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August 2013 Blog Posts (20)

Conference call: Anthropology and Photography

The Royal Anthropological Institute is pleased to announce that a conference ‘Anthropology and Photography’ will take place at the British Museum, Clore Centre, in conjunction with the museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre between 29-31 May 2014. The aim of the Conference is to stimulate an international discussion on the place, role and future of photography. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 30, 2013 at 18:56 — No Comments

Settle hosts Brian May's diableries

 Victoria Hall, Settle, North Yorkshire, is hosting Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, a lecture by Brian May and fellow authors. The 3D presentation and lecture celebrates the publication of the London Stereoscopic Company's Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell by Dr Brian May CBE, Denis Pellerin and Paula…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 30, 2013 at 17:25 — No Comments

Ark Press Pop-up Exhibition

ARK PRESS is a publishing platform and website which seeks to save and promote vernacular photographs relating to all areas of British social history. We will be having a mini-pop-up show of images from the ARK at Bristol's Parlour Showrooms this Friday and Saturday. Come down anytime between 10am and 8pm or join us on Friday night from 5pm for a drinks and social reception at 31/31a College Green Bristol BS1 5TB

“I love saving things…


Added by Gavin Maitland on August 29, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

Encounters: Photograph albums and their stories

A new photography exhibition, open from 22 October 2013 – 30 May 2014, at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive will show a different and intimate side of the Museum’s collection.

‘Encounters: Photograph albums and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 28, 2013 at 20:16 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Film and Broadcast Exhibitions (National Media Museum)

The National Media Museum, Bradford are looking for a confident, flexible and highly skilled Curator to join their Collections & Exhibitions team. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your curatorial career by leading the content team for our 2014 summer exhibition. You will also manage two Associate Curators and take responsibility for all aspects of our…


Added by Michael Wong on August 27, 2013 at 23:34 — No Comments

Opening lecture: Viviane Sassen in Conversation with Anne Lyden

Viviane Sassen is one of the most exciting figures in contemporary fashion photography. In celebration of her first retrospective, In and Out of Fashion, on show at the Portrait Gallery, Sassen will be in conversation with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Information request: 1859 Soldier

Hello, I am looking for information about this 1859 photo of a soldier,  It's an albumen print, 20.5 x 15.5 cm, ink inscription under the print; Harvey Bruce, LT, 1859.

Any information, even about the uniform or sword would be appreciated.

Thanks, David…


Added by David McGreevy on August 24, 2013 at 22:00 — 7 Comments

A tour of a Chinese railway factory 1920 and 2010

It is always interesting to see how a photographic genre persists over time. I recently had the opportunity to see how one genre - ‘The important overseas visitor tours a factory’ remained constant over about 85 years. The first photograph shows a Western man in business suit being shown around a railway factory in China. It was one of a group of images found in an old…


Added by John Bradley on August 19, 2013 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Florence Vandamm: blog starts, exhibition to come

We at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts have been investigating the early London career of British photographer Florence Vandamm, who worked in NYC from 1924 to her retirement in 1962.  We discovered that she opened her first studio in London in 1908.  This site has been very helpful at providing resources and links. 

The exhibition (Pioneering…


Added by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner on August 19, 2013 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Mug Shots

With crimes ranging from theft to child cruelty and rape, these photographs capture Victorian criminals immediately after arrest, and provide fascinating detail of their wretched existence – with charge sheets going as far as listing missing fingers or hands and any diseases the delinquents suffered from.

Previously unseen by the general public, the images were all…


Added by Michael Wong on August 16, 2013 at 19:11 — 3 Comments

Exhibition: Julia Margaret Cameron at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will host an exhibition of Cameron's work starting 19 August 2013 until 5 January 2014.…


Added by David McGreevy on August 15, 2013 at 14:00 — 5 Comments

Getty lifts restrictions on image use

LOS ANGELES—The Getty announced today that it was lifting restrictions on the use of images to which the Getty holds all the rights or are in the public domain. Getty President and CEO Jim Cuno made the announcement in a post on The Iris, the Getty’s…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2013 at 14:11 — 1 Comment

Guernsey Court House 1859. Photographer?

I am astounded by the generosity and knowledge of members here. Thank You.  So here is a puzzle: a photograph of the interior of the Guernsey Court House, 1859. On the back is a typewritten description listing the names of all present, titled "Figure 9" with an ink inscription:  "photograph kindly lent by Wm. Ingham" I am assuming this was lent to be published, but can find…


Added by David McGreevy on August 10, 2013 at 17:30 — 7 Comments

Job: Digitisation & Cataloguing Assistant – Aerial Photography of Commonwealth Countries (RCAHMS)

This post is based in Collections Group within the team that is responsible for the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

With financial support from Creative Scotland, RCAHMS is making a film in partnership with the Scottish Documentary Institute – …


Added by Michael Wong on August 9, 2013 at 8:18 — No Comments

Job: Manager of Design and Exhibition Services (National Media Museum)

As Manager of Design and Exhibition Services at the National Media Museum in Bradford you will lead exhibition design and production at the museum ensuring all galleries meet our high standards of design and interactivity. Providing strategic direction for the planning and scheduling of gallery replacement and life-span, you will…


Added by Michael Wong on August 9, 2013 at 8:09 — No Comments

Book: Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation

In the 1840s and 1850s, "Brady of Broadway" was one of the most successful and acclaimed Manhattan portrait galleries. Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Dolley Madison, Henry James as a boy with his father, Horace Greeley, Edgar Allan Poe, the Prince of Wales, and Jenny Lind were among the dignitaries photographed in Mathew Brady's studio. But it was during the Civil War…


Added by Michael Wong on August 9, 2013 at 7:58 — No Comments

First London Alternative Photography Collective Meeting:

This Thursday the 8th August see the inaugural meeting in what hopes to be a regular event exploring the history of photography and the application of alternative photographic processes, taking place at Double Negative Dark Rooms, 178A Glyn Road, Hackney, E5 0JE.

At 7pm, there will be informal talks from;

  • Seb Sussman, founder of the Double Negative Darkrooms. …

Added by Gavin Maitland on August 5, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

Barnardos statement: moves to preserve historic photographic archive

Following the controversy generated by the news that Barnardos was looking to divest itself or destroy its photography archive following digitisation the charity has issued a press release setting out its own position and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Annie Lyden appointed International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland

Anne M Lyden has been appointed International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland, based at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. The job was advertised earlier this year (see:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 4, 2013 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

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