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October 2011 Blog Posts (42)

V&A Exhibition: Island Stories March-September 2012

This new V&A photography exhibition will feature over eighty photographs celebrating the diversity of photography in the UK since 1945. It is one strand supporting the V&A's major exhibition British Design 1945-2012. Island Stories will look at the narratives told through individual bodies of work by photographers held in the V&A's permanent collections. Featured photographers include Elspeth Juda and Maurice Broomfield, each of whom promoted the image of Britain 'on the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2011 at 8:12 — No Comments

Glycerine Developed Platinum Prints

I am conducting research on the use of the glycerine in the development of platinum prints and have compiled a list of artists that have used it in the United States, including Kasebier, Clarence White, F. Holland Day, Stieglitz, and of course Joseph Keiley (amongst others.)  However, I have very few examples of artists using the technique in Europe.  If anyone has any leads I might follow I would really appreciate your help.  Thank you!

Added by Adrienne Lundgren on October 31, 2011 at 0:25 — 2 Comments

Archive: Local Bygones

Local Bygones is a new website featuring thousands of photographs from North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. Created by NWN Media, the interactive site displays pictures from its vast photographic archive, some of which date back to the 19th…


Added by Michael Wong on October 30, 2011 at 21:37 — No Comments

Britain's leading photography curators together

Sean O'Hagan in The Observer newspaper interviews four of Britain's leading photography curators. Martin Barnes of the V&A, Brett Rogers of the Photographers' Gallery, Simon Baker of Tate Modern and Charlotte Cotton of Media Space [the National Media Museum] discuss the place of photography in their respective organisations and more widely. The wide-ranging interviews look at recent developments and, in the case of Media Space, looks ahead to a Spring 2013 opening.



Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Job: Curator of Photography, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, seeks a curator of photography.

Photography is one of five focused collecting areas of the Harn, each of which is headed by a senior staff curator with a devoted permanent collection exhibition space. The curator of photography position is supported by…


Added by Michael Wong on October 27, 2011 at 17:31 — No Comments

Scottish National Portrait Gallery's new Photography Gallery

Just as when you thought it was safe to head to V&A's new Photograph's Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland today announced upcoming exhibitions for 2012, including the first exhibition in the newly revamped National Portrait Gallery which opens to the public on 1st December.

The opening ‘masterpiece’ exhibition of the new Photography Gallery highlights…


Added by Michael Wong on October 26, 2011 at 23:27 — No Comments

Beato & 19th Century Japanese Photography

For all you Beato fans out there, there is a forthcoming exhibition opening end of the month that might be of interest (Stateside, unfortunately!).

A British subject of Italian ancestry, Felice Beato (1832-1909) was one of the most successful early photographers in Japan, which was newly opened to Westerners in the 1850s. Arriving in Yokohama in 1863, Beato quickly…


Added by Michael Wong on October 26, 2011 at 21:44 — No Comments

Auction: Julia Margaret Cameron

Here's your chance to own the iconic Julia Jackson (1867) portrait taken by her aunt, Julia Margaret Cameron. Cameron made at least two negatives from the Spring 1867 sitting showing Jackson full-face with hair down.

One depicts Jackson with her head tilted downwards in a display of intimacy and tenderness. The other shows her confronting the viewer directly with a…


Added by Michael Wong on October 26, 2011 at 10:37 — No Comments

Reports by the Juries at auction

Following from the stunning Reports by the Juries (1852) sold at Bonhams in June this year (see: another Commissioners' set in being offered by  the same auction house on 22 November 2011. This…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 26, 2011 at 8:54 — 1 Comment

Book & Exhibition: The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott

As mentioned in an earlier blog here, dates of this new exhibition to be held at the Natural History Museum has now been released. "Scott's Last Expedition" will explore the captivating story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition to Antarctica in…


Added by Michael Wong on October 26, 2011 at 7:10 — 1 Comment

Livres et Manuscrits: 'Birth certificate’ of Photography

A highlight of a forthcoming Paris sale early next month is a handwritten document from 1829, signed Niépce, titled Notice sur l’Héliographie. Lot 53 can be yours for an estimated €35,000-50,000. The eight…


Added by Michael Wong on October 25, 2011 at 18:10 — 1 Comment

V&A Photography Gallery opened tonight

The V&A Photography Gallery opened this evening. The display and room was every bit as good as the exclusive BPH photographs showed (see:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2011 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Publications: The Projection Box

The Projection Box was set up by Mo Heard and Stephen Herbert in 1994, to publish books about pre-cinema and early film, and we gradually included further subjects such as fairgrounds and photography.  The Projection Box has been slumbering for a while as we pursued other projects, but is now awake again with new publications and fresh editions of old favourites that have long been out of print.

To celebrate the 2012 Charles Dickens Bicentenary, this month sees publication of The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2011 at 16:52 — No Comments

NMeM's Insight research centre closing until 2012

The National Media Museum is about to make several important additions to its Collection and  will be rearranging Insight: Collections & Research Centre to make space for them. As a result, access to the Museum’s collections will be disrupted. Insight will be closed to researchers from Monday 27 October 2011, and there will be no tours from 14 November onwards. Insight…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2011 at 7:24 — No Comments

Llandudno's Victorian heritage

A photo exhibition depicting Victorian life including rare images of Custs path, the predecessor to the Marine Drive, Llandudno's first pier which was badly damaged in the great storm of 1859, North Shore pre-Grand hotel, and many more has been organised by the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay History Society.

Entitled "Victorian Photographs and Souvenirs of Llandudno”, it…


Added by Michael Wong on October 22, 2011 at 14:27 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE FIRST PICTURES: The new V&A Photography Gallery

BPH has secured photographs of the new V&A Photography Gallery which opens to the public on Tuesday, 25 October 2011. A private view takes place on Monday evening. The Gallery has been installed in a former textile room and the building has been returned to its nineteenth century glory - with wall paintings uncovered and restored.

Installation images of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2011 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Charlotte Cotton exhibition tour - 24 November 2011

Charlotte Cotton is creative director of Media Space (a partnership between the National Media Museum and the Science Museum). Previously, she was curator of photographs at the V&A, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, and head of the Wallis Annenburg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the author ofThe Photograph as Contemporary Art and founder of Words Without…


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

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year by Sara Hannant


In Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, a man covered from head to toe in straw – the ‘straw bear’ – is paraded through the streets, accompanied by 250 dancers, musicians and performers, while in Ottery St Mary, Devon, a crowd gathers as townspeople hoist barrels of…


Added by Sara Hannant on October 18, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

Book: Classic Images

To pay the ultimate tribute to a photographer, lecturer and judge, friends at Oxford Photographic Society has produced a book of 140 stunning photographs including stills, portraits and manipulated images (using filters and materials including orange peel, tissue paper, glass and sandpaper!). All the images in the book were taken from slides made by Peter Upton before the…


Added by Michael Wong on October 17, 2011 at 18:59 — No Comments

Birmingham: Coming to Light

If you found this blog regarding Birmingham and it's role in the history of photography of interest, then you might be keen to attend a talk given by Pete James, Head of Photographs, in a forthcoming evening seminar. He will be speaking on some of the more…


Added by Michael Wong on October 17, 2011 at 17:53 — No Comments

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