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August 2012 Blog Posts (40)

Exhibition: Royal Geographical Society in Asia from 1862 to 1955

This exhibition consists of almost 100 years of photography starting with Clarence Taylor's 1862 work in Nepal and finishing with the great expeditions to Everest and Kanchenjunga in the 1950s. It also introduces the impressive collections from the Society of historic maps, over half million photographs dating from 1850 to the present, rare boos etc.

The exhibition…


Added by Michael Wong on August 31, 2012 at 13:18 — No Comments

Booklet: Hurter and Driffield

Ron Callender has published a small illustrated booklet Mr Driffield and Dr Hurter. Their lives & times in pictures. The booklet provides a useful summary of their lives and work. The booklet is available from Ron Callender for £4.50 including postage. Email:

The Royal…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 30, 2012 at 20:29 — No Comments

Job: Collections Information Officer - Media Space

Here's another offering from the new Media Space in London - good luck!

Fixed term part time contract until 31st March 2013

The ScienceMuseum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. Media Space is a major new gallery space development which will house a series of temporary…


Added by Michael Wong on August 30, 2012 at 11:47 — No Comments

Job: Head Photograph Conservator, Qatar

The Media Museum collection consists of over 100,000 objects including an important collection of 19th and 20th century photographs. Classification of these objects consist of early daguerreotypes and salt prints, albums and photographically illustrated books to contemporary colour photographs.

Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) has acquired…


Added by Nicholas Couts on August 29, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Job: Head Librarian, Media Museum, Qatar

The Head Librarian, International Media Museum (IMM), is responsible for providing library and research services for the organization and maintenance of the photographic research library and its collections and establishing a public reference library.



The Head Librarian reports directly to the Museum Director and provides librarian…


Added by Nicholas Couts on August 29, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Jobs: Media Space - Associate Curator (2)

Are you an art curator looking to join a cross-discipline team exploring and questioning science, technology and visual media? The Science Museum Group is looking for two motivated individuals with experience of researching, developing and delivering artist-led exhibitions, events and participatory projects for adult audiences. You will be self-motivated and able to work…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2012 at 5:00 — No Comments

Next London Photograph Fair - September 9th

Don't forget - the next London Photograph Fair is on September 9th - with 40 dealers exhibiting vintage and modern photography, alongside a wide range of photobooks. New exhbitors include Dennis and Erin Waters from the USA ( and from Israel, Vivienne Silver-Brody (…


Added by James Kerr on August 28, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Carshalton Camera Club Diamond Anniversary

To mark Carshalton Camera Club's 60th anniversary there will be a special exhibition in Sutton Library (South London). It will be opened by Tom…


Added by Kath Shawcross on August 26, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

Retrospective Exhibition of Holography at the Royal College of Art

Between 1985 and 1995 the RCA in London was an international centre of excellence for artists working with holography. A forthcoming retrospective exhibition at The Glue Factory in Glasgow is the first to focus on this remarkably creative episode in the history of this relatively new and still developing medium, and a rare opportunity to see some of the groundbreaking work…


Added by Jonathan Ross on August 26, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

NPG allows free non commercial use of images

The National Portrait Gallery is to allow free downloads and non-commercial use of its images, reports Museums JournalThe change means that more than 53,000 low-resolution images are now available free of charge to non-commercial users through a standard Creative Commons…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 23, 2012 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Scotland's Colourful Record

Did you know that almost 80 years ago, Scotland's Daily Record was the first newspaper in the world to use colour? This was a ground-breaking achievement that eventually lead the world to colour printing and photography. 

Over the next two weeks they will reveal more stunning pictures from their photographic collection – from the iconic to the never before…


Added by Michael Wong on August 23, 2012 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

David Knights-Whittome, Edwardian photographer

We have in our archives a large (10,000+) collection of glass plate negatives which came from the Edwardian photographer David Knights-Whittome. We're beginning work on a project to preserve and make them more widely available. This will be a massive task as some of the plates are broken but worse some are stuck to their original envelopes or image pealing off. As a starting…


Added by Kath Shawcross on August 23, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Britain Then and Now

A new 60-minute documentary for ITV1 follows the residents of one East London street as they attempt to turn back the clock and re-enact a street party held for the Coronation to the last detail. Part of the programme recreated Picture Post photographer John Chillingworth's 1953 classic photograph with John using the same models of cameras that he had back in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 23, 2012 at 11:02 — No Comments

The First Frederick Scott Archer Biography

Included in the 'Catchers of the Light' - a History of Astrophotography is a chapter on Frederick Scott Archer. As such it represents the first biography of this much neglected pioneer of photography; based on research into contemporary documentary records, which correct many of the errors and inaccuracies found in the usual sources.



Added by Dr. Stefan Hughes on August 20, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

Scanning and archive equipment

Special Auction Services is to offer equipment from an archive and library digitisation business which includes an ICAM Guardian book table (see: which originally cost £14,000 and is being offered with an estimate of £1000/1500. The table and other parts are pneumatically…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2012 at 18:19 — 1 Comment

The other Shackleton .....

One of the largest collections of early photographs by a female photographer in Ireland was taken by Jane W. Shackleton from the late 1800s. Jane was married to Joseph F. Shackleton of the famous Shackleton family. She developed a keen interest in photography in the 1880s when her children were young, so her first subjects included family and friends, and the area…


Added by Michael Wong on August 19, 2012 at 17:42 — No Comments

Glimpses of Imperial Bengal

I was always appreciative and fascinated by the Imperial Heritage of Bengal and Calcutta. Amidst all the changes, the city still retains the pristine charm of the Raj era architecture, which are subjects of my deep interest and photographic narratives. Not only as visual documentation, but trying to create artistic compositions to capture the aristocratic ambience and exclusivity of many such buildings and premises, some of which are…


Added by Anirban Mitra on August 19, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Classic holograms in Rugby

A chance to see some classic holograms and examples of the latest digital and full colour techniques, in the city where holography was invented, at the Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. Exhibition runs until 1 September 2012. More details are available here: …


Added by Jonathan Ross on August 18, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Book: Scottish Studio Photographers to 1914

The Scottish Record Society has published D. Richard Torrance's Scottish Studio Photographers to 1914 and workers in the Scottish photographic industry (ISSN 01439448). The two-volume case bound books total some 850 pages. There is a useful introduction to the research in volume 1. The set costs £20 plus postage and can be ordered from: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2012 at 13:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: everything was moving: photography from the 60s and 70s

This major photography exhibition surveys the medium from an international perspective, and includes renowned photographers from across the globe, all working during two of the most memorable decades of the 20th Century. everything was moving: photography from the 60s and 70s tells a history of photography, through the photography of history. It brings together over 350…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

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