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July 2012 Blog Posts (40)

Americas through a lens: Colonial Office photographic collection released online

Americas through a lens are images from The National Archive's Colonial Office's Photographic Collection and include some of the earliest known photographic depictions of Canada dating…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2012 at 20:59 — No Comments

John Robert Hanna (c1850-1915)

Hello, I am interested in the Irish born New Zealand photographer John Robert Hanna (c1850-1915). The “Photogram,” of May, 1894, devoted three pages to Mr. Hanna, his studio and his work, I wonder if anyone has a copy of this edition? 

I understand his photographs "were so beautiful that they were shown to the Photographic Club, and to the London and Provincial…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on July 30, 2012 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Swindon: Back to Black and White

Inspired by the Albert Beaney collection of 40,000 photographs of Swindon residents in the 40s, 50s and 60s, 130 young people aged between 11-16 will be using these images to create their own exhibition about Swindon’s community history. 

Funded by a £25,000 award from the…


Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2012 at 11:01 — No Comments

Olympic Celebration: Athletes in Motion

To get into the swing of things, Kingston Museum will be showcasing the work of their local boy, Eadweard Muybridge, who was a pioneer in capturing motion in sequence photography. The exhibition will include not only a display of his motion experiments of humans and animals carried out in 1887, but also contemporary artist David Michalek’s own take in…


Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2012 at 10:46 — No Comments

Talk: Queen May in 3-D .....

Brian May will be presenting his 3D documentary 'Brief History of 3D' at the National Stereoscopic Association's 38th annual convention this weekend in California.

His talk will be based on a historical look at the attempts to make 3D mainstream, from the Victorian era up to the present day. The documentary first aired on Sky 3D in July…


Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2012 at 10:25 — No Comments

Take a look through a Canon's camera...

Hello, this Woodhorn Museum introducing our new Facebook page about Canon Roderick Charles MacLeod, an amateur photographer who lived in Northumberland at the turn of the 20th Century.

The MacLeod collection is housed within the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn, and this facebook…


Added by Woodhorn on July 24, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Harry Hammond - Half Way to Paradise

Halfway to Paradise will explore the exceptional work of Harry Hammond, the music photographer who documented the emergence of Rock ‘n’ Roll music in post-war Britain. From Roy Orbison and Ella Fitzgerald to Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey, the display will feature more than 60 portraits, behind the scenes and performance shots of leading musicians in the 1950s and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 22, 2012 at 8:22 — No Comments

First Photographs of Hong Kong exhibit wins award

This exhibition which was held in Hong Kong, and mentioned in a BPH post here, has been honored with the prestigious Bronze A' Design Award in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category. The Bronze A' Design Award is a prestigious award given to top…


Added by Michael Wong on July 21, 2012 at 13:57 — No Comments

DMU: Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History available for 2012/13

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its MA in Photographic History and Practice. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International.

To apply for the Wilson Fellowship, please submit your CV and a piece of recent…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Mark Haworth-Booth

Mark Haworth-Booth, the former curator of photography at the V&A Museum was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Arts on 19 July. The award was made in recognition of his scholarship in photography over a sustained period. 

See: and …


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Olympics: London 1948 photo exhibition

A special exhibition of photographs of the 1948 London Olympic Games is on showat City Hall, on the lower ground floor and the Chamber lobby (2nd floor). Entrance is free!

There are 40 photographs in the exhibition, selected from nearly 500 images in The Times Archive Collection. Most of the photographs are unpublished and unseen and almost all have been…


Added by Michael Wong on July 17, 2012 at 19:48 — No Comments

CREATE: David Bailey’s East End

David Bailey is one of east London’s most famous sons. Over the past 50 years, he has regularly returned to the stomping ground of his youth to photograph the streets and their inhabitants. This personal collection, set in an historic industrial building in London’s Royal Docks, sees him return to Newham at a time when the world’s focus is on east London. These photographs…


Added by Michael Wong on July 16, 2012 at 23:19 — No Comments

The inventor of the digital camera to speak in the UK

One of modern photography’s great names - largely unknown by the wider public - will be giving a public lecture on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society in September. The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with the National Media Museum, will present Steve Sasson: Disruptive Innovation: The Story of the First Digital Camera at London’s Science Museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Talk: Collecting the Olympic Games

In conjunction with an exhibition at the British Library on Collecting the Olympic Games Bob Wilcock is giving a talk on 1908 Marathon, the greatest race of the twentieth century, with an overview of the London 1908 games. It is illustrated with press cuttings, postcards, and private photos. Many of the images have rarely been seen since they were first…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2012 at 9:44 — No Comments

London Festival of Photography fundraising auction

This Thursday sees the closing party for the 2012 London Festival of Photography. As part of the event there will be a fundraising auction of prints from some very well known names. The money raised will be used to support the 2013 festival. Details of the event can be found here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2012 at 9:35 — No Comments

Workshops: Hands On Pictures

Hands On Pictures has recently updated its list of 2012 workshops. Of particular interest is the 21 and 22 September workshop on the development of photography from Niepce's first ideas to the daguerreotype process. This will be a practical demonstration workshop leading on to a hands-on workshop. It will be given by David Burder who is one of the world's leading…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

Website: Timeline of Historical Film Colors

Timeline of Historical Film Colors is a database  compiled by Barbara Flueckiger, professor of film studies at the University of Zurich, in partnership with the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film, Zurich…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2012 at 8:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Great Wall–Photographs Then and Now

This exhibition using the juxtaposition of 140 old and new photographs of the Great Wall shows an authentic portrayal of one of the great wonders of the world. Using images taken by archaeologists, geographers, travellers and enthusiasts over the last 140 years - both Chinese and from the West - it shows the wall and watch towers then and now allowing the viewer to grasp the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography: Reminder and extension

Upon request from several applicants worldwide, the deadline for submissions to the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography originally set to September 1, has been extended until September 15, 2012.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Shpilman Institute for Photography announce the opening of the 2012 edition of the Shpilman…


Added by Nissan N. Perez on July 15, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Faking It is divided into seven sections, each focusing on a different set of motivations for manipulating the camera image. “Picture Perfect” explores 19th-century photographers’ efforts to compensate for the new medium’s technical limitations—specifically, its inability to depict the world the way it looks to the naked eye. To augment…


Added by Michael Wong on July 14, 2012 at 21:37 — 1 Comment

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