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July 2010 Blog Posts (29)

Jobs: Professor of Photography & Lecturer in Photography

Any BPH bloggers fancy a job at Princeton University? - but you might need a green card first, I think!

If so, read on ....

Job Title: Professor

Department: Visual Arts - 213

Requisition No: 1000505

Position Summary:
The Visual Arts Program, under the aegis of the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 28, 2010 at 19:06 — No Comments

How to turn £50 to £128 million .....

Nope, I'm not turning to be a con-man, but if this story is true then I'll be heading to the car boot sale at Laycock soon.

It's been reported in the press that a Californian antique buff, Rick Norsigian, found some negatives in a stack of ageing manila envelopes at a garage sale in Fresno, California 10 years ago. He claims to have paid less than $70… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 28, 2010 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Classic British Motoring Prints from 1896 online

For the first time ever, a unique picture library of over 5,000 historic photographs, advertisements and other promotional material from the archives of the British motor industry have become available online.

At the heart of Motorgraphs is the extensive historic photographic archive of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) along… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 26, 2010 at 22:07 — No Comments

John Mercer - the local, unsung hero ?

John who?, I hear you ask, if you are as ignorant as I am on this one.

John Mercer (1791 - 1866) of Great Harwood is one of Lancashire's unsung heroes. A Victorian man of science, his interests in chemistry, printing and dyeing raised the game for the Lancashire textile industry. He was also fascinated with the new concept of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2010 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

Flickr turns royal blue in colour

You would have probably read about this one in your Sunday papers today.

Historic photographs from the current Royal Collection exhibitions at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and on loan to museums and galleries around the UK are to go online tomorrow (26/7/2010) at the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

George Washington Wilson, James Valentine & John Thomson

What do these three early Scottish photographers, George Washington Wilson, James Valentine and John Thomson have in common ?

Well, they all visited Morocco at some… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 24, 2010 at 18:35 — 1 Comment

Ikon Gallery's Edgerton show featured on Radio 4

BBC R4's Front Row radio programme will be discussing Birmingham's Ikon Gallery Harold Edgerton show as part of a wider debate about ground-breaking photography. The show begins at 7.15pm and will be available on the BBC's Listen Again feature for a week afterwards. Click here to listen:

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2010 at 15:29 — No Comments

Scotland’s hidden photographic treasures go online

A huge slice of Scottish photographic history has been uploaded onto the internet in a bid to share the nation’s history with the world. Over 2,000 previously archived pictures were posted onto Flickr by the National Library of Scotland. The formerly hidden treasures include the World War One photographs and an image of the chilling order for the massacre of Glencoe.

Library bosses decided to post the pictures online using Flickr’s Commons licence, meaning anybody can use them…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2010 at 5:26 — No Comments

Niepce in England - the video...

The National Media Museum/Getty Conservation Institute conference being held in October has published a short video explaining the purpose of the conference (click below to play). The video features Dusan Stulik talking about Niepce and the importance of his work within the conference context.

For more information about the conference click here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 20, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

China In Those Days: An Historical Postcard Journey

Sorry ! - you can call me bias, but I just have to squeeze this one in for those BPH followers in the China Photography sub-group.

With an excess of over 1600 postcard images spanning from the late 1890s to the first decades of the 20th century, this recently published book is very likely the largest pictural collection of ancient images on China and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 19, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Job: NMeM Development Officer

Can you demonstrate solid experience and achievements in raising funds from trusts, foundations and public bodies? Would you like to apply this within one of the world’s most prestigious museums? Our ability to meet our funding targets is critical to the delivery of world-class projects, exhibitions and visitor attractions. For this reason, we’re looking for a Senior Development Executive at The National Media Museum. With your experience in raising funds in the cultural sector, we will look…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2010 at 5:00 — No Comments

Job: Pitt Rivers Museum: Project Scanning Technician

Better late than never ! Deadline is this Friday 23rd July 2010.

Project Scanning Technician

Salary Grade 3 £17,111 - £19,743

Full time fixed term appointment until 31 August 2011

The Pitt Rivers Museum is seeking a Project Scanning Technician to work with the Museum’s Photographic Collection scanning photographs from the Wilfred Thesiger Collection as part of a project funded…


Added by Michael Wong on July 19, 2010 at 0:13 — No Comments

RPS Honours Falconer and Wilson

The Royal Photographic Society has honoured British Library photography curator John Falconer with it's Colin Ford Medal and Michael Wilson, the National Media Museum's chair of trustees, with an award for outstanding service to photography and an Honorary Fellowship. More details will be published when the full citations are made available in September.

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2010 at 10:26 — No Comments

The Originals of G.R. Lambert

Yes, I know. It's not quite British ! But it is historic 19th century photography, so bear with me on this one ...

The Singapore Philatelic Museum will be exhibiting some 100 rare picture postcards capturing the history and heritage of Singapore from early next month. They were taken by G.R. Lambert, a famous German… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 17:14 — No Comments

Peter Henry Emerson @ the Musee d'Orsay

If you are a fan of this Victorian medic turned photographer, you're in luck !

"Photography Not Art" - these three words written by Peter Henry Emerson (1856-1936), one of the
principle exponents of photography as an art form in its… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 15:37 — 4 Comments

Patterson Curatorial Fellowship: September 2010

The William and Elizabeth Patterson Curatorial Fellowship in Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is an annual fellowship for serious graduate level students with a demonstrated interest in a museum career in photography. This year SFMOMA is offering one part-time 20-week fellowship beginning in mid-September 2010.

The Fellow will be undertaking in-depth research on SFMOMA’s… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 14:28 — No Comments

Harry Ransom Center: 2011-2012 Research Fellowship Programme

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has just announced its 2011-2012 Research Fellowship program. The Center will award over 50 fellowships to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 14:20 — No Comments

The Gernsheim Collection

To coincide with the exhibition "Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection", UT Press is publishing a catalogue to accompany it.

Entitled… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2010 at 14:09 — No Comments

Revealed: the National Media Museum's London Presence

A Freedom of Information request by JIm Bretell to the National Museum of Science and Industry has thrown light on the NMeM's plans for its London presence - although the NMSI declined to make available the 'substantial' documentation that the project has generated. In a token gesture it has published a partially redacted section of the NMSI Trustee minutes of 8 February 2008 these show:

  • the aim of the London presence is to raise the national and international profile of the…

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2010 at 21:38 — No Comments

Silvy exhibition opens this week

The National Portrait Gallery's Camille Silvy exhibition opens this week on 15 July. For any BPH readers in London the NPG bookshop is already selling curator Mark Haworth-Booth's book and catalogue of the show along with other relevant books, poster, cards and souvenirs. As one would expect the book is a fascinating read with well-reproduced illustrations and excellent value at £20 (hardback only). The exhibition space itself remains hidden behind locked…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

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