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November 2011 Blog Posts (38)

Job: Assistant Exhibition Organiser NMeM

As Assistant Exhibition Organiser for The National Media Museum, you will assist with the management and organization of the practical and administrative aspects of our temporary exhibitions programme. You will be part of a team that, each year, delivers content for up to six temporary exhibitions, six displays, one semi-permanent exhibition and all associated web content, multi-media and interactive exhibits. So over the course of the contract, there’s lots to get involved…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 30, 2011 at 21:06 — No Comments

Directory of Photographic Collections in the UK

The Directory was created by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London, London College of Communication, to help researchers to look for photographs relating to their interests. The project is led by Val Williams, and its researcher, since 2004, is Bob Pullen.

The Directory is a portal to Institutions in the UK, and provides…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 30, 2011 at 21:02 — No Comments

Map Reproductions in Salted Paper by the English Ordnance Survey

I have been researching a Civil War map reproduction technique involving the photographing or direct copying of maps using the salted paper process.  These maps were fairly common in the United States during the Civil War due to the limited availability of lithographic presses as well as the increased demand for up-to-date maps of strategic sites such as waterways,…


Added by Adrienne Lundgren on November 29, 2011 at 3:00 — No Comments

Exhibition in Madrid: An image of Spain. French stereo photographers (1856-1867)

This interesting exhibition will be held at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San
Fernando, Alcalá 13, 28014, Madrid, from 24 November to 20 January 2012.

130 objects are on display including views of Spain by the relevant photographers
of the time, cameras, travel books, documents and a collection of stereoscopic
views by Joseph Carpentier, J. Andrieu and Ernest Lamy as well as the Gaudin
Bros. and Ferrier & Soulier.

Added by Rachel Bullough on November 27, 2011 at 20:41 — No Comments

Sutton panoramic negative at auction

A Sutton panoramic camera negative believed to show Dunolly, Australia, c.1862, is being offered at auction on 11 December 2011. The negative is one from a group that was discovered some years ago. The camera and other negatives were previously sold at Christie's. See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 27, 2011 at 8:19 — 1 Comment

K-K Photography Book Awards 2012

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, in partnership with the World Photography Organisation, is looking for the Best Photography Book and Best Moving Image Book of the year. A £10,000 prize will be split between the winners of each category who'll be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony on 26 April 2012.

The judging panel for the Best Photography Book…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2011 at 15:42 — No Comments

Emptying frames

Henderson, Neil

Empting frames. Animation Practice, Process & Production. Vol 1, No.1 (Mar 2011)

This short essay brings together some thoughts about two films, both of which take as their starting point the photographic still image and use film to expand and question the immobility of that image, teasing out small shifts and changes in its appearance. Candle and Tidal combine 16mm film…


Added by Alan Pritchard on November 23, 2011 at 9:26 — No Comments

Auction: Photobooks

The auction of printed books at Christie’s South Kensington on 28 November includes about 90 lots of photobooks, among them fine photobooks from the collection of Bob and Laurence Calle (lots 371-443); the 72 lots include a remarkably fresh, unrestored copy of Moi Ver’s Paris from the collection of its publisher and in the original glassine jacket (lot 419); an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 23, 2011 at 7:54 — No Comments

Book & Event: The Prussian Expedition to Japan, 1860-61

Under Eagle Eyes: Lithographs, Drawings and Photographs from the Prussian Expedition to Japan, 1860-61. Edited by Sebastian Dobson & Sven Saaler, with contributions by Nakai Akio, Peter Pantzer, Veit Hammer, Timon Screech, Sebastian Dobson & Sven Saaler.

