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Michael Wong's Blog – January 2014 Archive (8)

Exhibition: A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

In 1839, just two years after Victoria became queen of Great Britain and Ireland, the medium of photography was announced to the world. This exhibition explores the relationship between the new art and the young queen, whose passion for collecting photographs began in the 1840s and whose photographic image became synonymous with an entire age. With important loans from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 28, 2014 at 21:17 — No Comments

Kingston-upon-Thames in the nude!

Artistic images of women posing nude for legendary photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge could soon become a familiar sight along Kingston’s riverside.

The company behind the new Riverside Kingston restaurant development, next to Kingston Bridge, has announced bold plans to commemorate one of the town’s most famous sons by emblazoning its building with stills from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2014 at 17:54 — No Comments

Illuminating Lacock Abbey

A key event in the birth of photography is being celebrated with illuminations at the place depicted in one of the first photographic negatives. The lights are part of the second Illuminating Lacock Abbey light festival by the National Trust and marks a year celebrating Fox Talbot's achievements.

Kristine Heuser, from the National…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Beato's take on 19th century Burma

A new photography exhibit in Rangoon is offering a glimpse of what Burma was like in the 19th century.

Hosted by the Italian Embassy and the Yangon Heritage Trust, a local NGO dedicated to preserving Rangoon’s heritage, the exhibit is showcasing nearly 50 photographs that shed light on architectural styles from over a century ago, as well local fashions, the daily…


Added by Michael Wong on January 21, 2014 at 20:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: Images Through Time: Photos of Old Hong Kong

Photography has become the most direct medium for people across the world to understand China since its introduction of photography to the country in the mid-nineteenth century. Owing to the special political circumstances, Hong Kong then became a natural stopover for foreign photographers on their way to the Mainland. These photographers took many pictures on the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 21, 2014 at 20:18 — No Comments

Europe's oldest hospital for the treatment of mental illness needs your vote!

The Bethlem Archives & Museum in Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, records the lives and achievements of people experiencing mental health issues and documents the rich history of the institution, which began in 1247, along with its affiliated hospitals. Recognised as Europe’s oldest institution…


Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2014 at 23:54 — No Comments

Limerick cyclist's photographs go on show

The work of Limerick photographer Franz S. Haselbeck is one of the greatest Irish photographic collections, chronicling an exciting period in Irish history. Haselbeck was never fully appreciated during his lifetime (1885–1973), but his granddaughter, Patricia Haselbeck Flynn, recently painstakingly catalogued his archives, some of which are now on display in Limerick…


Added by Michael Wong on January 15, 2014 at 19:45 — No Comments

NPG appoints a new Head of Photographs Collection

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has appointed Phillip Prodger (right), founding Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, as Head of Photographs Collection, from 1 June 2014. He has been at the Peabody since 2008. 

Prodger will lead the Gallery’s…


Added by Michael Wong on January 15, 2014 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

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