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Michael Wong's Blog – January 2012 Archive (22)


No, not your next Terminator sci-fi sequel from Schwarzenegger, but New York Public Library's own take on its collection of 19th century stereograms. The term comes from the combination of "stereogram plus animate".

Through this website, NYPL provides access to a wide selection of its archive…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2012 at 21:23 — 2 Comments

Scott prints for sale for the First time in a Century

Last on public view in 1913, this is the largest collection of Ponting’s original carbon prints assembled for nearly a century!

The Atlas Gallery, Marylebone, will unveil a major collection of rare vintage photographs – the original prints taken from the negatives in 1913 - by 
Herbert G. Ponting, the official expedition photographer of the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2012 at 23:16 — 2 Comments

Copyright - Seeing Double: You have been warned ...

case, heard at the Patents County Court in London on 12 January, could have serious implications for photographers, according to photographic copyright expert Charles Swan, a lawyer at Swan Turton, who said: 'His honour Judge Birss QC decided that a photograph of a red London bus…


Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2012 at 22:57 — No Comments

Spotlight: Bensusan Museum of Photography

If you happen to be in Jo'burg this summer, do try and pop into this unique museum located on the top floor of Museum Africa along Bree Street, Newtown. Established in 1968, the collection includes more than 400 antique cameras, 5,000 photographs and 2,000 photographic books, dating back to 1860 - all of these were part of a 30-year collection donated to the museum…


Added by Michael Wong on January 24, 2012 at 19:09 — No Comments

Tea with the Queen? No, make that a bowl of Weetabix with some stereocards, Ma'am .....

If you want to know what the connection is, then have a read of this interview with Brian May, whose exhibition is currently on at the Royal West of England…


Added by Michael Wong on January 23, 2012 at 16:03 — No Comments

NMeM + RPS + Bath = Still Life Photography

Organised in partnership with the National Media Museum and featuring photographs from the Collection of The Royal Photographic Society, this new exhibition to be held at the Holburne Museum in Bath surveys the many ways in which photographers have explored still life.

Entitled Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition,…


Added by Michael Wong on January 22, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Post-Graduate Fellowship in Conservation of Photographs

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is pleased to offer a two-year advanced training fellowship in the conservation of photographic materials beginning in the fall of 2012. Under the supervision of the Conservator of Photographs, the Fellow will participate in all departmental activities including examination, documentation, analysis, and treatment on the Carter’s…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 18:49 — No Comments

Marion Fergie (1869-1961)

In case any BPH readers are researching on this late Victorian and Edwardian postmistress/assistant chemist, but who enjoyed photography as a hobby in her spare time, the West Derby Society has a collection of 156 of her original glass plates which gives a strong female slant on life in northern England more than a century ago. She focused mainly on fashions, children and…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 13:38 — 1 Comment

Job: Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona seeks an experienced, creative, and effective leader for its internationally renowned acquisition and exhibition programs. The Center is the world's largest archive repository and research center for the study and appreciation of modern American photography that reaches an international audience through…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 11:17 — No Comments

Photo Library Acquisition: Captain Scott and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Further to this earlier blog, this remarkable collection of 109 Antarctic photographs as seen through the eyes of Captain Scott as he documented the first part of his epic journey to the South Pole will now be saved for the nation by the Scott Polar Institute thanks to the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 10:58 — No Comments

RCA: History of Photography & Film

The Royal College of Art will be holding a number of special events throughout this year to celebrate its dodransbicentennial (that's 175th years to people like me who needed to check wikipedia!). This will include exhibitions, alumni events in the USA and UK, and the publication of a history of the RCA written by…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2012 at 10:41 — No Comments

"Don't get my name wong ......"

.... no, I meant, wrong!

That's what one might encounter when trying to research one's family tree, especially names, as most of us only change our surnames on marrying, say, or by reverting to a maiden name on divorce. For example, in the cabinet photo on the right, it’s assumed that the elderly couple belonged to Jarrow, as that was the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 13, 2012 at 19:52 — No Comments

Website: Old San Francisco

Similar in concept to HistoryPin, a local San Francisco resident, Dan Vanderkam, has overlaid photos taken from the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection onto a Google map of San Francisco…


Added by Michael Wong on January 13, 2012 at 7:39 — 2 Comments

Smethwick Photographic Society: 90th Anniverary

Congratulations to Smethwick Photographic Society (the home of Midland Photography) which is celebrating its 90th year. It is currently holding its 37th International Exhibition of Photography at the Old School House in Churchbridge, Oldbury which they bought 12 years ago. The Society began in…


Added by Michael Wong on January 12, 2012 at 22:47 — No Comments

Investing in Photography: The Tate, V&A and National Media Museum

Using the Freedom of Information Act, the British Journal of Photography have uncovered that the 3 largest UK museums are using more of their resources to acquire photographic works. You can read the facts and figures in their exclusive online article…


Added by Michael Wong on January 11, 2012 at 14:07 — 1 Comment

Photographs of the Big House in Ireland 1858-1922

This exhibition offers a chance to discover the evolution of photography. What are the optical and chemical principals that brought us photography? Why are there pairs of the same photographs? And what has this got to do with 3-D films today?

The photographs in this exhibition document an important feature of Irish rural life – ‘the Big House’ – or the homes of local…


Added by Michael Wong on January 6, 2012 at 11:18 — No Comments

Book: Workington Through Time

Workington is an ancient market and industrial town at the mouth of the River Derwent. Some parts of the town north of the River Derwent date back to Roman times. It was in the eighteenth century, with the exploitation of the local iron ore and coal pits, that Workington expanded to become a major industrial town and port.

Derek Woodruff, 79, a historian from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 6, 2012 at 11:15 — No Comments

Book: Richard Ellis Photography Collection, Malta & Gozo Volume IV

Although in the same style and format as the previous publication, this, the fourth volume in the series varies from the first three volumes. Malta & Gozo Volume IV covers a broad area of the islands instead of a specific locality. It depicts the island on the threshold of modernism but still an agriculture-based society especially in the regions away from the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 5, 2012 at 14:56 — No Comments

2012-2013 Research Fellowship: Harry Ransom Centre

The Ransom Center is now accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Research Fellowships to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing…


Added by Michael Wong on January 5, 2012 at 7:04 — No Comments

The First 50 Years of American Photography

A new exhibition, which opened recently, displays some of the rarest, earliest and most important photographs in America. The materials are highlights from a magnificent set of more than 16,000 19th-century American photographs from the Beth and Stephan Loewentheil Family Photographic Collection.

Through photographs, ephemera, and original publications, Cornell…


Added by Michael Wong on January 4, 2012 at 15:06 — 1 Comment

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