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August 2011 Blog Posts (33)

Vintage Exposed Film

This really charming story was sent to me and I thought I would share it with you. If you are not familiar with Lomo / Diana F or Holga cameras then hopefully this will open up a new area for you.

Added by Nicholas Brewer on August 31, 2011 at 21:19 — No Comments

Conference: In Search of Natural Colors - 150 Years of Color Photography

A public meeting of the German Society for Photography (DGPh) and the Victoria & Albert Museum in Wolfen on the 28th and 29th October 2011 in the auditorium of the former Agfa/Orwo film factory, Bitterfeld-Wolfen.

2011 represents two cultural and technical-historical anniversaries: 150…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2011 at 9:47 — No Comments

Conference: Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits Across Asia

To coincide with the Freer and Sackler exhibition POWER | PLAY China’s Empress Dowager (photographs of the Empress Dowager Cixi, dating from c.1903), the Japan Art History Forum will be holding a special conference focusing on the subject of imperial portraiture across…


Added by Michael Wong on August 31, 2011 at 6:46 — 1 Comment

Portraits of one of History's most powerful Woman

The life of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) was anything but conventional. She rose in power from a low-ranking imperial concubine to Grand Empress Dowager of the Qing court, reigning as sovereign to more than 400 million people for more than 45 years.

On public display for the first time will be 19 stunning life-sized, photographic portraits of the Empress…


Added by Michael Wong on August 31, 2011 at 6:45 — No Comments

Help Hercule Poirot solve this Shooting

Not gun shot wounds, but shots of of miners in the Rhondda Valley and men working at the Powell Duffryn Pit and Penallta Mine in Ystrad Mynach taken by an unsung Fleet Street photojournalist, James Jarché, in the 1930s. 

Now, his grandson, David Suchet, best known for playing Agatha Christie’s iconic Belgian detective, is coming to Wales this October to film…


Added by Michael Wong on August 30, 2011 at 7:52 — No Comments

Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom

Some years ago I bought a this little badge as an interesting item of photographic history. I'm posting the picture here to see what comments fellow members of this forum might make. There are many interesting details about a number of the conventions on the Edinburgh photo website…


Added by Ian Wallace on August 29, 2011 at 20:00 — No Comments

Ghost signs (NY)

You may be interested in this New Yorker's project:

Added by Hans P Kraus Jr Inc on August 29, 2011 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

BFI new master film store

The BBC is carrying a short film showing the new BFI master film store at Gaydon.  A new state-of-the-art storage facility is set to ensure the most fragile parts of the British Film Institute's film archive will be kept safe for future generations.

The BFI's £12 million Master Film Store in Gaydon, Warwickshire will open next month.

The new building has been…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2011 at 11:28 — No Comments

Royal Photographic Society names new Director General

The Trustees of the Royal Photographic Society today (22 August) announced the appointment of Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, a former Christie's photographic specialist and director, as its new Director General to spearhead the Society's national and international profile.

Michael Pritchard takes up the post on 20 September and will be responsible for managing The…


Added by Michael Wong on August 28, 2011 at 6:30 — 7 Comments

Book: Believing Is Seeing

In Believing is Seeing Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris turns his eye to the nature of truth in photography. In his inimitable style, Morris untangles the mysteries behind an eclectic range of documentary photographs, from the ambrotype of three children found clasped in the hands of an unknown soldier at Gettysburg to the indelible portraits of the WPA…


Added by Michael Wong on August 27, 2011 at 12:52 — No Comments

George Eastman House: Into the Digital Age

Founded in 1947 on the estate of Kodak founder George Eastman, the world’s oldest photography museum holds an unparalleled collection of over 400,000 images from 9,000 photographers. These significant photo archives span from daguerreotypes to digital photographs, including such unique artist collections such as Southworth & Hawes, Lewis Hine, and Edward…


Added by Michael Wong on August 27, 2011 at 12:40 — No Comments

A night at the Auction

The London Street Photography Festival 2011 was drawn to an official close last night at an operatic evening of celebration, music, drinks, food, fun, laughter (not necessary in that order!) and a charity auction of exhibition prints to help fund next year's event. 

Held at the magnificent German Gymnasium in Kings Cross, the venue was packed to the brim with…


Added by Michael Wong on August 25, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

Ghost Signs

I have been busy photographing historic faded adverts for just over a year now. It has been great to record these important symbols of our culture in a creative way. I donate all the work to The History of Advertising Trust who are compiling an archive.

Ghost Signs of London is the link to see the latest work. I am trying to build up some historical information about each of the…


Added by Nicholas Brewer on August 25, 2011 at 10:35 — 3 Comments

Night Photographers

I'm trying to get some biographical material on Harold Burdekin and John Morrison who jointly published a book on night photography of London circa 1930 and on the photography of Alfred Howarth Blake, founder of The Society of Night Photographers of England and London Correspondent of American Photographer, member of the Linked Ring, nickname "Cockney"  active around the turn of the 20th century.  Any help, pointers etc., will be appreciated.

Donald Stewart  

Added by Donald Stewart on August 24, 2011 at 18:16 — 1 Comment

19th century’s great portraitist: Julia Margaret Cameron

If you happen to be visiting New York City this autumn, do drop into 962 Park Avenue at 82nd Street where you can view a fine display of more than 20 albumen prints from 1864 to 1874 taken by 19th century British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879). Although a late starter in photography at the age of 48, she is considered one of 19th century’s greatest…


Added by Michael Wong on August 24, 2011 at 9:35 — No Comments

It's all black & white at the British Science Festival 2011.....

The British Science Festival is one of Europe's largest science festivals, taking place each September. Each year the Festival travels to a different UK location, bringing you the latest in science, technology and engineering. For 2011, it will take place in the historic city of Bradford from Saturday 10th September -…


Added by Michael Wong on August 23, 2011 at 14:32 — No Comments

Photography @ Nottinghamshire Archives

As part of their lunchtime talks, the Nottinghamshire Archives will this year be exploring the fascinating world of photographs. Talks include archivist Chris Weir delving into the archives to highlight a selection of fascinating photos, local historian Peter Hammond looking at the history of family portraiture in Nottinghamshire, archivist Peter Lester exploring different…


Added by Michael Wong on August 22, 2011 at 22:11 — No Comments

Louis Adolphe Humbert de Molard (1800-1874)

A special exhibition dedicated to the photographic techniques used in the age of Louis Daguerre has been organised by the museums of Bry-sur-Marne and Lagny-sur-Marne. One of the highlights of the exhibit will be the display of part of a collection of about 50 prints by Louis Adolphe Humbert de Molard, never shown before to the general public.

From a rich Parisian…


Added by Michael Wong on August 22, 2011 at 21:41 — No Comments

The Bunnell Decades

As Princeton's first professor of the history of photography, from 1972 to 2002, Peter C. Bunnell mentored a generation of scholar-curators while building one of the great North American teaching collections. In celebration of the endowment of the Peter C. Bunnell Curatorship of Photography, this exhibition presents a “timeline” of works representing the major photography…


Added by Michael Wong on August 19, 2011 at 20:38 — No Comments

Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century

Continuing in the Royal Academy's Sackler Wing is the highly acclaimed Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century  Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkácsi until  2 October 2011.  The exhibition is dedicated to the birth of modern photography, featuring the work of Brassaï, Robert Capa, André Kertész, László Moholy Nagy and Martin Munkácsi. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

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