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July 2011 Blog Posts (29)

Postwar photographic education in Britain

Jack Tait has kindly supplied two files which provide important information on British postwar photographic education and some of the people involved:

1. A small file version of the CV instances chapter originally written for Jack's PhD but omitted due to lack of space in the final thesis. It covers his involvement with photographic education with particular reference to creative activity.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 30, 2011 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Amateur Photography in Bushey

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, located near Watford, opens a temporary exhibition Amateur Photography in Bushey on 4 August. The display in the museum's entrance area displays cameras from the museum collection ranging from an 1870s George Hare quarter-plate tailboard camera up to modern digital cameras by way of an original Kodak, various Brownies, a Leica, AGI,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Chris Dickie (1951-2011)

Chris Dickie, former editor of the British Journal of Photography and Ag magazine died on 8 June 2011. An obituary appeared in the Guardian newspaper on 26 July 2011 - see:

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2011 at 8:50 — No Comments

The Dawn of Japanese Photography


This recent exhibition held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography presented photographs dating from 1853 to 1900 belonging to institutions with exhibition facilities in Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa, and offered photo historians an opportunity to vew some of the earliest photographs produced in that country.

As the exhibition has just ended, I thought…


Added by Michael Wong on July 28, 2011 at 14:13 — No Comments

Early child photography by Beato, Cameron, Carroll & Edgerton

A new exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography not only reveals the tricks used in the first decades of photography to keep young clients still, but also explains the rapid advances in photographic technology during the 19th and early 20th centuries by focusing on that trickiest of subjects: the child.

Take, for example, a family…


Added by Michael Wong on July 28, 2011 at 12:23 — No Comments

Talk: Niépce in England

In October 2010 the National Media Museum hosted the 'Niépce in England' Conference where they could announce and share with the photographic, conservation and scientific communities the ground breaking findings which had been discovered during the collaborative research partnership between the National Media Museum (NMeM) and the Getty Conservation Institute…


Added by Michael Wong on July 28, 2011 at 12:20 — No Comments

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio ...

If only Mrs Robinson knew - she would have bid for this 1930's photograph of a nude Joe DiMaggio in the showers at Yankee Stadium. It recently sold at auction for US$17,233 to John Rogers,…


Added by Michael Wong on July 26, 2011 at 18:48 — No Comments

Archive: Museum of the City of New York

Launched in December 2010, the Collections Portal is the public side of a digitization project that will enable Web visitors to discover ever-larger portions of the Museum's collections.  It currently offers more than 62,000 photographs of New York City, thousands of which have never been available for public viewing.  And this is just a start - more photography will be…


Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2011 at 22:40 — No Comments

Kenneth Grange - Kodak camera designer (Updated)

The Design Museum, London, is holding a retrospective of Britain’s leading product designer titled Kenneth Grange - Making Britain Modern. Grange was responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. These include Kodak cameras such as the Instamatic range during the late 1950s-1970s. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

Trivia: Name the photo society that objected to semi-nude females & about to celebrate its 150th

The Edinburgh Photograph Society (EPS) was set up in 1861 (two other societies, the earliest in the world, were founded a few years previously, both also in Scotland) after the 1851 Great Exhibition in London prompted interest in the subject, and the society will next month mark its 150th birthday with a civic reception at Edinburgh City Chambers.

The EPS started out…


Added by Michael Wong on July 24, 2011 at 23:08 — No Comments

Scottish NPG reopens with a new photography gallery

The refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery is to reopen on 30 November 2011. For the first time there will be a dedicated photography gallery and the opening exhibition will highlight some of the greatest works from the National Galleries of Scotland photography collections. Over sixty works will be on show from Hill and Adamson to newly commissioned work. Another gallery will show Close Encounters: Thomas Annan's Glasgow.

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2011 at 9:10 — 1 Comment

Back to the Future ...

Were you a young person living in Swindon between the 1940’s and 1960’s? Did you live in the Gorse Hill, Parks, Penhill, Pinehurst or Old Town areas? Do you remember having your photo taken? If so, a £25,000 community project (with grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund) is looking for you!

Between the 1940s and 1960s, the famous Swindon photographer Albert Beaney took…


Added by Michael Wong on July 23, 2011 at 13:35 — No Comments

Eastman House Director Bannon to retire

The director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film will retire in one year, on July 31, 2012, the organization announced Friday. Anthony Bannon has been director of the museum since 1996 and his 15-year tenure makes him the longest-standing director in the history of the museum. An international search will begin in coming months and Bannon…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2011 at 6:03 — No Comments

Going Digital: National Museum Wales’s historic photography

A new project to curate and digitise historic photography from Wales’s national collections has been made possible with the support of a £600,000 gift from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which is marking its 50th Birthday this year.

Natural Images - Amgueddfa Cymru’s new initiative, which begins in Autumn 2011, will involve transferring the finest…


Added by Michael Wong on July 20, 2011 at 21:37 — No Comments

Early Swiss daguerreotypes by de Prangey

The picturesque village of Rossinière, nestling in the Sarine Valley between Chateau d’Oex and Gruyères, will be playing host to the second Alt+1000 contemporary mountain photography festival this summer. The quiet village of just 400 inhabitants is best known for its 17th and 18th century wooden chalets and other historic buildings, steep lush green backdrop and typical…


Added by Michael Wong on July 20, 2011 at 11:04 — No Comments

Storytelling Snaps

I am undertaking a part-time MA in Digital Media [September 2010 to 2012] at the School of Media, University of Lincoln.  I have completed my first year creative project - phew! - and welcome feedback.…


Added by RS Wright on July 18, 2011 at 11:24 — 2 Comments

Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War

These are battles that are forever etched in America’s memories. The man who captured some of the most horrific images during the War Between the States was Alexander Gardner, an intrepid Scotsman, a jeweler’s apprentice of Calvinist upbringing, a newspaper publisher, entrepreneur and photographer. Gardner’s historically significant compilation of images, his…


Added by Michael Wong on July 15, 2011 at 9:06 — No Comments

Photographic History Research Centre web pages launched

De Montort University's Photographic History Research Centre has launched its web pages which explain the Centre's rationale and give details of staff and projects. The pages can be found by clicking DMU Photographic History Research Centre. The Centre is headed by Professor Elizabeth… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2011 at 6:00 — No Comments

Public interpretation of old photos - new website launched

For anyone who has an interest in public access to and interpretation of old images you might be interested in which officially launched on Monday, after about a year in 'beta'.  The launch coincided with the availability of new features and also a mobile app (currently just for Android smartphones).  One of the key features is being able to discover the photographs taken at any location - including the ones taken near where you are…


Added by James Morley on July 13, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Contact information for Nancy Keeler?

Dear Colleagues,

I seem to have lost touch with Nancy Keeler who I knew during the time that he was living in Paris, which was some time ago. If anyone knows of her current whereabouts, in the US, I presume pleas send her my contact details


Michael Gray

Added by michaelg on July 11, 2011 at 21:26 — No Comments

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