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July 2012 Blog Posts (40)

Lillian Bassman

There is an interesting show I intend to visit at The Wapping Project Bankside that opened this week. See It features the work of the late, great Lillian Bassman who sadly died in February this year as well as other key photographers represented by the…


Added by Ian Glover on July 13, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

The Science Museum Group Annual Report and Accounts 2011−2012

The Science Museum Group Annual Report and Accounts 2011−2012 has been published. Of particular interest to BPH readers will be the sections dealing with the National Media Museum. Some of the highlight facts are: 

  • Another significant collaboration within the Group during the year has been the ongoing development of Media Space. This gallery,…

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2012 at 13:36 — No Comments

Job: NMeM, Senior Marketing Executive

The National Media Museum is seeking internal applicants for the postion of Senior Marketing Executive. The post holder will make a significant contribution to the realisation of our ambition of becoming the best Museum Group in the world. They will work with the Communications Manager to develop strategy which has innovation and visitor insight right at its heart. They will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2012 at 13:20 — No Comments

Historical Photographs of China

This project is a collaboration between scholars at the University of BristolUniversity of Lincoln, the Institut d'Asie Orientale and …


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2012 at 6:33 — No Comments

Saving China's photographic heritage

The BBC website carries news of a rising interest in China's photographic heritage. The article begins:  China's photographic record begins only in the 1970s because nearly all earlier pictures were destroyed. The ones that survived are mostly outside China, and a major effort is now under way to bring them together online, says Mary Ward-Lowery.

Twelve years ago a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2012 at 5:30 — 2 Comments

Talbot letter up for auction (UPDATED)

Sotheby's is to offer an autograph letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, signed, in French to Antonion Bertolini, referring  to  the  latter's  Flora  Italica  and  discussing  some  specimens  he  has  collected. The letter will be sold on 10 July 2012 in London and is estimated at £4000-6000. The full catalogue entry can be found here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 10, 2012 at 22:03 — No Comments

Kensington Palace does photography .....

What a blessed invention photography is!’ Queen Victoria, 20 March 1859.

Host to the late Stuart and early Hanoverian courts, as well as the childhood home of Queen Victoria, Kensington Palace will celebrate 2012 with an exhibition on Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897, as well as holding a series of adult learning…


Added by Michael Wong on July 10, 2012 at 18:35 — No Comments

Tyne & Wear Archives: Criminals of 1871-1873

The  Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have recently published on-line what is thought to be the last surviving album of Victorian criminal photographs from the Newcastle area, ranging from ragamuffin children to the elderly and infirm, of all ages.

These sepia images, to help with the identification of criminal classes and to support theories about criminal…


Added by Michael Wong on July 10, 2012 at 13:04 — No Comments

Hollywood Movie Stills

London's excellent and little known Cinema Museum is holding a special evening event on 12 July celebrating the Hollywood movie still. Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe… It is through the eye of the stills camera that we experience and recall some of the cinema’s most memorable events and faces.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2012 at 20:20 — No Comments

Job: Curator, Ikon Gallery

Ikon, one of the UK’s leading international contemporary art galleries seeks to appoint a  dynamic and creative individual to the post of Curator. They will work with the Director to initiate and deliver an ambitious exhibition programme at the gallery and off-site. The successful candidate will have at least five years’ experience of working with contemporary visual art…


Added by Michael Wong on July 8, 2012 at 14:58 — No Comments

Job: Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) is a major center for the study, interpretation, presentation, and collecting of photography, with over 27,000 photographs in the collection offering a comprehensive international history of the medium from its origins in the 1840s to the present. The Museum is committed to continuing its legacy and history of achievement…


Added by Michael Wong on July 8, 2012 at 14:58 — No Comments

Isenburg collection of early photography sells for $15 million

Just released information discloses that the Matthew R. Isenburg Collection of early photography has sold to the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) for a record $15 million, and has now been moved to its new home in Toronto, Canada where a new museum facility is being designed for its future display.  This is the most significant, and historically important, sale of photographic material of the last 50 years; a deal that was conceived and brokered by vintage photography dealer, Greg French, of…


Added by Rob McElroy on July 7, 2012 at 16:00 — 3 Comments

Photohistory thesis wins Coleman Prize

A PhD thesis examining the growth of British photographic manufacturing and retailing between 1839 and 1914 has won the Association of Business Historian's 2012 Coleman Prize for the best PhD in business history. Named in honour of the British Business Historian Donald Coleman, the prize is awarded annually to recognise excellence in new research in the field and is open internationally.

Michael Pritchard's PhD thesis was undertaken at De Montfort University between 2007 and 2010…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2012 at 8:30 — 9 Comments

Exhibition: Early Portrait Photography in India

The Museum für Fotografie is exhibiting a collection of around 280 portraits taken in India and Sri Lanka during the second half of the 19th century, at the height of Britain’s imperial might.  The collection, which belongs to the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, was thought to have been lost during the Second World War and only came back to Berlin after…


Added by Michael Wong on July 5, 2012 at 12:53 — No Comments

National Media Museum visitor numbers continue to fall

As in past years BPH is able to report the latest Association of Leading Visitor Attractions visitor numbers survey (see: The National Media Museum, Bradford, saw visitors of 446,668 a fall of 7.6% compared to 2010.

In summary recent visitor…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 4, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: First ever photos of Orientalistic Land of Israel

A new photo exhibition on the "Orientalist" Land of Israel will include images of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Monastery of St. John in the Wilderness located south of Jerusalem taken from a book by Jerusalem's city engineer, Ermete Pierotti, who lived in Ottoman Palestine between 1854 and 1861.

The photos in the book,…


Added by Michael Wong on July 4, 2012 at 9:37 — No Comments

Exhibition: Olympics Through Media

Olympics Through Media traces the evolution of the modern Olympics through the development of photography and motion pictures from the eighteenth century to today has opened in Doha. The exhibition, organised to coincide with the 30th Olympiad in London, and is a collaboration between the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and the Qatar Museums Authority’s Media…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 4, 2012 at 5:31 — No Comments

An Exclusive PhotoVoice Evening - Jillian Edelstein in conversation with Sue Steward

Jillian Edelstein in conversation with Sue Steward

17 July  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm



PhotoVoice and…


Added by Juliet Vine on July 3, 2012 at 0:02 — No Comments

Is There a Need for a Film Poster Archive & Curator?

The world's largest and most comprehensive film poster archive needs a new home. Please see:

Best suited for a museum or library hoping to attract an entirely new audience who may never have visited before. Movies are loved the world over and these posters are sure to create…


Added by dwight cleveland on July 2, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

Interesting take on 1900 trades

This rather rare children's book of poetry and lithographic illustrations relating to various kinds of employment - some quite unusual - was first published in Fleet St in London in 1900"


Added by Alan Pritchard on July 2, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

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