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December 2011 Blog Posts (25)

Photomechanical Processes by Luis Nadeau

Does anyone have access to that veritable Bible of Photography, the Encyclopaedia of Photographic and Photomechanical Processes, by Luis Nadeau ?

Or more to the point, does anyone have a copy that they are prepared to lend, hire or sell to me ?

atvb Stan Newton.

Added by Vwodeck Stanley Newton on December 30, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Brian May: Book Signing

To celebrate his pioneering 3D photography exhibition, A Village Lost and Found, Brian May will be visiting the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Bristol. Don't miss this chance to meet the artist and have your copy of the accompanying book signed by the man himself. (Including all your Queen CDs, vinyl, DVDs,…


Added by Michael Wong on December 29, 2011 at 22:50 — No Comments

West Dunbartonshire Heritage Centres' Photography Month

The West Dunbartonshire Heritage Centres will be organising a series of events for their Photography Month in January which will include talks on one of the most extensive collection of Scottish road transport images in private hands, the Clyde Shipyard Photography of John Edward Kerr Smith, as well as an introduction to 19th century…


Added by Michael Wong on December 29, 2011 at 22:40 — No Comments

PHRC free seminar programme: Spring 2012

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre's free seminar programme for Spring 2012 has been announced: 


Spring 2012


Tuesdays 4 – 6pm

Edith Murphy Building 5.15

De Montfort University, Leicester

January 17th

Simon Fleury (Victoria and Albert Museum)

‘Positive Negative: a work in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 29, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

1892 Tower Bridge photographs rediscovered

A previously unknown cache of of photographs showing the construction of London's Tower Bridge in 1892 has been discovered the Mail online reports. The unique pictures, dating back to 1892, document the construction the iconic bridge, which at the time was a landmark feat of engineering nicknamed ‘The Wonder Bridge’.

The discarded pictures, which were…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 25, 2011 at 20:00 — No Comments

Janet Burnett Brown

Janet Mary Burnett Brown the great, great, granddaughter of William Henry Fox Talbot and the last of the Talbot family to live at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, Talbot's home  died peacefully on Wednesday 14th December 2011, aged 84. The funeral service will take place at St Cyriac's, Lacock on Thursday 29 December at 2.30pm. No flowers but donations to St Cyriac's Church, Lacock PCC.

The Times newspaper carried a death notice on 21 December. 

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 23, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Delhi: Early Photography in the Capital

The Delhi Government this week launched their official calendar for 2012, and it features 12 photographs taken during the early era of photography.

Entitled “Delhi: Early Photography in the Capital”, it showcases photographs captured by local, State and European photographers, including Bourne, Shepherd & Vernon and Co. who travelled to the…


Added by Michael Wong on December 23, 2011 at 10:49 — 2 Comments

BPH photography website of the week

The UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper made the British Photographic History blog one of its photography websites for the week of 17 October 2011. Click here to see more. BPH is not a commercial site and relies on its contributors to make it a success. Thank you to everyone who is signed up or posted material over the past year.  

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 21, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Ooh La La .......

A collection of explicit mid-19th century daguerreotypes — among the first known nude photographs — sold for well above their estimates, with prices of up to 24,000 euros, at a major auction of erotica in Paris yesterday. According to the auction house, E.E.E. Leroy, the works collected from around the world are a testament to the universal and timeless…


Added by Michael Wong on December 20, 2011 at 22:32 — No Comments

Job: Assistant or Associate Curator, Photography and New Media (MIA)

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks a creative, dynamic, and experienced Assistant/Associate Curator in the Department of Photography and New Media. Reporting to the Department Head, the curator is responsible for the care, research, exhibition, and study of over 11,500 photographs and media works in the collection. The curator will also have the unique…


Added by Michael Wong on December 20, 2011 at 22:29 — No Comments

Conference: Your Photographs on our Walls: Public-Generated Photography in Art Exhibitions

A hundred and twenty years after G. Eastman launched his Kodak box camera with the slogan ‘You press the button we do the rest’, the sweeping developments in the areas of mobile-phone technology and the Internet have revolutionized amateur image making anew. In this digital universe the means of production, (micro)publishing and displaying of photographs…


Added by Michael Wong on December 18, 2011 at 15:23 — No Comments

Investigating London’s Photographic Archives

If you fancy a bit of detective work, then this might be up your street. You can roll up your sleeves and dig deep into the photo archives of the V&ALondon Metropolitan Archives, the …


Added by Michael Wong on December 17, 2011 at 17:29 — No Comments

Say Cheese!

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland which holds millions of images, many dating from the 1800s, have put a call out to the public on Twitter to find out your views on when and why we started smiling in photographs.

Did improved technology and shorter exposure times allow for…


Added by Michael Wong on December 17, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Frith's Photo-Pictures - India series

RAYNER, H. (with additonal notes by C. Worswick), Views in Kulu & Spiti Frith's Photo-Pictures - India series, Bath 2011. Soft cover[oblong] 21 x 30 cm. XVII & 48pages 45 photographs. ISBN 9781904289777.

" This book contains the entire Francis Frith & Co. 'Universal Series' of photographs of Kulu and Spiti that were made during late 1869 or early…


Added by Peter van de Kamp on December 16, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

MediaSpace budget

The Guardian blog noting Colin Philpott's departure from the National Media Museum in April also quotes the British Journal Photography's freedom of information request: of a draft budget of £4 million, only £405,835 had so far been spent. 

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2011 at 12:35 — No Comments

NMeM Director Philpott to leave in April 2012

Colin Philpott is to step down as Director of the National Media Museum in the Spring. He has decided he wants the opportunity to pursue long term and creative projects beyond the National Media Museum which include the publication of a book in Autumn next year. 

Colin has been Director of the National Media Museum since 2004. During this time a number of major…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2011 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

Book: Dickens’s Victorian London 1839-1901

Or should it be re-named appropriately as Charles Dickens and the dawn of photography?

Next year, or 7th February to be precise, will be Dickens's bicentenary, and he will be celebrated in a big way in the UK -  in print, on screen, on stage, in street festivals and also in exhibitions. One of them, Dickens and London, which opened at the Museum of…


Added by Michael Wong on December 12, 2011 at 18:12 — No Comments

The Great Exhibition 2012: Talbot needs your Help!

The Great Exhibition 2012 will capture the true Spirit of Great Britain. With its origins based in the original 1851 Great Exhibition and the Festival of Britain 1951, it highlights and celebrates all that is “Great” about this country.

In 1851 we competed against the world in the exhibition of all…


Added by Michael Wong on December 11, 2011 at 22:21 — No Comments

Russia's Journey through the History of Photography

The Russian Museum has joined forces with the city’s History of Photography Museum as well as a number of archives and libraries in both St. Petersburg and Moscow to create a journey through the past 150 years, as documented by the country’s most talented photographers.

This new exhibit explores the history of photography as…


Added by Michael Wong on December 6, 2011 at 11:57 — No Comments

The November 4th E-Photo Newsletter

For those of you who might have missed the newsletter: E-Photo Newsletter Issue 185 11/4/2011

Fall auction coverage in New York, photo book reviews and more.

Added by Alex Novak on December 3, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

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