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October 2010 Blog Posts (38)

Mystery camera.....

Anyone care to take a wild guess on what camera this might be?

Added by Michael Wong on October 31, 2010 at 17:00 — 7 Comments

V&A Photography Department newsletter

The V&A Photography department produce a regular newsletter reporting on their activities. The latest edition can be found here: November Newsletter.pdf

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2010 at 8:58 — No Comments

Seminar: Shanghai shashin? The China Portfolio of Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Presented by Dr Luke Gartlan (School of Art History, University of St Andrews). In 1876 at the height of his career, the Yokohama-based photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried travelled to Shanghai to undertake a portfolio of 'Chinese characters'. All but forgotten since its completion, this paper argues that the commercial failure of this portfolio highlights the potential schisms that could emerge between the work of nineteenth-century…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2010 at 8:47 — No Comments

NMeM funding cut by 15 per cent

Britain's flagship photography institution will lose 15% in Government grants over the next four years as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review, Amateur Photographer has revealed.

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £81 billion pounds worth of public spending cutbacks.

A spokesman for the National Media Museum (NMM), which is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire told Amateur Photographer today: 'We know that our…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2010 at 4:24 — No Comments

Job: Photographers' Gallery - Development Office

The Photographers’ Gallery is the largest public gallery dedicated to photography. This is a very exciting time for the Gallery. Construction work has recently begun on a major redevelopment project to expand and transform the Gallery’s premises on Ramillies Street, just off Oxford Street. Scheduled to reopen late 2011 it will include three galleries, an education floor, enhanced retail spaces, a ground floor café and full disabled access.

The Development Officer (Admin) will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2010 at 4:19 — No Comments

Muybridge caught using the iPhone ...

To coincide and to celebrate the current Muybridge exhibition, Tate Britian has announced the launch of its The Muybridgizer App on the itunes App store.

The app allows iPhone users to freeze-frame the moving world around them just as Muybridge did with subjects ranging from… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 28, 2010 at 10:31 — No Comments

First photo of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls - one of the most photographed scenic sights in the world. But do you know who was the first person to do so?

Well, the honour bestows on a Newcastle industrialist by the name of Hugh Lee Pattinson in April 1840. At that time he was just getting to grips the early form of photography introduced by Daguerre. On a business trip, Pattinson… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 28, 2010 at 10:23 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: The Staging of Artists in photography of the 19th and 20th century

"Bohemia is the first stage in artistic life; it is the preface to the Academy, the hospital, or the Morgue."

The term from the French author Henri Murger's 1851 novel, Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, became synonymous with 19th century artists. In the middle of this period in which the legend of the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 26, 2010 at 16:45 — No Comments

Book: Siam Days of Glory: 19th Century Photographs of Thailand

A new book, which I have been informed has British interests, has just been published showcasing a collection of privately owned, rare and original images of Siam in the 19th century.

It features images of the royal family, ceremonies, temples, palaces, fashion, transportation, Chao Praya river, scenes of daily life and the ethnic diversity found in… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 26, 2010 at 11:38 — No Comments

Exhibition: London Street Photography 1860-2010

As mentioned in an earlier blog, to coincide with the opening of the new Galleries, details of the street photography exhibition based on the Museum's Historic Photographic Collection have been announced.

Entitled "London Street Photography", it…

Added by Michael Wong on October 24, 2010 at 14:27 — No Comments

UK history photo finder @ The National Archives

The National Archives has been developing a number of new and innovative ways of sharing, re-using and accessing their data.

One of them is the UK History Photo Finder which allows one to search and view digitised historical photographs…

Added by Michael Wong on October 24, 2010 at 14:24 — No Comments

Rejlander & Cameron: The Odd Couple?

The exhibition "For my best beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron" has just opened yesterday.…


Added by Michael Wong on October 24, 2010 at 13:36 — No Comments

Conference: The Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0

Call for Papers: The Versatile Image 24-26 June 2011, University of Sunderland. The 21st century digital universe is undoubtedly a “hypervisual” environment with photographic images dominating every aspect of our life. The “digital revolution”, as professed with awe and skepticism some twenty years ago, has come to stay, and, together with the developments in mobile-phone technology and the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2010 at 3:32 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Claude White (1853-1918)

Having achieved an impressive hammer price for an album of rare Tibetian photos at a recent Bonhams auction as reported here… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 22, 2010 at 21:31 — No Comments

Beato and Early China Photography @ The Getty

For those BPH members with a taste for the Orient, you will be pleased to know that The Getty will be holding two special exhibitions in the near future.…


Added by Michael Wong on October 22, 2010 at 18:33 — No Comments

Auction: Matthew Brady

Among the most anticipated lots of a recent auction in Texas was a half-plate ambrotype of “The Gallant Pelham,” a native… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 21, 2010 at 23:40 — No Comments

The Camera Obscura: public lecture

On Monday, 25 October between 1-2.30pm Roger Smith, a maker as well as authority on the camera obscura, will be giving an introduction to this popular optical instrument, via a lecture and demonstration. The event is a collaboration between the Museum and the Bodleian Library. Meet at 1pm in the Convocation House, entered via the Divinity School, Old Bodleian Library. There is no charge.

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2010 at 23:13 — No Comments

First 3D exhibition @ Gallery on the Green

The Gallery on the Green has been open in the decommissioned red telephone box on Settle’s village green since 2009. With its claim to be “probably the smallest art gallery in the world” it shows nothing larger… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 21, 2010 at 22:43 — No Comments

And/Or Book Awards: Photography and Film

Submissions are now open for the 2011 prize, for books published or distributed in the UK between 1 Janury and 31 December 2010. The winners will be announced in April. The photography judging panel this year is made up of photographer Mary McCartney; Yuka Yamaji, head of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

The British Contribution to Early British Columbia Photography

Any BPH members carrying out research in this area will be pleased to know that there is a talk on British photographers who came to British Columbia in the 19th century. These early pioneers were there not only to record events, locations and people, but also to promote investment or immigration.

Photo historian & author, David Mattison, from the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 15, 2010 at 10:23 — No Comments

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