located at Science Museum London.
  • Reconfiguration of 4 existing galleries on 2nd floor of Museum.
  • Erecting hoardings.
  • Demolition of existing walls and removal of existing steel mezzanine structure.
  • Removal of existing false ceiling.
  • Strip…

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

Post-Graduate Fellowship in Conservation of Photographs

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is pleased to offer a two-year advanced training fellowship in the conservation of photographic materials beginning in the fall of 2012. Under the supervision of the Conservator of Photographs, the Fellow will participate in all departmental activities including examination, documentation, analysis, and treatment on the Carter’s…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 18:49 — No Comments

Marion Fergie (1869-1961)

In case any BPH readers are researching on this late Victorian and Edwardian postmistress/assistant chemist, but who enjoyed photography as a hobby in her spare time, the West Derby Society has a collection of 156 of her original glass plates which gives a strong female slant on life in northern England more than a century ago. She focused mainly on fashions, children and…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 13:38 — 1 Comment

Job: Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona seeks an experienced, creative, and effective leader for its internationally renowned acquisition and exhibition programs. The Center is the world's largest archive repository and research center for the study and appreciation of modern American photography that reaches an international audience through…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 11:17 — No Comments

Photo Library Acquisition: Captain Scott and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Further to this earlier blog, this remarkable collection of 109 Antarctic photographs as seen through the eyes of Captain Scott as he documented the first part of his epic journey to the South Pole will now be saved for the nation by the Scott Polar Institute thanks to the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 10:58 — No Comments

RCA: History of Photography & Film

The Royal College of Art will be holding a number of special events throughout this year to celebrate its dodransbicentennial (that's 175th years to people like me who needed to check wikipedia!). This will include exhibitions, alumni events in the USA and UK, and the publication of a history of the RCA written by…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 10:41 — No Comments

Job: Corporate Information & Enquiries Officer: NMeM

Purpose of the Job

Delivers day to day records and enquiries management duties including:

•efficient processing of enquiries;

•facilitation of retention of corporate information held in paper and electronic records current and closed;

• facilitation of compliance with regulatory and legal requirements and information rights legislation across NMSI; and

•provision of advice and easy and appropriate access to information for internal and external…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2012 at 17:38 — No Comments

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