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March 2013 Blog Posts (24)

Exhibition: Dress to Impress Fashion in early photography

Men and women have dressed to impress for all occasions throughout the ages. After the invention of photography in the late 1820s the popularity of dressing up for studio photographs grew, reaching its peak from1860 to1880. This exhibition is a snapshot of fashion and photography from 1880s cartes de visite to the start of the movie age in the early…


Added by Michael Wong on March 28, 2013 at 21:21 — No Comments

Event: The art, chemistry and craft of early photography

As well as an artist’s eye for composition early photographers had to understand the physics and chemistry of their art. On Saturday, 29th June 2013, Alex Boyd will demonstrate some of the techniques used in early photography by creating a number of portraits. Visitors are welcome to drop in, see Alex at work and ask questions.

Alex is widely…


Added by Michael Wong on March 28, 2013 at 21:17 — No Comments

2013 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation is proud to announce the short and long lists for its annual awards for photography and moving image books.  The Foundation also reveals Thames and Hudson Chairman Thomas Neurath as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing award.

Established in 1985, the KKF Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2013 at 20:47 — No Comments

ITV: History of Scottish Photography

It's been reported in the Irvine Herald that German-born Scots photographer, Alex Boyd, is currently working with renowned photographer Rankin on a new ITV programme about the History of Scottish Photography. 

He said: “Ultimately, there is…


Added by Michael Wong on March 23, 2013 at 22:46 — 2 Comments

Publication: The Photographic Studios of Europe

The Photographic Studios of Europe, first published in 1882, is the only detailed account available of working practices and conditions in the studios of the leading photographers of the Victorian period. Revealing, surprising, perceptive and authoritative, this first-hand report is based on seeing scores of photographers and their workshops in action. The…

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2013 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Workshop: The Daguerreotype with Mike Robinson - 1-4 June 2013

The Daguerreotype, with Mike Robinson, Saturday, 1 June - Tuesday, 4 June, 2013. This workshop is for artists with a serious interest in the evolution, aesthetics and process of daguerreotypy. The workshop will be conducted by Mike Robinson, a modern master of the medium.  Participants will learn both modern and traditional techniques of polishing. Also covered will…


Added by Roger Watson on March 21, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Flickr for museums and archives

The British Journal of Photography reports on the use of Flickr as tool by museums and archives. It quotes Emma Thom, senior web content co-ordinator at the National Media Museum (NMM) in Bradford...

The Commons has expanded the concept of what a museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 21, 2013 at 4:00 — No Comments

Hills & Saunders Photographers

I have recently acquired an extensive collection of glass plates (80,000 items) along with a substantial volume of original documents and day ledgers. The collection was created by Hills & Saunders 'Harrow' studio.

I would be interested to learn more about any of the actual photographers who worked for Hills & Saunders. I believe the company operated a number of studios around the country, including Harrow, Eton, Oxford & Cambridge. If anyone could provide me with any…


Added by pete.boswell on March 15, 2013 at 13:04 — 9 Comments

Exhibition: Jules Itier's China, 1844

The General Council of Essonne, through the French Museum of Photography maintains one of the largest collections of photographic heritage covering the entire history of photography and its uses. It counts among its most iconic and fragile, the first pictures known to-date in China, and the diary of the author Jules Itier.

These photographic works are the subject of a…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2013 at 22:42 — No Comments

Exhibition: Koshashin - The Hall Collection of 19th century Photographs of Japan

The exhibition 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 from the personal collection of Edmontonian Arlene Hall. Its debut was at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), which organized the exhibition in 2009. The photographs in the exhibition reflect the…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2013 at 22:24 — No Comments

Online: The Prince of Wales Journal: 6 February - 14 June 1862

In 1861, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert decided that their eldest son, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), would benefit from an extended tour of Egypt and the Middle East in 1862. It was thought that such a tour would provide the Prince with the opportunity to learn about ancient cultures, history and religions. It would also offer him the chance to…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2013 at 22:17 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Fantastic Legacy: Early Bombay Photography, from 1840 to 1900

A Fantastic Legacy: Early Bombay Photography presents over 100 original images gathered from public and private collections, and displayed throughout the gallery in various formats. This comprehensive show explores the rich 19th century history of photography in Mumbai and features some of the earliest anthropological studies that used photography, as well as…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2013 at 22:10 — No Comments

National Media Museum visitor numbers for 2012

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions has released its 2012 numbers. The National Media Museum, Bradford, shows a small increase in numbers which reflects the opening of new galleries. In 2012 the museum received 504000 visitors compared to 486668 in 2011. 

The chart shows the 2008-2012 ALVA numbers for the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2013 at 20:27 — No Comments

Jennifer Tucker to undertake research in Britain

Wesleyan University's Associate Professor Jennifer Tucker has been selected for a Fulbright-U.S. Scholar Award, through which she will spend eight months at the University of York in England from December.

Tucker is a historian of British science, technology and medicine, specializing in the study of the connections among British science, photography and the visual…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2013 at 21:08 — No Comments

Media Space: Fitting out starts

Scotland-based Elmwood has been selected to carry out fit out works for Media Space at the London Science Museum.

The new galleries are the result of a collaboration between the National Media Museum in Bradford and the London Science Museum, and will include 500 sq m of temporary exhibition space, a 290 sq m flexible studio space for installations and events, and a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 10, 2013 at 17:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East

In 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on a four-month educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford (1815-94). This exhibition documents his journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. It explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 8, 2013 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Publication: Early Photographs of India

Pagoda Tree Press has just published a new book: 'Early Photographs of Ladakh'. This republishes two important early photographic works: 'From Simla through Ladac & Cashmere' by Captain Robert Melville Clarke originally published in 1862; together with 'Description of a Mystic Play, as Performed in Ladak, Zascar &c.' by Captain H. H. Godwin-Austen; with Photographic…


Added by Hugh Ashley Rayner on March 7, 2013 at 21:00 — No Comments

Research help: The missing Talbot memorial

In 1922, an appeal went out from the Royal Photographic Society to suitably recognise the inventor of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot.  Many photographers were happy to join in the subscription and more than £200 was raised (equivalent to about £10,000 today).  In September 1924 the bronze and marble memorial was unveiled in the library of the Society’s headquarters,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2013 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, London

March at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre:


Louise Purbrick, 'Traces of Nitrate: Archives and Landscapes between Britain and Chile'

Monday, 11 March, 6-7.30pm, Keynes Library (Room 114), 

School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

This seminar is related to the exhibition Traces of Nitrate: Some Documents

11-15 March 2013, Pelz Room, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2013 at 20:31 — No Comments

Scholarship: Manfred & Hanna Heiting scholarship 2013

The advancement of photo-historical research by prospective curators from the Netherlands or abroad using the original photographs in the National Photo Collection in the Rijksmuseum.

The Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fund enables the Rijksmuseum to award two scholarships every year. The aim of this postgraduate scholarship is to stimulate photo-historical research of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2013 at 20:30 — No Comments

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