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Michael Wong's Blog – January 2013 Archive (9)

National Archives: Australasia through a lens

Launched in time for Australia Day today (26 January), one can now view images of Australian towns, buildings, landmarks and people dating back as far as the mid 19th century. The National Archives has released online thousands of early photographs and drawings of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and other…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2013 at 15:55 — No Comments

Book: The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and…


Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2013 at 18:15 — No Comments

Exhibition: Chemistry of Light

Chemistry of Light is Traeger's response to a large collection of 19th Century photographs, negatives and camera equipment left to her in the 1960's by a great uncle in Tunbridge Wells. The collection includes very early Daguerreotypes and waxed paper negatives, leading up to large glass plates from the 1890’s.

Untouched since the 19th Century, many…


Added by Michael Wong on January 19, 2013 at 18:56 — No Comments

London 1853: Celebrating the 160 years since the founding of the Royal Photographic Society at the RSA

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Fellows will swarm London this weekend along with members of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and close out a 24-hour long photo shoot at the RSA – where the  RPS was founded in 1853. 

To help celebrate the 160th Anniversary of…


Added by Michael Wong on January 18, 2013 at 20:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: From Plate to Camera

An exhibition of photographs from the Royal Photographic Society which illustrate the progression of photography from its inception to the current day, opens at King Edward’s Art and Photography Department TAG Gallery on Tuesday 15th January until Friday 15th February.

The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see some early…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2013 at 17:37 — No Comments

2013: New Photo Art Fair in London

The Photo Art Fair is a new five-day exhibition of some 2,000 carefully curated, collectable works from up to 200 international photographers. As a brand new show, Photo Art is designed to provide visitors with the unique opportunity to purchase affordable and collectable photographs DIRECT from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2013 at 11:27 — No Comments

FT on Photography

The Financial Times have been running a special series on photography which appeared in the FT and FT Weekend. The last instalment was on an image - The Queen's Target' - by a pioneering Victorian photographer which is both a royal souvenir and a strikingly early piece of abstract art.…


Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2013 at 21:49 — No Comments

Book: From Biedermeier to Gründerzeit: Germany in Early Photographs 1840 - 1890

A book of vintage photographs of German cities and festivals taken between 1840 and 1890 has just been published in Germany. They give an intriguing glimpse of the clash between tradition and modernity in Germany at the outset of the industrial age.

"From Biedermeier to Gründerzeit: Germany in Early Photographs 1840 - 1890," accompanies a…


Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2013 at 21:39 — 1 Comment

University of St Andrews: 6 PhD Scholarships (3 years full-time)

The School of Art History at the University of St Andrews is offering 6 fully-funded PhD Scholarships of £15,000 in the areas of Museum & Gallery Studies, Art History and History of Photography to begin in September 2013. The Scholarships will cover the cost of fees (at the UK/EU home rate) and provide a tax-free bursary to successful candidates.

The School is one…


Added by Michael Wong on January 15, 2013 at 23:37 — No Comments

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