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December 2012 Blog Posts (29)

Exhibition: Photo50 "A Cyclical Poem" at the London Art Fair

Photo50 is an exhibition of contemporary and historical photography featuring fifty works, curated this year by Nick Hackworth, Director of Paradise Row.

A 'Cyclical Poem' is a partial and elliptical look at the relationship between photography and a cluster of themes: time, memory and repetition. It brings together photographers who have had long and significant…


Added by Ashley Lumb on December 30, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

Anniversaries in 2013

In common with newspapers, radio and television at this time of year it seems appropriate to look forward to 2013...The year will see the: 

  • Thirtieth anniversary of the National Media Museum. The museum opened as the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford in 1983, with a remit to explore the art and science of the image and…

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 30, 2012 at 13:30 — 12 Comments

Conference: Unique, index, source: Investigations of the negative in photography and film / 22-23 February 2013

With the end of analogue photography, the fate of the negative material is sealed as storage of image information, the place of the visual perception is mediated digital information entered. They will remove the knowledge of the nature of the photosensitive substrate, which had as a primary medium of recording over 150 years associated with the essential…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 30, 2012 at 8:27 — No Comments

Sealy honoured

Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph: The Association for Black Photographers has been honoured by being awarded a MBE in the UK New Year Honours List 'For services to Photography'.

More information about Autograph-ABH, its exhibitions and important archive of photography can be found here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 29, 2012 at 6:00 — No Comments

V&A Photographs Dept news

The V&A Photographs Department has just issued its latest newsletter. It gives news of the past year, exhibitions and other activities of the curatorial staff.

Click here to read it and to subscribe: V&A…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 23, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

FORMAT - volunteers required

FORMAT13 will bring the busiest and most ambitious programme of exhibitions and events planned yet. To help realise this we are looking to form a first-class team of volunteers to help us setup and deliver the festival.

FORMAT’s success relies on the enthusiasm and hard work of a group of committed volunteers. FORMAT13 offers volunteers the invaluable experience of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 22, 2012 at 8:57 — No Comments

National Media Museum saves £250,000 but loses 9 jobs

Museums Journal reports that the National Media Museum, Bradford, has made cuts of about £250,000 in the first phase of its review of spending, which is due to complete at the end of January.  Direct changes have been made to 35 roles and nine members of staff have taken voluntary redundancy. The roles reorganised so far were from: collections; public…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 19, 2012 at 20:00 — No Comments

Job: Co-Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur

Fotomuseum Winterthur is an international museum. It sees itself as a vibrant space for exhibitions, education and collection, dedicated to the presentation and discourse on photography and images related to photography.

Founded in 1993, Fotomuseum Winterthur sees photography as an art form as well as a documentation of reality. It presents…


Added by Michael Wong on December 18, 2012 at 23:05 — No Comments

Job: Project Management Support Assistant National Media Museum, Bradford

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. As Project Management Support Assistant, you will coordinate and support the Indian Cinema 100 project and programme of events. 

This role offers the opportunity to be right at the heart of a new programme for the Museum. You…


Added by Michael Wong on December 18, 2012 at 23:01 — No Comments

Research Seminars: History of Photography

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has announced its Spring term research seminars in cultures of photography. These take place on Tuesdays 4 – 6pm in the Edith Murphy Building at De Montfort University, Leicester. 

January 15th

Dr Annabella Pollen (University of Brighton) [EM 5.15]

Here Comes Everybody?…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East

In 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on a four-month educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford (1815-94). This exhibition documents his journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. It explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached…


Added by Michael Wong on December 18, 2012 at 16:54 — No Comments

Research Fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center

I would like to share this opportunity to apply for a fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center as part of its 2013-2014 research fellowship program. Please note that applications must be received by February 1, 2013 in order to be considered for the 2013-2014 academic year

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, annually awards over 50 fellowships to support research projects in all areas of the…


Added by Jessica S. McDonald on December 18, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Photographers' archives and legacy project

In partnership with Plymouth University The Royal Photographic Society is hosting a seminar on 6 February 2013 on photographers' archives and their legacy. This is one of a series of events being held in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

The event will be of particular interest to:

  • photographers with any sort of archive;
  • students and early…

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Book: Amélina and the Talbots at Lacock

Amélina and the Talbots at Lacock is a new publication which takes extracts from the journals of Amélina Petit de Billier written between 1820 and 1835. She joined the family of W H F Talbot and remained at Lacock Abbey until her death in 1876. The volumes offer an absorbing insight in to her life with the Talbots at Lacock including both the busy social round and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 13, 2012 at 12:38 — No Comments

Bodleian Library launches £2.2m bid to stop Fox Talbot archive going overseas (UPDATED)

It has been reported in The Guardian that a £2.25m bid has been launched this week to acquire an archive of Fox Talbot's life and work – including some of the first photographs ever taken, and the first taken by a woman. The bid, which the Bodleian hopes will attract a National Heritage Memorial Fund grant for just under half the cost, is supported by…


Added by Michael Wong on December 13, 2012 at 7:13 — No Comments

Job: Press Officer, National Media Museum

The post holder will make a significant contribution to the realisation of our ambition of becoming the best Museum Group in the world. They will deliver all elements of a comms campaign but will specialise in PR when appropriate. They will take specific responsibility for delivery a large number of campaigns and the Museum’s relationship with its online…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 13, 2012 at 6:00 — No Comments

Job: Communications Manager, National Media Museum

Award winning, visionary and unique, the National Media Museum holds world class collections that embrace photography, film, television, radio and the web. The museum also hosts a wide range of events, from film festivals to premieres.

We are now looking for a Communications Manager with a proven instinct for finding stories that capture the imagination of local,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 13, 2012 at 5:29 — No Comments

V&A: Played in Britian

The Victoria and Albert Museum has launched a new app, called Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, which comprises a chronological collection of photographs of 100 plays from 60 years of remarkable post-war theatre - from J. B. Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls (1946), to Laura Wade’s Posh (2010).

Following the death of photographer,…


Added by Michael Wong on December 12, 2012 at 22:24 — No Comments

Job: Senior Registrar - Media Collections/Qatar Museums Authority

The Media Collections possesses one of the most outstanding and valuable photographic collections in the region and one that ranks with major collections through the world. The photographs are of exceptional quality and span from the 19th century to present. The collection includes photographs from early daguerreotypes through albums, photography - illustrated books to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Auction update: Highly important Julia Margaret Cameron/G.F. Watts album

The earliest known album of photographs compiled by Julia Margaret Cameron, including 15 unique images (most of which were hitherto unrecorded), and unseen on the market for more than forty years, sold at Sotheby's London on 12 December 2012 in the sale of English Literature and History for £121,250…


Added by Richard Fattorini on December 12, 2012 at 20:37 — No Comments

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