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Michael Pritchard's Blog – January 2014 Archive (12)

Media Space: First Person Plural symposium

First Person Plural is a symposium to be held at the Science Museum on Saturday 1 March. The event is being presented in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella and is one of a number of events linked to Media Space's Only in England.

Curated and introduced by Steven Bode, Director of Film and Video Umbrella, the symposium looks back on the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2014 at 20:02 — No Comments

Earliest photographs of Churchill discovered

January 2014 – Save Photo Limited have discovered what may be the earliest surviving original images of Winston Churchill. They were discovered in the Hills and Saunders Harrow Collection, which they were contracted to digitise, conserve and catalogue for the private owner. The collection was found in poor condition in the dairy barn of a farm outside…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2014 at 7:50 — No Comments

Job: Photographic or Paper Conservator, Media Space

The Science Museum is seeking a highly-motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Paper or Photographic conservator to provide conservation support in the development and delivery of exhibitions in our new Media Space Gallery. 

Media Space is an exciting new exhibition space in the Science Museum. It will showcase the National Photography Collection held by the National…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2014 at 8:29 — No Comments

RPS Journal 1853-2012 digitised

As reported here previously The Royal Photographic Society has digitised the Photographic Journal / RPS Journal from 1853 to 2012 and made it available free of charge to the public. It is now accessible through the RPS…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2014 at 17:13 — 2 Comments

Publication: A Royal Passion

BPH is very excited to have received a copy of A Royal Passion. Queen Victoria and Photography by Anne Lyden and contributions from Sophie Gordon and Jennifer Green-Lewis. The book accompanies the Getty's exhibition of the same name which opens on 4 February at the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Watch out for a review shortly. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Wellcome makes thousands of images freely available

Wellcome Images has announced that over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements are now freely available through Wellcome ImagesOut of copyright images are being released under the …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2014 at 21:52 — No Comments

Event: Building the archive: 28 February 2014

What are the issues raised by the commissioning of new works by a photographic archive? How do these new works alter or activate the existing archival collections; how do they alter understandings of the archive? And what are the considerations for a photographer/artist making work specifically to enter the archive?

The Library of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2014 at 6:33 — No Comments

Information request: BMTPS

A reader has three photographic medals awarded to a Miss M Brightwell in the 1920s by the B.M.T.S.P.S. Does anyone know what the BMTSPS was? The PS presumably stands for Photographic Society. 

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 15, 2014 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Event: Beard's Mirror Camera - 20 January 2014

David Burder FRPS and Roger Smith will be presenting a replica of what was probably the first camera to be used commercially in England. Wolcott and Johnson’s design was adapted by Johnson and Beard and patented by Beard. The speakers will talk about the project, the making of the camera…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 10, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Photographers' Archive & Legacy Project

BPH publicised this project last year and the results of the first round of discussions and meetings have now been published. The website features case studies with Liz Hingley, Daniel Meadows and Mark Power. Read more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 7, 2014 at 7:02 — 1 Comment

1839-2014: 175 Years of Photography

If you are a Facebook user there is a new group to celebrate and to present information relating to this important anniversary. Search for ,'Birth of Photography' or click here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 6, 2014 at 13:48 — 4 Comments

Century old Antarctic images discovered in Captain Scott's hut

Photographic negatives left a century ago in Captain Scott’s last expedition base at Cape Evans have been discovered and conserved by New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust. The negatives were found in expedition photographer Herbert Ponting’s darkroom and have been painstakingly conserved revealing never before seen Antarctic images.

The Trust’s conservation…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 2, 2014 at 8:16 — No Comments

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