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Michael Wong's Blog – February 2010 Archive (8)

An Edwardian Family Album - The story behind the pictures

This exhibition was the idea of David Price (1945-2008), known to his friends as Dai. David was a Flintshire based photography enthusiast and member of the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain.

Some years ago, he was given a large collection of glass negatives which had been found in the attic of a friend. The negatives numbered over 500, and were still contained in their original boxes and paper sleeves. Many were labelled with… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 27, 2010 at 21:17 — No Comments

Alice in Wonderland: on the trail of Lewis Carroll

As Tim Burton's new film, based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, hits the UK cinema screens, the National Media Museum, Bradford will be celebrating it by holding special Hidden Treasure Tours on Saturday 6th & 13th March, Sunday 7th &14th March. You will be able to see photographs taken by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) of Alice Liddell who inspired the character of Alice in these tours.

Lewis Carroll was born… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 27, 2010 at 12:46 — No Comments

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond photography (Thursday, 24 June to Saturday, 26 June)

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) is remembered primarily as a photographic pioneer and influential early voice on photographic aesthetics, but his activities as a Victorian intellectual and “gentleman of science” ranged widely across the natural sciences, classical scholarship and Assyriology. This interdisciplinary conference will approach Talbot’s work with this wider perspective in mind, bringing together art historians, curators, historians of science, and practitioners of the many… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 18, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Photography of Margaret Watkins - Annual Annan Lecture, 2010

The fifth annual Annan Lecture will be given by Joe Mulholland, who tells the extraordinary story of the highly distinguished and important photographer Margaret Watkins, who died in obscurity in Glasgow in 1969. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1884, Watkins was active in New York in the 1920s, where she had a studio in Greenwich Village and worked with Clarence White and the other great photographers of the period including Stieglitz and Strand. Her… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 17, 2010 at 11:46 — No Comments

Broadlands Archives

The University of Southampton has launched a major fundraising campaign to acquire a key collection of manuscripts that span major political and historical events of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Broadlands Archives, which have been on loan to its library since 1989, contain rare papers and photographs including letters from Queen Victoria and Mrs Oscar Wilde and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 12, 2010 at 17:22 — 1 Comment

The Endurance: Shackleton's legendary Antarctic adventure

Merseyside Maritime Museum, 16 July 2010 - 3 January 2011

A landmark exhibition about an incredible real life tale of survival, the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition.

The exhibition features about 150 compelling photographs of the expedition's ordeal taken by ship photographer Frank Hurley, who dove into frigid waters to retrieve his glass plate negatives from the sinking Endurance. The photographs,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 10, 2010 at 10:43 — No Comments

A brief History of British Photography - A Short Course

In conjunction with, and taking place at, The Photographers’ Gallery, this short course will introduce some of the key movements, developments and figures in photography in Britain, from the beginnings to the present day.

What is the course about?

This course examines the origins of photography starting from before its formal invention in the 1820s up to the present.

Technical developments to the present day.

What photography has been used for in the past and today,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 2, 2010 at 10:26 — No Comments

World’s 'first' camera at auction

WestLicht Photographica ( is to auction off one of the first commercially produced cameras, a Giroux Daguerréotype, which is expected to fetch at least half a million euros. The Giroux Daguerréotype was made in Paris from 1839 in limited numbers from original plans drawn up by its inventor, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, by his brother-in-law, Alphones Giroux. The camera… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 1, 2010 at 16:25 — No Comments

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