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November 2010 Blog Posts (51)

Auction: Muybridge-Panorama of San Francisco

Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill. San Francisco: Morse Gallery, 1877. 11-panel albumen print view, 85 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches, mounted on linen and accordion-folded into 4to… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 30, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments

BBC Imagine - Eadweard Muybridge (updated)

Alan Yentob presents this Imagine film on the strange life and amazing achievements of one of the most enigmatic and intriguing figures in the history of photography and motion pictures. Brilliant photographer, inventor and showman Eadweard Muybridge pioneered the creation of photographic techniques that prefigured modern cinema and the digital age.

We expect Kingston to feature heavily in this documentary, with the town centre, the river, Muybridge’s birthplace, the… Continue

Added by Peta louise Cook on November 30, 2010 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Book: A photographic history of Haverfordwest 1860–1914


Added by Michael Wong on November 29, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

The history of photography in China - vol. 2 now available

The second volume of Quaritch's series on the history of photography in China is now available. The History of Photography in China: Western Photographers 1861-1879 is the most extensive general survey, in any language, of Western photographers who began working in China in the 1860s and 1870s.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 29, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: In Focus - The Tree

The J. Paul Getty Museum presents In Focus: The Tree, a survey of important technological and aesthetic developments in photographic representations of trees. The latest in the In Focus series of thematic exhibitions, this presentation of nearly 40 photographs provides visitors with an opportunity to…


Added by Michael Wong on November 29, 2010 at 13:50 — No Comments

Mystery camera No. 2 .....

If you were not impressed by the size of the first one, well, as the late US President Ronald Reagan would say, "You ain't seen nothing yet!" ...

Added by Michael Wong on November 29, 2010 at 11:13 — 11 Comments

2011 Summer Internships: Curatorial Photography

If the recent BPH blog on Marville was of interest to you, you're in luck!…


Added by Michael Wong on November 28, 2010 at 23:06 — No Comments

Celebrating the Negative .....

Don't forget that this exhibition ends in a few weeks, 19th December to be exact! A collection of photographs brought together to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Fox Talbot creating the first photographic negative in Lacock in 1835.

Details can be found in this…

Added by Michael Wong on November 28, 2010 at 23:05 — No Comments

Book: The Father Browne Yeats

He is most famous for the…


Added by Michael Wong on November 28, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Falmouth: Masters of Photography

Falmouth Art Gallery has a small but important collection of 20th century and contemporary photography. It boasts the largest collection of Lee Miller photographs outside of the Lee Miller archive and has remarkable images by Eve Arnold, Fay Godwin and Linda McCartney. The collection is particularly strong in Surrealist photographs including works by Lee Miller’s husband Sir Roland Penrose, Man Ray…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 28, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

NMeM Internet galleries design contract awarded

Manchester design consultancy NRN Design has been appointed to create new Internet galleries at the National Media Museum in Bradford, which will explore the history, evolution and social impact of the Internet. The contract is worth £88,000. More illustrations are available here. The same company was responsible for the computrer games lounge situtated in the museum…

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 27, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Job: National Museums Scotland - Photographer (NMS10/105)

£22,465 - £25,161 per annum plus membership of Civil Service pension scheme

National Museums Scotland is one of the UK's leading museum services. Operating five museums and one of the largest multidisciplinary collections in the UK, it aims to be a world-class museums service that educates, informs and inspires. A major redevelopment and modernisation programme is currently being implemented across our organisation, including a £46… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 25, 2010 at 9:52 — No Comments

Snouck Hurgronje: Early photographs of 1885

Known as an adventurer, a scholar, and possibly a spy (!) - Dutchman, Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, (1857 - 1936) proved that he was also a pioneering photographer with…


Added by Michael Wong on November 24, 2010 at 22:01 — No Comments

The Adams Family ...

Err, not that Addams family. But three generations of photographers, starting with Walton Adams (1842-1934) co-inventor of the dry-plate process, followed by Marcus (1875-1959), photographer to two generations of the royal children between 1926 and 1956, and finally, Gilbert (1906-1996) a specialist in ballet photography.

An on-going exhibition which… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 24, 2010 at 13:39 — No Comments

Margaret Watkins: A new photo exhibition

This highly distinguished and important photographer Margaret Watkins (1884 - 1969), who died in obscurity in Glasgow, is back in the spotlight with a new exhibition focusing on Glasgow in the 1930s.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1884, Watkins was active in New York in the 1920s, where she had a studio in Greenwich Village and worked with Clarence… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 24, 2010 at 12:02 — 8 Comments

Batsford Arboretum: Early photographic plates 'unearthed'

Batsford Arboretum - a jewel in the Cotswolds and home to one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. The hidden gem was a wealth of historical material discovered by Mrs Frances Toovey, granddaughter of James Gardner, who was head gardener at Batsford from 1910 until 1918.

It includes an archive of historical documents,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 24, 2010 at 9:38 — No Comments

Course: Investigating the Archives: Photographic Collections of London

From the collections of the V&A and Royal Anthropological Institute to those at local libraries and in professional archives such as Magnum Photos, London plays host to a surprising variety of often unknown photographic collections and archives, all of which are kept for different purposes.

Using practical explorations, visits and thematic discussions this course arranged by the Photographers' Gallery and Birkbeck…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

Historic Process Workshops come to Lacock

If you’ve been looking for yet another good reason to come visit us at the Fox Talbot Museum in the historic village of Lacock, here it is! The Fox Talbot Museum is presenting a series of photographic workshops for next summer, comprising:

  • Dawn of Photography, with Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman
  • Wet and Dry Collodion on Glass, also led by Mark and…

Added by Roger Watson on November 23, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

Conference: Fay Godwin's Land Revisited - Mapping the Landscape

To mark the 25th anniversary of Fay Godwin's exhibition Land, the National Media Museum will be hosting a conference on Wednesday 2nd February 2011, exploring different approaches to landscape photography, with particular focus on Godwin's work. Academics, photographers and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 22, 2010 at 15:04 — No Comments

Fenton saved for the nation - UPDATED

In a blog report earlier this year BPH noted that the National Media Museum was looking to save a rare photograph by pioneering 19th century British photographer, Roger Fenton, entitled 'Pasha and…


Added by Michael Wong on November 21, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

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