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March 2011 Blog Posts (36)

NMeM seeks media buyer

The National Media Museum is to seek a new media planning and buying agency.

Working for both NMeM and the National Railway Museum a tender will be held to appoint a media agency with five applicants at least being offered the opportunity to go through to the next tender stage for the contract to work with the two museums. Both museums are based in Yorkshire, with The National Railway Museum located near York and The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 31, 2011 at 21:38 — No Comments

Arts Council Cuts: Winners & Losers

The hatchet has finally come down, and the full extend of the government's austerity measures on the Arts Council and photographic galleries/organisations have been laid bare for all to see. A quick glance reveals the following:

Photography galleries and organisations that will receive increased funding from ACE: Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool): +15.4%;…


Added by Michael Wong on March 31, 2011 at 10:09 — No Comments

Desperately Seeking the Past .....

The Hampstead Photographic Society (HPS) will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year (est 1937). The HPS has been busy researching the society’s history, especially in the society’s early years, as much of their own documentation was mislaid back in the 1980s.

Writing in last week's Camden Journal, the Chairman, David Reed, would love to trace…


Added by Michael Wong on March 30, 2011 at 21:53 — No Comments

It's a kind of magic .....

Well, if you call stereoscopic photography magic, that is! You've listened to his music, got the T-shirt, the CDs/DVDs.

You then got his book and the owl stereoscopic viewer.

Now, get ready for Brian May's foray into his other interest - astrophysics…


Added by Michael Wong on March 29, 2011 at 23:03 — No Comments

Photo historian/curator turns Photographer

Probably best known for his writing on photography and photographic history - he co-wrote with Martin Parr two volumes of The Photobook: A History which 

won the 2006 book award for photography from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation - Gerry Badger's photography skills are now on display in a solo exhibition. The images are unframed A4 portrait style taken from three…


Added by Michael Wong on March 28, 2011 at 21:42 — No Comments

Auction: Davidson's Welsh Portfolio

Bruce Davidson is an American photographer behind some of the most poignant images of the South Wales coalfields committed to film. A portfolio of 10 photographs by Davidson, each signed in pencil, and with the portfolio stamp will now be auctioned off at Sotheby's New York…


Added by Michael Wong on March 27, 2011 at 21:15 — No Comments

Vienna auction farce

The conduct of yesterday's (March 25th) photograph auction at Dorotheum in Vienna left a sour taste in the mouths of many buyers - mine included, where purchasers of most of the 19th century section found their winning bids cancelled.

The auction house had received a large consignment of 19th century prints from a geographical association and had divided it into 55 lots. The majority of lots sold, many at or above estimate.

I bought several lots and left the room. When I went…


Added by James Kerr on March 26, 2011 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Indian Summer starts early in Horsham

Held in a cold dark room, the exact opposite of the warm balmy glow that an Indian Summer conjures up, are a remarkable set of Victorian photographs collected by a Victorian businessman from Horsham. These incredibly delicate photographs, whose survival has occurred only because so few people have seen them, have been digitally copied and are now on display in Horsham…


Added by Michael Wong on March 25, 2011 at 13:50 — No Comments

Exhibition: History Drawn With Light

The Massachusetts Historical Society was founded in 1791, and wasted no time in acquainting itself with photography. When Daguerre invented the daguerreotype in 1839, the Society held a demonstration of the process at it's quarters, then on Tremont Street the following year. A few months later, the society acquired its first photograph - it showed the oldest building in… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 25, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Vintage Oxford views by Henry Taunt (1842-1922) on display

The Oxford Mail reports of an exhibition of rare original prints of images taken in Oxford by Victorian photographer Henry Taunt. More than 130 pictures from the 1850s to 1900s by Taunt and other early photographers are on show at…


Added by Michael Wong on March 24, 2011 at 7:20 — No Comments

Louis Vuitton does 19th century wet-plate photography

Who says luxury leather goods and vintage photography do not go together? The high-end French leather & fashion goods manufacturer has recently launched their new campaign entitled Double Exposure. As can be viewed in the video  below, photographer Tom Craig  uses the 19th century ‘wet plate’ photographic process to capture a…


Added by Michael Wong on March 24, 2011 at 7:19 — No Comments

Book: The Alice Behind Wonderland

On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London.

The author,  Simon Winchester, deftly uses the resulting image--as unsettling as it is…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2011 at 22:07 — No Comments

Lawrence Collection, 1870-1910: The Luck of the Irish

In recognition of St. Patrick's Day,,  the world's largest online family history resource, today launched The Irish Collection -- the definitive 19th century collection of…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2011 at 21:57 — No Comments

National Media Museum: Artist Commissions - Open Call

The National Media Museum in Bradford has announced a £30,000 commission for the creation of two new-media artworks to be included in a major exhibition as part of Yorkshire’s regional cultural programme for London 2012.

In the Blink of an Eye, which opens in March 2012, will explore themes surrounding the capture…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2011 at 21:47 — No Comments

Daguerreotype or Ambrotype images on Ebay

Following on from the posting discussion the so-called Dodgson daguerreotype, I would like to discuss a present day problem which exists with internet sales of images. How often have we seen Daguerreotypes mislabeled as Ambrotypes (yet never in my experience the other way around)? This is sometimes the innocent mistake by a general seller who would not easily distinguish between the two, but have heard the name Daguerreotype used on similar items. This kind of seller will be most happy to…


Added by Nino Francesco Manci on March 22, 2011 at 1:30 — 1 Comment

EXCLUSIVE: National Media Museum 2011-12 plans and future strategy revealed

BPH can reveal the strategic priorities and medium term plans for the National Media Museum (NMeM), Bradford. These are set within the context of a 15 per cent government grant-in-aid reduction for the period 2011–12 to 2014–15. This is alongside a capital allocation that has reduced by over…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2011 at 12:47 — No Comments

PhD Research Bursary: The Nature of Kodak Research

De Montfort University, Leicester, is offering a  PhD research studentship within the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC), an international leading multi-disciplinary research institute, to suitably qualified UK or EU students.

The researcher will investigate an aspect of his or her own choosing that will address ‘The Nature of Kodak Research’. The researcher will have access to our partner institutions with substantial Kodak holdings: the British Library, the University of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments

Calotype group on Flickr

A small group on Flickr has been formed dedicated to the calotype and its variant processes. It is intended both for modern day calotypists as well as for those with an interest in the calotype as an historic process.

Click here to visit and sign up:…


Added by Richard Cynan Jones on March 18, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments

Training: Preserving historic photographs - 20 May 2011

Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges. This one day training session is led by Susie Clark, accredited photographic conservator. It is aimed at those with responsibility for the care of photographic collections regardless of institutional context.

The day provides an introduction to understanding and identifying…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 17, 2011 at 20:50 — No Comments

Henry Sutton Exhibition Ballarat Victoria Australia 7-8 May 2011

I am pleased to announce that I have been asked by the City of Ballarat in Australia to do an exhibition on my great grandfather Henry Sutton 1856-1912 who was an Australian inventor.

Featured in the exhibition will be information about Henry's halftone photographic process called Electro-Phototypy and will include some published photographs of Henry's which were of Hale End in England. Henry also used these photograph's in the promotion of his business he started in London in 1891…


Added by Lorayne Branch on March 17, 2011 at 7:30 — 2 Comments

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