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April 2012 Blog Posts (31)

Archive: West Sussex Record Office

The Record Office of West Sussex County holds one of the largest archives of historic photos in the country. For the first time, it has made the archive available online for the general public to browse and buy online.

Apparently, Images can also be put on a jigsaw, coffee mug, mouse mat or keyrings - shock horrors! Prices range from £5 for a small print,…


Added by Michael Wong on April 30, 2012 at 23:23 — No Comments

The Post Office in Pictures

With the cost of First Class postage going up a staggering 30% from 46p to 60p tomorrow, I'm pleased to say that at least this exhibition from The Royal Mail Archive is free!

The Post Office in Pictures is an exhibition showcasing iconic photographic images sourced from The Royal Mail Archive.

In 1933 Sir Stephen Tallents was appointed Public Relations Officer…


Added by Michael Wong on April 29, 2012 at 15:31 — No Comments

Glass Plate Photography: The Photograph as Document

A selection of the glass plate negatives that form the substantial collections of George Washington Wilson and the …


Added by Michael Wong on April 29, 2012 at 15:10 — No Comments

UPDATED: Charlotte Cotton no longer keynote speaker for APHE

Charlotte Cotton, the former Director of the National Media Museum's Media Space in London who was to have been the keynote speaker at the Association for Photography in Higher Education 2012 conference and AGM has pulled out of the event. The APHE is currently seeking a replacement. 

The APHE event is titled: Photographic Futures: Visual Literacy for the Creative Industries and will be held at the University of Derby from 11-13 July. 

Details: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2012 at 12:50 — No Comments

Royal Geographical Society: Arabia through a lens

From the architectural record and romance of Gertrude Bell to ground-breaking documentary images by Captain William Shakespear and Harry St. John Philby, this showcase provides an introduction to the work of early British photographers in the Middle East; documenting people and places which have since undergone significant change.

Led by their…


Added by Michael Wong on April 28, 2012 at 23:10 — No Comments

Exhibition: Another London

Tate Britain will hold an exhibition of 180 classic twentieth-century photographs which take London as their key subject. In the years between 1930 and 1980, some of the best-known photographers from around the world came to London to make work about the city and its communities. This exhibition will bring together some of the biggest names in international…


Added by Michael Wong on April 28, 2012 at 13:43 — No Comments

The London Photograph Fair

The latest Newsletter for the London Photograph Fair is out now - including full details of our next show on May 20th - also details of several other events taking place on the same day.

Added by James Kerr on April 27, 2012 at 15:07 — No Comments

Dewi Lewis honoured at K-K Book Awards

At the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards last night the publisher Dewi Lewis was honoured for his outstanding contribution to publishing. Gerry Badger (see right)made the presentation to Lewis who paid tribute to his business partner and wife Carole. Elsewhere Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth PhotographsWeston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Job: Photoworks: Programme & Participation Co-ordinator

Photoworks is recruiting for a full-time fixed-term role to work closely with the Director and Programme Team to develop and deliver the Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2012. The successful applicant will play an integral role in the development of a programme of activities to encourage participation and engagement. Application deadline: 21 May…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Photo Archive: NYC Department of Records

Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, NYC's Department of Records officially announced the debut of their online photo archive featuring all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.

The project was four years in the making, part of the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 24, 2012 at 9:09 — No Comments

Video and audio podcasts: Niépce in England

I know that this is a bit of an old hat, but for those who missed the NMeM's Niépce in England' Conference back in Oct 2010, the Royal Society now has both a video and audio podcast of Philippa Wright's talk where she announcd and shared with the photographic, conservation and scientific communities the ground breaking findings which had been discovered during the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 23, 2012 at 21:20 — 1 Comment

Trivia: What's the connection between a statue in Victoria Park, Swansea with a pioneer of photography?

Near the Patti Pavilion stands the statue of Alderman William Thomas, the Pioneer of Open Spaces.

A director of the Landore Tinplate Company, William Thomas of Lan Manor, Morriston, was elected to Swansea Corporation in 1871. Because the rapid increase of industrialisation in the 19th century left little land for recreation, he offered a prize for the best essay in…


Added by Michael Wong on April 22, 2012 at 13:33 — No Comments

Queen Victoria's online scrapbook

Rarely seen documents chronicling the life and reign of Queen Victoria have been made public on a new website marking this year's Diamond Jubilee. The Royal Family released its archive of letters, journals, painting and photographs for the launch.

The website has nine sections tracing the life of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2012 at 5:40 — 1 Comment

Archive Make-Over: Warwick-based Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

The photographic archive of the Warwick-based Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has been given a 21st century makeover.

Nearly 3,000 pictures belonging to the historic regiment - formerly the Royal Warwickshire Regiment - have been digitally preserved by Kineton-based experts We (Save Photo) who offered their services to the regiment free of charge.

During the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 20, 2012 at 18:29 — No Comments

Elizabeth Edwards' Professorial Lecture and Book Launch

Professor Elizabeth Edwards, the Director of De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre, is giving her Professorial Lecture on Thursday 24 May 2012. The lecture is titled 'Aimless Meandering and Structured Seeing: Photographers, Places and the Feel of History’ and will take place in the Hugh Aston Building, Magazine Square, De Montfort University,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: What is a Photograph?

What is a photograph? How do we define its history? This exhibition, compiled mostly from NOMA's permanent collection, examines many forms of photography from the 1840s to the present, in order to explore these questions. Over the past 190 years, photography has infiltrated almost every aspect of modern life, from birth to war and science to religion. During this time, the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2012 at 18:41 — No Comments

Sothebys: Gustave LeGray album

Sotheby’s 15 May Photographs auction in Paris offers an exquisite selection of works ranging from 19th century daguerreotypes to contemporary photographic oeuvres. The undisputed highlight in the historic photography section is Gustave LeGray’s exceptional album of nine salt prints documenting the Salon de Paris 1852, estimated between € 240,000 and…


Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2012 at 18:28 — 2 Comments

Auction: Only known portrait of Catherine Dickens to be offered

A profile portrait of the wife of Charles Dickens, Catherine (1815-1879), by John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1810-1901), is to be sold at Bonhams, Knightsbridge, as part of the Photographs Sale on 17th May. The only daguerreotype portrait of Catherine known to exist, it has been estimated at £8,000 – 12,000.

The portrait first came to light in 1996, discovered in an antique…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2012 at 17:45 — No Comments

Job: Lecturer in History and History of Art

The University of Bristol invites applications to a permanent Lectureship in History and History of Art. Candidates are welcomed who can demonstrate excellence in research in any area which spans the two disciplines concerned, and who are capable of teaching in both and developing other means to encourage the further integration of both within the same…


Added by Michael Wong on April 17, 2012 at 11:08 — No Comments

The Rob Dickins Collection of Victorian photographs: The Changing Faces of Fame

The Rob Dickins Collection includes 3,500 photographs of over 1000 artists and leading personalities of the nineteenth century, together with 1,000 artist letters. After purchasing an archive collected over many years by Jeremy Maas, the London art dealer, one of the Watts Gallery’s trustees, Rob Dickins CBE added his own collection and generously donated it to the Watts…


Added by Michael Wong on April 15, 2012 at 18:16 — No Comments

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