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March 2012 Blog Posts (47)

NMeM: Media Space funding

Amateur Photographer magazine reports that more than half of the £4 million needed for the Media Space gallery at London's Science Museum will have to come from private sources. More importantly the project has been underwritten to full cost of £4 million by the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI) suggesting that if private funding is not forthcoming NMSI…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2012 at 21:18 — No Comments

NMeM: Life Online opens today .....

Life Online is the world's first gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet. This permanent gallery will trace the history of the internet, uncover how it has changed people's lives and track the latest trends.

The gallery covers two spaces within the Museum. The first is a permanent exhibition in the foyer…


Added by Michael Wong on March 30, 2012 at 14:19 — No Comments

Victorian Newcastle photographic treasure trove

The Guardian newspaper reports... When Aaron Guy peered into a forgotten box in an ancient Newcastlebuilding, he could not have guessed the treasures contained inside. The curious photo archivist had stumbled upon a remarkable set of original early glass negatives,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Practising Photography in the Sciences

A PhD research studentship covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities. Under the interdisciplinary research strand “Practising Photography in the Sciences”, PhD proposals are sought that explore the reciprocal relationship between photography, science, and the arts and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 29, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Dillwyn Day: Science, Culture, Society

A one-day symposium on pivotal role of one family in nineteenth century life.  From the history of science to literary criticism, this interdisciplinary event explores the Dillwyn family’s contributions to: Anti-Slavery and transatlantic trade, nineteenth…


Added by Dr Sarah Morse on March 29, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Calling Swindon .....

The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is exhibiting a collection of Albert Beaney photographs, and is inviting local residents born during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s to see if they recognise themselves or neighbours.

His collection, consisting of more than 40,000 negatives and photographs dating from 1945 until 1970, was acquired by the museum in 1998 with help from The…


Added by Michael Wong on March 29, 2012 at 12:18 — No Comments

Exhibition: Seeking Solace: Francis Bedford’s Framing of Victorian Ideals. Photographs from the Steven Evans Collection

Drawn from the extensive private collection of the architectural photographer Steven Evans, Seeking Solace: Francis Bedford’s Framing of Victorian Ideals celebrates the work of English photographer Francis Bedford (1816–1894).  

A master draughtsman and lithographer in the 1840s and 1850s, Bedford took up photography and positioned himself as one of the premier…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 28, 2012 at 7:38 — 3 Comments

Key historic texts on photography

I'm involved in launching a series of books which will include some key texts on aspects of the history of photography.  Aimed at an international audience (museums, academics and those interested in the history of photography) I'd very much welcome feedback and suggestions from Group members. 

For example, are there important historic texts you'd like to see made more widely available and accessible? What kind of topics would make a particularly valuable contribution to the study of…


Added by Graeme Farnell on March 27, 2012 at 8:41 — No Comments

National Photography Symposium

Redeye is proud to present its fourth National Photography Symposium on 27 to 29 April 2012. It takes place in London as part of what promises to be a highly stimulating hotbed of photographic events at World Photo London.

The National Photography Symposium explores the most critical and talked-about subjects for photography and photographers. It's strongly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2012 at 15:18 — No Comments

Covent Garden Flower women

In his television series "Britain's First Photo Album", broadcast on the 12th March on BBC2, John Sergeant repeatedly refers to the John Thomson photo of "Covent Garden Flower Women" as having been taken by Francis Frith.

He also shows another Thomson photo "Covent Garden Labourers" in the same Frith context.

Can this be an oversight or is it a new…


Added by Meir Berk on March 25, 2012 at 10:27 — 2 Comments

Auction: Polar Sale: Scott and Amundsen Centenary (London 30th March 2012)

For all you Captain Scott fans out there, Bonhams in London wil be holding a special Polar Sale next Friday (30/3) to mark the centenary of his tragic death. It will include a farewell letter found on Scott's body in November 1912, written on March 16 by the man himself, and expected to sell for £150,000 at auction.

If your pocket is not deep enough, then this lot…


Added by Michael Wong on March 23, 2012 at 13:24 — No Comments

Volunteers: Photo Archiving for Shropshire Archives

In a basement at Shrewsbury's archives library a huge stack of plain brown boxes lay on shelves in rows 24 high. Between them, they contain 45,000 photos, some dating back to the 19th Century and about many of which almost nothing is known. Some 23,000 images have already been catalogued by volunteers since 2006 but almost…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2012 at 22:13 — 1 Comment

Job: Teacher of Photography (Maternity Cover, P/T)

This is an opportunity from d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford, looking for an enthusiastic and able graduate to join a flourishing department. The College is happy to receive applications from newly qualified teachers, though a PGCE is not a requirement for this post. The post is part-time and the successful applicant will be expected to work two full days each week of…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2012 at 21:55 — No Comments

Negretti Zambra photographic images from Crystal Palace

Hi All, Im new to this forum. I've recently purchased two framed Negretti Zambra images. I was hoping that one of your experts could enlighten me as to exactly what they are ??…




Added by Nigel Davies on March 21, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Anyone for a round of 19th century golf?

Discovered in the early 1990s and dating back to the mid 1850's, this rare collection of Tom Morris-owned photographs is going on display for the first time. Known as the “golfing version of Tutankhamen’s Tomb”, this rare collection of 24 images - valued at around £350,000 - were discovered gathering dust in a St Andrews home by two…


Added by Michael Wong on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 — No Comments

Identifying a Julia Margaret Cameron photograph of Sir Henry Taylor

I am not able with an iPad to load an image..

It is a portrait of sir Henry Taylor . He is wearing a beret. It is the same image I see that the v+a owns and also a museum in Sweden. I'm also wondering about having this image conserved. As soon as I can post an image for you both to see..thanks.

I need help in determining the rarity of an…


Added by John Patrick on March 20, 2012 at 21:50 — 2 Comments

Ackermann's Photogenic Drawing Box

As part of my PhD research on cameraless photography in the 19th century I am looking for Ackermann's Photogenic Drawing Box sold in 1839. This box contained all the necessary requisites to make a cameraless picture of flat material (a printing frame, brushes, prepared paper, bottles with liquids, sponge etc) and was no camera, which is often assumed.

So far I could find several announcements in journals of the time and the booklet which came with the box (republished by the RPS), but…


Added by Katharina Steidl on March 20, 2012 at 20:56 — No Comments

Hurley & Ponting ( The Heart of the Great Alone)

Last week I went to see the exhibition at the Royal Collection that I found deeply moving for a number of reasons. It was the first time that I had seen the two photographers work exhibited side-by-side and it is a testament to both photographers of the quality of the work but of the men themselves. Ponting's work clearly the more creative of the two with its breath taking vistas and sensitive framing left me a…


Added by Nicholas Brewer on March 19, 2012 at 9:16 — 2 Comments

Inspector Poirot steps in to solve a number of celebrity shootings in early 20th century

The victims: Winston Churchill, King Edward VIII & Wallis Simpson, the Queen, Louis Blériot and Welsh miners, to name but a few

The culprit: Fleet Street photographer Jimmy Jarche

Not to be outdone by BBC's Frith, ITV's first instalment of the returning Perspectives documentary strand features…


Added by Michael Wong on March 17, 2012 at 14:12 — No Comments

Francis Frith’s West Sussex

If you can't get enough of Frith, then you're in luck. Especially if you happen to live in West Sussex too!

This is because West Sussex libraries in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Crawley are the first of ten in the county to showcase photographs taken by renowned photographer Francis Frith over the next three months, until 31st March. All together nearly…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2012 at 18:51 — No Comments

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