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June 2013 Blog Posts (29)

Book: Antique Photographica: The Collector's Vision

The closure of the era of chemical imaging coincided with the turn of the 21st century: now is the perfect time to review what photography has been, consider what it is now, and contemplate what it will become. With contributions from 20 collectors and scholars, the collections in this book range from 1840–1940, including camera obscuras and cyanotypes to autochromes,…


Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2013 at 18:40 — No Comments

Resource: Pictorialist exhibition catalogues online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has scanned more than one hundred Pictorialist photography exhibition catalogues, most of them donated to the Museum by Alfred Stieglitz in 1922 and many of them not found elsewhere. These fully searchable scans provide a valuable new research tool for people studying turn-of-the-century photographic history. 

The full story, including…


Added by Malcolm Daniel on June 28, 2013 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

The future of the Science Museum Group

On Tuesday, 2 July at 10.30am the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee will examine the future of the Science Museum Group. 

Witness(es): Edward Vaizey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries; Ian Blatchford, Director, Science Museum Group; Tony Reeves, Chief Executive, City of Bradford Metropolitan District…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2013 at 6:19 — No Comments

Exhibition: Queen to appear in a phone box ....

No, not the HRH type, but the Victorian ones. And it's not Queen Victoria either. It involves May, and will be held in November ....

Confused? Here goes ..... rock group Queen legend, Brian May, will be showing an exhibition of his Victorian 'stereographic' photography in November.

And what about the phone booth? Well, the exhibition will be held in what is the…


Added by Michael Wong on June 27, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Job: Senior Development Executive, NMeM

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced development professional to make a significant contribution to one of the most visited museums in the North of England.

Located in the heart of Bradford – the world’s first UNESCO City of Film – The National Media Museum is home to 3.5m objects that make up the national collections of photography, cinematography and television, including the Royal Photographic Society and the BBC Heritage Collections. Through its stunning galleries,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 27, 2013 at 5:23 — No Comments

Photohistory XV - 10-12 October 2014

The world’s only continuous symposium on the history of photography: PhotoHistory XVI, will take place at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York on October 10-12, 2014, according to officials of The Photographic Historical Society who organize the triennial event.

PhotoHistory XVI will contain a full day of presentations on the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 26, 2013 at 19:36 — No Comments

John Burton and Sons of Leicester, Nottingham,etc., 1860 on

I have done a lot of work on the Burton Bros of Dunedin, New Zealand over the years with many starts and stops, and to my surprise the results of my visits to Leicester and Nottingham were relatively disappointing, regarding tracking down the lives and seminal influences (and pictures of and by) Alfred Henry Burton (1834-1914) and Walter John Burton (1836-1880). I was expecting to find more local information on the family and was saddened to hear that their negatives, including significant…


Added by John B Turner on June 26, 2013 at 0:46 — 12 Comments

Sawyer and Bird – online resource

An area devoted to John Sawyer and Walter Bird (of Norwich and elsewhere) can now be found on the Early Photographic Studios website at It includes separate timelines for Sawyer, Bird and their partnerships, a note on Sawyer’s rivalry with Oliver Sarony, a dating guide for early Sawyer carte mounts, and several other documents.




Added by Robert Pols on June 25, 2013 at 21:16 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: To Capture a Shadow - Chinese Photography

Photography from China Pre-1860, selected from the albums of Elizabeth Vacher, on show from 3 June to 27 September at Bath Royal Literary and Philosophical Institution, Bath. 

See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 24, 2013 at 5:57 — No Comments

'Catchers of the Light' - A Magnum Opus on the History of Photography

I am writing to inform members of the imminent appearance in print of a magnum opus related to the History of the Photography, called 'Catchers of the Light', which tells of the 'forgotten lives of the men and women who first photographed the heavens', of which one eminent Professor of Astronomy recently wrote:

"It is rare to find a magnum opus…


Added by Dr. Stefan Hughes on June 23, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

National Media Museum: Possible reprieve

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has said there was 'no question' of closing any of the Science Museum Group's three northern museums, including the National Media Museum. They had been under possible threat following an interview given by Ian Blatchford, head of the SMG, in which he suggested closure of one museum was likely if cuts from the government spending review were as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography

This exhibition explores the lives and careers of the Charles R. Meade and Henry W. M. Meade brothers who, along with their contemporaries such as Mathew Brady and Southworth and Hawes, are recognized as leading members of the first generation of American studio photographers.

Details can be found …


Added by Michael Wong on June 19, 2013 at 21:24 — 4 Comments

Conference: Visualising the Rural / 4-5 July

This conference aims to provide a platform for an interdisciplinary debate questioning the meaning of the contemporary rural landscape seen through photography.

Over 40 academics and artists will present papers as part of panels discussing themes such as: the question of habits and conventions of looking at rural space, rural identity,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2013 at 6:34 — No Comments

NMeM: Saved by public opinion (and common sense!)

The local MP for Bradford has been assured by the Culture Minister yesterday that they are clear about the value of the Museum to the local area and to the UK, and any closure would be 'unacceptable'. George Galloway, the Bradford West MP, went further, saying: “The museum will not close. The minister said it was a political non-starter – and…


Added by Michael Wong on June 18, 2013 at 7:53 — No Comments

Seminar: Photographs/Pictures

‘Pictures’ is a word that has become synonymous with photographs, encompassing vernacular uses of photography, as in the library of ‘pictures’ on our mobile phones, as well as in the sense of providing a true ‘picture of events’ in the journalist context. From the 1980s, photography as ‘picture’ acquired a very different meaning, and was associated with large-scale colour…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 17, 2013 at 21:05 — No Comments

NMeM: Happy 30th!

Look forward to celebrating your 100th!

Check out the celebratory events here.

Added by Michael Wong on June 16, 2013 at 14:57 — No Comments

Auction: Victorian Bournemouth in an attic

Auctioneers Davey and Davey will be putting up for sale a photo album, dating back to the 1870s, that was recently found in an attic in a home at Parkstone.  Much of the fascination of the album lies in seeing the foundations of modern Bournemouth taking shape. There is a view of Westover Villas near St…


Added by Michael Wong on June 12, 2013 at 21:15 — No Comments

National Media Museum: Inquiry to be held

Gerry Sutcliffe, Labour MP for Bradford South, and Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley have united to secure a Select Committee inquiry into the Science Museum’s threat to the National Media Museum.

Both Mr Sutcliffe and Mr Davies are members of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and jointly requested an urgent special inquiry into the Science…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2013 at 19:59 — No Comments

Symposium: In a Strange Land: Perceiving and Interpreting Unfamiliar Environments

In a Strange Land:  Perceiving and Interpreting Unfamiliar Environments will take place from June 25–26, 2013 in the Springer Auditorium, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. It is a multidisciplinary international symposium organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Shpilman Institute for Photography, Tel Aviv, in conjunction with the exhibition Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers of the 20th Century. Moderator: Dr. Nissan N.…


Added by Nissan N. Perez on June 10, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

National Media Museum: Hundreds attend rally to save it

Hundreds of people have attended a rally today to save the National Media Museum in Bradford, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports. Speeches were made by Gerry Sutcliffe MP, George Galloway MP and Councillor David Green, Leader of Bradford Council.  See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 8, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

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