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Michael Wong's Blog – February 2011 Archive (32)

BBC Countryfile: James Bamforth (1842-1911)

This coming Sunday, BBC's Countryfile programme will focus on the West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth. Located on the A6024 Woodhead Road in the Holme Valley, did you know that this town played a role in the growth of the British film industry in the early part of the 20th century?

It was in 1899 that James Bamforth, creator of saucy seaside postcards, started making…


Added by Michael Wong on February 16, 2011 at 7:36 — No Comments

Book: Primitive Photography: The Calotype in France 1843-1860

For those who didn't quite manage to make it to Paris for this exhibition earlier in the year, the accompanying book is now available through Amazon UK, by using the link on the right.

Richly illustrated, this monograph reference brings together some 180 works from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the French Society photography, the Musée…


Added by Michael Wong on February 13, 2011 at 17:40 — No Comments

Online Auction: Stereographica

There are always a number of interesting British-related photographic items that pop up on offer at this site, the next online auction being scheduled for 5th March. Check them out here, and see if anything takes your fancy .......


Photo: London Stereoscopic Co., 24 page catalog…


Added by Michael Wong on February 12, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

Muybridge kiss for Valentine's Day

The world’s first filmed kiss has been resurrected for Valentine’s Day after laying unrecognised in photography books for more than a century. The images of two unclothed women kissing were created by pioneering Kingston photographer Eadweard Muybridge between 1872 and 1885 using a bank of still cameras firing in sequence.

The eight-frame sequence predates the 1896…


Added by Michael Wong on February 12, 2011 at 7:00 — No Comments

Braintree District Museum: You press the button ...

Braintree District Museum traces its origins to a Museum room in the Town Hall that opened in 1928 to display the collections of Alfred Hills, a local clerk and historian and the Courtauld family. After a succession of different homes, today's Museum opened in the former Manor Street School on 6th October 1993. Since then the collections expanded from boundaries of Braintree…


Added by Michael Wong on February 10, 2011 at 17:27 — No Comments

Finding Sir John Herschel

In a recent recording of the ever popular BBC series of 'Flog It!' at Henley Town Hall, the stand-out item of the day was a photograph of scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel taken by Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the preeminent photographers of the 19th century.  Researchers are to investigate the history of the photograph, which could fetch thousands when it is…


Added by Michael Wong on February 10, 2011 at 17:00 — 4 Comments

National Gallery Canada: 19th Century British Photographs: A rare pictorial glimpse of a remarkable period in history

As mentioned in an earlier blog, further information on this exhibition is now available.

Photography was born in 1839, making the 19th century the first to be recorded in this medium. Since then, photography has evolved dramatically from the original chemical…


Added by Michael Wong on February 8, 2011 at 19:10 — No Comments

Through a Foreign Glass: The Art and Science of Photography in Late Qing China

Brought to Asia in the early 1840s by Europeans, photography was both a witness to the dramatic changes that took place in China from the second half of the 19th century through the early 20th century and a catalyst to further modernization. This talk will outline how the medium of photography was readily adopted by Chinese export painters, who learned the mystery of the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 8, 2011 at 12:17 — No Comments

Exhibition: Dynasty and the Camera: Portraits from the Ottoman Court

The exhibition consists of a selection from the Ottoman portrait photographs from Ömer M. Koç collection shows the high level of technical and artistic terms of photography by the interest of the Ottoman imperial family. 

This exhibition marks the importance given by the Ottoman sultans, other members of the royal dynasty and statesmen in the 19th century and…


Added by Michael Wong on February 6, 2011 at 19:47 — No Comments

Gardens of Sand: Commercial Photography in the Middle East 1859-1905

Between 1859 and 1905, a number of photographers, working from the Maghreb to Turkey, collectively amassed a vast documentation of the region's landscape, towns and monuments. "Gardens of Sand" (by Nassar, Almarcegui & Worswick) unites 90 original photographs, mostly hitherto unpublished, by photographers such as James Robertson, Wilhelm Hammerschmidt, G. Lekegian,…


Added by Michael Wong on February 3, 2011 at 15:33 — No Comments

Obituary: Keith Cavanagh, Photography Curator

An impassioned campaigner for photography for over 30 years, untroubled by ego or personal ambition, Keith Cavanagh was a loyal, long term friend and supporter to very many photographers, and particularly young practitioners looking for help in achieving their work's first public airing.

The British Journal of Photography pays tribute to a man who was a tireless…


Added by Michael Wong on February 3, 2011 at 15:32 — 2 Comments

The Royal Photographic Society and The Macallan Unveil Joint Partnership

The Royal Photographic Society and The Macallan have announced a new three year deal to sponsor the world renowned annual Royal Photographic Society Awards Ceremony, as part of The Macallan’s innovative and ground-breaking work within the photography arena.

Founded in 1853, The Royal Photographic Society is the world’s longest established Photography Society. It was…


Added by Michael Wong on February 2, 2011 at 17:05 — No Comments

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