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November 2013 Blog Posts (26)

Media Space: behind the scenes

Museums and Heritage takes a look at The National Media Museum/Science Museum's Media Space and how it was realised. Read the …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 30, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Auction: Parekh Collection of International Photographs

Leonard Joel auctions in Australia is to auction the Parekh Collection of International Photographs on 15 December 2013. The collection of Dinesh Parekh covers photography from the 1840s to the modern period including such names as Le Seq, Fenton, Cameron, Cartier-Bresson, Halsman, Kertesz, Penn and many others. 

Dr Dinesh Parekh is a retired psychologist, born…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 28, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Job: Learning Programmes Co-ordinator (Media Space)

Media Space is an arts-led gallery in the Science Museum, whiched opened in September 2013. It is a collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum. It is our platform for photography, art and science. It will be unique in London as an experimental inter-disciplinary programme that re-examines traditional divisions and identifies new relationships…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 27, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Publication: Greatrex – Forger and Photographer

A new book by David Bruce tells the true story of John Henry Greatrex (1827-76), photographer, thief, convict, actor, grocer, bankrupt, preacher, adulterer, absconder and counterfeiter, who had a colourfully disreputable life, despite his entirely respectable Victorian family background.

His dubious career took him from England to Australia, Scotland and America –…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 27, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Emeritus Professor Roger Taylor to be honoured

Achievers will be among those honoured at the University of Derby's annual Awards Ceremonies taking place on 15-17 January 2014. The University will honour people who've risen to the heights of their profession and will join more than 4,000 students graduating in degree, postgraduate and other higher education courses. Amongst those to be recognised is Emeritus Professor…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2013 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Early photography in Ceylon / Sri Lanka

Landscapes of Sri Lanka - Early Photography in Ceylon. From the mid-19th century on, Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, was an exotic destination that many a world traveller yearned to visit.

Starting in the 1860s, a number of photographic studios established themselves on the island, producing…


Added by Peter van de Kamp on November 24, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Leica camera sets a new digital record

A Leica digital camera custom-made by Jonathan (Jony) Ive the British-born Vice President of Design at Apple Inc and Marc Newson for the (RED) Auction 2013. The camera was an edition of 01/01 and sold for a record price of USD 1,805,000 - a world auction record price for a digital camera. A prototype UR Leica made US$2.8 million in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2013 at 2:00 — No Comments

Daguerreobase photographic heritage project

The Photo Museum Province of Antwerp (FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen - FoMu) has recently given the kick off for a photographic heritage project “DAGUERREOBASE “ that is supported by the European Commission. The project’s ambitious goal is to collect over 25.000 images from all over Europe and their descriptions of European-style historical daguerreotypes and related…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 23, 2013 at 7:21 — No Comments

Blog: St Andrews Photographic book collection

Marc Boulay writes...Here is a blog/article written about our Photographic Books Collection which may be of interest. It was written by Liz Shannon one of our Photographic History PhD graduates who was contracted to work with us over the summer on this material.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 23, 2013 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Appeal for a photograph of the Victorian printseller George Love of 81 Bunhill Row (1804-1883)

I am very interested in tracing any surviving photographs of George Love, visual representations of the exterior or interior of his shop in 81 Bunhill Row, any stock catalogues of prints and paintings for sale that Love published,  or any information about his surviving business records, including stock books.  I am also looking for historic photographs of Bunhill Row prior to WWII, ideally from the Victorian period. I have consulted all the standard archives and local history centres and…


Added by Julia Dudkiewicz on November 20, 2013 at 2:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

LOS ANGELES—Queen Victoria’s devotion to photography will be on display in A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, February 4–June 8, 2014 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center. With important loans held in the Royal Collection, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen, shown alongside masterpieces from the Getty Museum, the exhibition displays…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 19, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

Conference: Exchanging Photographs, Making Knowledge (1890-1970)

This two-day conference taking place 20-21 June 2014 - will explore how collectivities of photography such as camera clubs, photographic societies, commercial photographic studios, and other groups of practitioners produced knowledge about world phenomena, about local and historical events, new technologies, visual practices and techniques, as well as about photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 19, 2013 at 11:28 — No Comments

Auction: National Maritime Museum secures Gibson archive of shipwreck images

12 November 2013 – Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) today acquired a world renowned and nationally significant collection of photographic and archive material. The Gibson archive presents one of the most graphic and emotive depictions of shipwrecks, lifesaving and its aftermath produced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The material was acquired at the Sotheby's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 13, 2013 at 17:07 — No Comments

NMeM redefines its mission

The National Media Museum, Bradford, has redefined its mission statement following the events of the summer which saw it being a candidate for closure before being reprieved. The museum's stated mission is to: explore the science, technology and art of the still and moving image and its impact on our lives

The statement is simple, clear and easy to understand and encapsulates its objectives removing some of the unnecessary baggage that had been added to its…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Eastman House appoints Lisa Hostetler as Curator-in-Charge of Photography

George Eastman House announced today the appointment of Lisa Hostetler, PhD, as Curator-in-Charge of its Department of Photography. She will assume this role prior to year-end. 

Hostetler brings almost 20 years of academic and museum experience to her new position with George Eastman House. She is currently the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography at the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2013 at 23:55 — No Comments

Job: NMeM - Senior Marketing Executive (job share)

The National Media Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative and results-driven communications specialist to fulfil our (part time) Senior Marketing Executive job share role. As Senior Marketing Executive you will make a significant contribution to the realisation of our ambition of becoming the best Museum Group in the world. You will work with the Communications Manager…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2013 at 22:31 — No Comments

Victor Albert Prout

Following your mention of Mrs. Osmond's new book on her ancestor Victor Prout, may I use the hospitality of these columns to point interested readers to a recent post on


Added by Francis Hodgson on November 8, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Auction: Leica Cameras

Bonhams' auction of Leica and Classic Cameras on 22 November in Hong Kong includes two very rare Leica Luxus models, one of which is accompanied by the even rare Luxus carrying case. 

Following the huge success of the inaugural auction of Leica cameras held by Bonhams Hong Kong in November 2012 where a world record of HK$7,460,000 was achieved for a Leica Luxus I, The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2013 at 7:07 — No Comments

Auction: Williamson aircraft camera flown over Mount Everest 1933

Bonhams is to sell a Williamson New Type P.14 hand held aircraft camera, flown over Mount Everest on the 1933 Houston Expedition. The camera is included in a sale of Travel and Exploration on 4 December 2013. It is accompanied by paperwork and provenance and is estimated at £2000-4000.

See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2013 at 7:01 — No Comments

Seminar: David Campany - The One, the Many

A Research Seminar given by David Campany in the history of photography is taking place on 13 November. Admission is open to everyone.  ‘With photography the essence is done very quickly with a flash of the mind, and with a machine. I think too that photography is editing, editing after the taking. After knowing what to take you have to do the editing’. So said…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2013 at 6:39 — No Comments

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