In the roll call of Western nations that participated in the “re-opening” of Japan in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 23, 2011 at 7:51 — No Comments

Freeman Brothers Photographic Studio - large format glass plates

  Over the last couple of months I have been working on a previously uncatalogued collection of large format, 50.8 cm x 44.5 cm, glass plate negatives donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 1969. The 28…


Added by Geoff Barker on November 22, 2011 at 2:30 — 4 Comments

Early album research

Dr J H Robbins writes...Readers may be interested to know that a Victorian Scrap Album has been identified as belonging to Major-General Richard Clement Moody RE (previously Colonel) who had a significant role in British Columbia in the years 1858-1863. Bought in the 1970s in Dorchester, England, this has just been identified as belonging to Col Richard Clement Moody RE. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Job: Chief Executive - Greater China Photographic Society

Greater China Photographic Society aims to unite the efforts of cultural enthusiasts, scholars, photographers and photographic followers of the art of photography, for all people of the world who love Chinese Culture. Our mission is to promote the photographic arts, Chinese culture and charity for the benefit of Society and the World. Our vision is to create unlimited new vistas.

This new appointment of Chief Executive Office Worldwide of the Greater China Photographic Society (GCPS)…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2011 at 7:04 — No Comments

Mathew Brady's camera up for auction

James Garfinkle advises...After 31 years of being the custodian of Mathew Brady's Studio Wet-Plate Camera, I have decided to let another person or institution have the pleasure of owning 'the most iconic piece of photographic Americana.' The camera was used to take portraits of Lincoln and other notables in the Civil War period.

Its provenance is unmatched: Meserve /…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 19, 2011 at 17:00 — 8 Comments

2012 Summer Internships (NGA, Canada)

Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery…


Added by Michael Wong on November 17, 2011 at 23:58 — No Comments

Book: Beato's Delhi: 1857 and Beyond

Beato’s Delhi offers a pictorial history of Delhi, brought vividly to life through the visual virtuosity of Felice A. Beato, the famous nineteenth-century photographer who came to India to record the last embers of the 1857 ‘Mutiny’, and Jim Masselos who, in 1997, retraced Beato’s footsteps and photographed the same sites as far as possible.

By the time Beato reached…


Added by Michael Wong on November 17, 2011 at 23:44 — 4 Comments

Google doodles Daguerre

To pay tribute to Daguerre's 224th birth anniversary today (18th November 1787), the search giant Google celebrates the inventor of the world's first commercially successful photographic process with another patented Google Doodle.

The Doodle depicted what appeared to be a photograph of a family, with five of the letters in "Google" replacing the heads, and the "l"…


Added by Michael Wong on November 17, 2011 at 23:42 — No Comments

Job: Photographic Golf Collection

St Andrews University is advertising two jobs for a Photographic Golf Collection Project Curator and a Photographic Golf Collection Digitisation Officer. The role requirements are: 

Photographic Golf Collection Project Curator - JC1049

Department of Special Collections, University Library, £24,370 - £29,099 per annum, Start: February 2012, Fixed term 4 years, Hours of work - 36.25 per week

We are seeking an individual to fulfil the role of Photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 17, 2011 at 6:57 — No Comments

Thomson in China

Interesting story in the 16 November issue of the Irish Times about 19th-century images from China captured by Scottish photographer John Thomson:

Added by Noelle Sullivan on November 17, 2011 at 0:25 — No Comments

Opening: İstanbul Photography Museum

Situated at the Kadırga Cultural Center, this new 1,000-square-meter museum space will feature five photo galleries, a workshop space, a library and considerable archive space. Opening on 20th November, the museum will be Turkey’s first museum dedicated in its entirety to photography, and the hope is that it can considerably support the development of photography in Turkey…


Added by Michael Wong on November 16, 2011 at 22:22 — No Comments

Book: Speculating Daguerre

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre (1787–1851) was a true nineteenth-century visionary—a painter, printmaker, set designer, entrepreneur, inventor, and pioneer of photography. Though he was widely celebrated beyond his own lifetime for his invention of the daguerreotype, it was his origins as a theatrical designer and purveyor of visual entertainment that paved the way for…


Added by Michael Wong on November 16, 2011 at 22:22 — No Comments

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