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September 2011 Blog Posts (49)

Kodak to Declare Bankruptcy?

The news doesn't look good for Eastman Kodak. From the Wall Street JournalKodak Hires Restructuring LawyersEastman Kodak Co. has hired law firm Jones Day for restructuring advice as it faces growing concerns from investors over its turnaround prospects, people familiar with the matter…


Added by Mark Jacobs on September 30, 2011 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: John Chillingworth - The Innocence of Childhood

These pictures of children from the 1950s and ‘60s, are a mere fraction of John Chillingworth’s work, but remain as fresh today as they were when picture magazines were at their zenith. In the 1950s John was a member of the ‘star’ team of photographic journalists whose images told stories for the seminal British picture magazine, Picture Post.  During the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 30, 2011 at 18:20 — No Comments

RPS gets a new President

After the appointment of a new Director-General a few weeks ago, the Royal Photographic Society has today announced its new President. 

Roy Robertson, its first Scottish president since the Earl of Crawford in 1897, resides in…


Added by Michael Wong on September 30, 2011 at 13:55 — No Comments

Auction: Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War

Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War is a compilation of 100 photographs of the American Civil War (1861-1865), made by Alexander Gardner and other photographers (Timothy O’Sullivan, John Reekie, David Knox, D.B. Woodbury etc.) in his employ. This two-volume book contained 50 hand-mounted original prints. 

Lot 42 will be auctioned off at a forthcoming Sotheby's… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on September 30, 2011 at 13:46 — No Comments

Cundall's London in 1844

I came across a blog featuring a fascinating image of London with St Paul's in the background taken in 1844 by Joseph Cundall (1818-1895) (aka Stephen Percy). He was both a Victorian children’s book publisher as well as an early pioneer of photography. Ever eager to 'network', Cundall would provide employment for many of the best artists of the day by using them as…


Added by Michael Wong on September 29, 2011 at 15:18 — No Comments

Exhibition: Julia Margaret Cameron Photographs of Children

A small display featuring portraits of children by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79), one of the most influential figures in early photography, opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum's Museum of Childhood, London on 15 October 2011. It closes on 13 February 2012

The images explore Cameron’s vision of childhood, in which children are sacred and the embodiment of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 28, 2011 at 21:44 — No Comments

Exhibition: Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism

The V+A has a small display running - curated by Marta Weiss - that explores photographs that make reference to themselves, other media and texts. It aims to demonstrate how such Postmodernist approaches to photography have persisted for over 30 years. Spanning the mid-1970s to the present day, it shows work by some of the most influential artists associated with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2011 at 18:11 — No Comments

2012 International Street Photography Awards

The International Street Photography Award is looking for exceptional international photographers that display a unique style and depth of work in the genre of street photography. The genre crosses over into portraiture, documentary and art photography (see the 2011 finalists for inspiration and a guide to what defines street photography). The 2011 winners can be seen…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2011 at 9:53 — No Comments

Bradford: Ways of Seeing photography festival

BPH recently took notice of a new photography festival based in Bradford (click to see the original posting). The Yorkshire Post carries an interview with Anne McNeill, the Director of Impressions Gallery, who co-founded and has been…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments

Scott's Last Expedition: A Centenary Celebration

The Natural History Museum in London will be hosting a groundbreaking new exhibition in 2012 exploring the captivating story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913, the Terra Nova expedition. 

The exhibition goes beyond the familiar tales of the journey to the South Pole and the death of the Polar Party to explore the Terra…


Added by Michael Wong on September 25, 2011 at 8:49 — No Comments

Newly discovered early photographs by Linnaeus Tripe of India and Burma to be sold

Mention was made here of Tripe photographs being  offered by Bonhams. Sotheby's has now revealed that it will be offering an important cache of previously unseen Tripe material. 

Sotheby's London is pleased to announce that it will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 24, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Muybridge's Revolver

On October 17th 1874, Kingston born photographer Eadweard Muybridge shot dead the drama critic of The San Francisco Post, Harry Larkyns, with a single bullet from a Smith and Wesson No 2 revolver. A jury, convinced by lawyers under the patronage of railroad magnate Leland Stanford, acquitted him of “justifiable homicide” and Muybridge went on to photograph and publish his…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2011 at 17:41 — No Comments

Book: Eduard Spelterini and the Spectacle of Images: The Coloured Slides of the Pioneer Balloonist

The Swiss Eduard Spelterini (1852-1931) was perhaps Europe's greatest pioneer of ballooning in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was the first to cross in a balloon and photograph from the air the Alps in 1898 and to take aerial photographs of the pyramids of Giza, ancient Persian cities and South Africa's gold mines.

Born an inn-keeper's son in a remote…


Added by Michael Wong on September 22, 2011 at 21:33 — No Comments

Book: The Invention of Paradise 1845-1870: Paul-Aemile Miot

Photographs from the 1869—1870 Polynesian excursion of the French Navy Commander, Paul-Émile Miot (1827—1900) An elaborate, handsome book of formerly unpublished photographs, drawings and objects from Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. When the French Navy Commander Paul-Émile Miot was sent to Oceania on the Astréein 1869, he took his camera equipment along, as he…


Added by Michael Wong on September 22, 2011 at 21:27 — No Comments

Help needed with magazine citation:

I am writing an article for a newish photography publication in Bristol. the article I am writing is on early street photography and I was hoping to use some images by some well known and lesser known street photographers. Does anyone know how it works with reproducing photographs in this way? Do you just need to cite the image source or would I/the magazine need to pay for the use? If anybody knows anything about this sort of thing i would appreciate a professional opinion as I am rather new… Continue

Added by Gavin Maitland on September 22, 2011 at 19:16 — 2 Comments

Alex Novak: A bit about me

I am one of the world's largest private photography dealers and am interested in all areas of photo history from early 19th-century to contemporary. In the 19th-century area, I have a particular interest in quality early paper, including salt prints and paper negatives. I have one of the largest and most diverse paper negative collections (and early glass negatives--prior to 1865--as well) in private hands.  Besides the 19th-century, my photographic interests extend to Between-the-Wars…


Added by Alex Novak on September 21, 2011 at 20:30 — No Comments

Job: NMeM Sales and Service Manager

The National Media Museum is dedicated to delivering a world-class Front of House operation every day. As Sales and Service Manager, you will implement the service strategy to ensure that we provide a consistently exceptional visitor experience while meeting sales and income targets for retail and cinemas.

You will have full responsibility for sales and service in our Meet and Greet areas, in the Box Office, our cinemas (including IMAX) and Galleries 1 and 2. A strong track record of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2011 at 18:05 — No Comments

National Gallery focuses on photography in 2012

'Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present', which is slated to open next October, will showcase "exceptional examples" of early and contemporary photography in a display which will span 150 years of the medium.

Works will include those by leading photographers including Tom Hunter, Thomas Struth, Craigie…


Added by Michael Wong on September 20, 2011 at 22:34 — No Comments

Why it's worth to be a Devon-born Victorian photographer in Burma in 1855

Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was a career army officer in the Madras establishment of the East India Company. In June 1855, Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General, recommended that Tripe be appointed to Arthur Phayre's mission to Ava. The climate, bad weather and Tripe's health meant that he had to telescope what he expected to accomplish in four months into thirty-six days,…


Added by Michael Wong on September 20, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Eyes on Taiwan

The following site give a good description of the current exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts which includes 22 John Thomson images acknowledging the source from which the origination was taken (by me!) courtesy of the Wellcome Trust Library which takes an extremely enlightened view with regard for the use of their material for academic purposes, in particular,…


Added by michaelg on September 20, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

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