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June 2010 Blog Posts (26)

London Lives: An online archive into 18th century Britain

I'm not sure if this recently published archive is useful to those photo historians wishing to trace the ancestry of some early photographers, as it focuses on those at the bottom rung of London society between 1690 to 1800! But I thought I'd post it, just in case.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

A rare find of an original 1839 daguerreotype

Picture the scenario:

Museum: Curator, back room, dark corner, faded shoebox.

Inside shoebox: paper-wrapped, gold-framed daguerreotype depicting Paris's Pont Neuf spanning the River Seine.

Back of frame: Handwritten with the date '1839' - the dawn of photography.…

Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments

Call For Papers. (De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.

Call For Papers.

(De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.

September 10th 2010, School of the Arts Loughborough University, UK.…


Added by Mort Marsh on June 29, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Top price for Lincoln carte de visite

Continuing with the carte de visite theme, but American, though, the highest-selling item in a recent auction of Lincoln family ephemera this month was an autographed Abraham Lincoln carte de visite which easily surpassed its US$10/20,000 estimate by selling for US$38,775.

The lot - a signed portrait of Lincoln from a negative originally taken by… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 26, 2010 at 19:17 — No Comments

Job: Academic Assistant - Photographic Collection

Academic Assistant - Photographic Collection (1 year). The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London University of London

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 26, 2010 at 18:42 — No Comments

Photographers of Great Britain 1840-1940 database

Hello all

A new website was launched last year but it is still being refined that contains probably the largest database in existence of British and Irish photographers

Although specific content requires payment to help cover the costs of setting up and maintaining the site (and collection used to produce it) there is an increasing amount of free content such as the biographies of British… Continue

Added by Marcel Safier on June 26, 2010 at 4:16 — 1 Comment

Victorian artwork takes pride of place at Kingston’s new riverfront development

As part of a revamp of the original Bishop’s Palace House situated next to the listed Kingston Bridge at Kingston upon Thames, the developers have used a facade screen which shows work by Eadweard Muybridge.

Let's hope this will set the trend for future developers to feature this, rather than just plain,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 25, 2010 at 22:01 — No Comments

Authenticity of early Muybridge's photos questioned

In a walk-through of the current landmark exhibition "Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change" in Washington (coming to Tate Britain this September), Getty Museum's distinguished former curator of photographs, Weston Naef, noted some startling observations to lead him to conclude that some early Muybridge photos may not be taken by him.

Instead, Naef suggested they were done by others, whilst Muybridge merely published them.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 24, 2010 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Poster collection goes on Flickr

The Poster Collection at PARC is in the process of being uploaded to Flickr. The archive holds over 300 posters dating from 1974, mostly of photographic exhibitions, from small independent galleries including Half Moon Gallery, Impressions Gallery, Cockpit Gallery Holborn to The Photographers Gallery and large institutions such as Tate, V&A Museum and the National Portrait Gallery and is a fascinating resource. This is an ongoing process with 75 images of posters already uploaded so keep… Continue

Added by Belinda May on June 23, 2010 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Niepce in England conference - Now Booking

The National Media Museum has released booking details of the Niépce in England conference which takes place at the museum on 14-15 October 2010. Details are given below...



Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2010 at 19:38 — No Comments

NMeM Job: Duty Manager

Job Description:

Duty Manager, Bradford: Full-time position

£19,000 per annum, increasing to £20,000 on successful completion of probationary period

The National Media Museum’s eight galleries and three cinemas attract over 700,000 visitors every
year. You’ll lead the…

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 22:09 — No Comments


Hello All,
I have recently acquired a cdv size albumen print, circa 1860,of a genre scene.
The man in the photo looks very much like Rejlander.
Any comments appreciated.

Added by Meir Berk on June 21, 2010 at 19:55 — 1 Comment

Michael Faraday's notes at auction

As a chemist, Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was also interested in the new art of photography and

corresponded with scientists on the subject. He was photographed an extraordinary number of times. The photographs of Faraday held in the Institute of Engineering and Technology Archives include a very early example of a calotype (an early photographic process where the image is produced on paper… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

Frantic bidding for Fenton's photographs at local auction

Auctioneers in the Cotswold were stunned when photography specialists from the USA and Europe bid against each other via telephone pushing the price of five rare Fenton photographs up to £100,000, over five times their combined estimated value.

Dominic Winter auctioneer, Chris Albury, said "I had no idea that these photographs were so rare when I first saw them but it seems likely that there are no more than a handful of each. It was only… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 21, 2010 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

NMeM: London Presence update

A Freedom of Information request to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that the National Media Museum still sees the Science Museum as the base for its London Presence. The DCMS also confirmed:

  • That it had held no meetings the National Media Museum over its plans for a London Presence between 1 September 2009 and 3 June 2010
  • The Project is expected to cost less than £5 million and therefore does not require any approval from the DCMS
  • The…

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2010 at 9:46 — No Comments

Photographs from 19th Century Japan and China: Masterpieces from the Photographic Collection

Sorry ! I know it's not totally appropriate (and I'm slightly bias here for being Oriental !) but this new exhibition does feature images by British pioneers like Felice Beato (half-Italian?) and John Thomson. So, please bear with me.

Following the presentation of outstanding works from the history of 20th century photography, Museum Ludwig is now highlighting a new section of its extensive photographic holdings. Beginning 11 June, a…

Added by Michael Wong on June 18, 2010 at 9:52 — No Comments

Sunderland’s Antiquarians Society unearths historic Tyneside photos

Whilst sorting through archive material to use for a website, Bill Hawkins, history enthusiast and member of the Sunderland’s Antiquarians Society, discovered boxes of glass plate negatives that were dust covered and laid undisturbed for six decades.

Mr Hawkins, 55, of Sunderland, found around 30 photographs dating back more than 100 years, including images taken of Tynemouth pier and of the High Level Bridge spanning the River Tyne. This treasure trove of…

Added by Michael Wong on June 15, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Lewis Carroll's favourite model sold for £24,000

Three photographs of Alexandra Rhoda "Xie" Kitchin, one of author Lewis Carroll's favourite models, were auctioned off at Bonhams collectible books sale last week (8th June) for £24,000. They were each on a cabinet card with Carroll's negative number, grading letter as well as a caption in the photographer's hand.

Carroll, a keen photographer, considered these to be among his best work, and showed Alexandra in Danish and Oriental costumes. Kitchin's father was the Dean of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on June 15, 2010 at 9:54 — No Comments

Muybridge online resource launched

A new digital resource for Muybridge scholars has been launched. The website, the result of an ongoing collaboration between Kingston University and Kingston Museum in the United Kingdom, aims to provide a definitive research resource surrounding the work of nineteenth century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Thesite provides an introduction to Muybridge’s works in historical and social context; and information on the international collections that house them. It is fully searchable.… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2010 at 11:15 — No Comments

Camille Silvy, Photographer of Modern Life, 1834-1910

Camille Silvy was a pioneer of early photography and one of the greatest French photographers of the nineteenth century. This exhibition includes many remarkable images which have not been exhibited since the 1860s.

Over 100 works, including a large number of carte de visites, focus on a ten-year creative burst from 1857-67 working in Algiers, rural France, Paris and London and illustrate how Silvy pioneered many now…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

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