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Michael Wong's Blog – March 2011 Archive (21)

Arts Council Cuts: Winners & Losers

The hatchet has finally come down, and the full extend of the government's austerity measures on the Arts Council and photographic galleries/organisations have been laid bare for all to see. A quick glance reveals the following:

Photography galleries and organisations that will receive increased funding from ACE: Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool): +15.4%;…


Added by Michael Wong on March 31, 2011 at 10:09 — No Comments

Desperately Seeking the Past .....

The Hampstead Photographic Society (HPS) will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year (est 1937). The HPS has been busy researching the society’s history, especially in the society’s early years, as much of their own documentation was mislaid back in the 1980s.

Writing in last week's Camden Journal, the Chairman, David Reed, would love to trace…


Added by Michael Wong on March 30, 2011 at 21:53 — No Comments

It's a kind of magic .....

Well, if you call stereoscopic photography magic, that is! You've listened to his music, got the T-shirt, the CDs/DVDs.

You then got his book and the owl stereoscopic viewer.

Now, get ready for Brian May's foray into his other interest - astrophysics…


Added by Michael Wong on March 29, 2011 at 23:03 — No Comments

Photo historian/curator turns Photographer

Probably best known for his writing on photography and photographic history - he co-wrote with Martin Parr two volumes of The Photobook: A History which 

won the 2006 book award for photography from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation - Gerry Badger's photography skills are now on display in a solo exhibition. The images are unframed A4 portrait style taken from three…


Added by Michael Wong on March 28, 2011 at 21:42 — No Comments

Auction: Davidson's Welsh Portfolio

Bruce Davidson is an American photographer behind some of the most poignant images of the South Wales coalfields committed to film. A portfolio of 10 photographs by Davidson, each signed in pencil, and with the portfolio stamp will now be auctioned off at Sotheby's New York…


Added by Michael Wong on March 27, 2011 at 21:15 — No Comments

Indian Summer starts early in Horsham

Held in a cold dark room, the exact opposite of the warm balmy glow that an Indian Summer conjures up, are a remarkable set of Victorian photographs collected by a Victorian businessman from Horsham. These incredibly delicate photographs, whose survival has occurred only because so few people have seen them, have been digitally copied and are now on display in Horsham…


Added by Michael Wong on March 25, 2011 at 13:50 — No Comments

Exhibition: History Drawn With Light

The Massachusetts Historical Society was founded in 1791, and wasted no time in acquainting itself with photography. When Daguerre invented the daguerreotype in 1839, the Society held a demonstration of the process at it's quarters, then on Tremont Street the following year. A few months later, the society acquired its first photograph - it showed the oldest building in… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 25, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Vintage Oxford views by Henry Taunt (1842-1922) on display

The Oxford Mail reports of an exhibition of rare original prints of images taken in Oxford by Victorian photographer Henry Taunt. More than 130 pictures from the 1850s to 1900s by Taunt and other early photographers are on show at…


Added by Michael Wong on March 24, 2011 at 7:20 — No Comments

Louis Vuitton does 19th century wet-plate photography

Who says luxury leather goods and vintage photography do not go together? The high-end French leather & fashion goods manufacturer has recently launched their new campaign entitled Double Exposure. As can be viewed in the video  below, photographer Tom Craig  uses the 19th century ‘wet plate’ photographic process to capture a…


Added by Michael Wong on March 24, 2011 at 7:19 — No Comments

Book: The Alice Behind Wonderland

On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London.

The author,  Simon Winchester, deftly uses the resulting image--as unsettling as it is…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2011 at 22:07 — No Comments

Lawrence Collection, 1870-1910: The Luck of the Irish

In recognition of St. Patrick's Day,,  the world's largest online family history resource, today launched The Irish Collection -- the definitive 19th century collection of…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2011 at 21:57 — No Comments

National Media Museum: Artist Commissions - Open Call

The National Media Museum in Bradford has announced a £30,000 commission for the creation of two new-media artworks to be included in a major exhibition as part of Yorkshire’s regional cultural programme for London 2012.

In the Blink of an Eye, which opens in March 2012, will explore themes surrounding the capture…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2011 at 21:47 — No Comments

Job: Historypin Project Officer

As reported in an earlier BPH blog, HistoryPin enables users share their archive photos by loading them up to a specific location on Google Maps or image on Google's modern Street View.  The site has ambitions to become the world’s largest user-generated archive…


Added by Michael Wong on March 5, 2011 at 6:07 — No Comments

Vancouver 1911-1953: The Moore Panorama Digitisation Project

The City of Vancouver has just completed digitising a collection of 399 panoramic cityscapes from the early to mid 1900s by photographer W.J. Moore. Moore worked as a commercial photographer from 1911 to 1953. He specialized in panoramic photography of Vancouver, and covered a wide variety of subjects including street scenes, events, buildings, construction, recreational…


Added by Michael Wong on March 5, 2011 at 6:06 — No Comments

The Life and Times of Murray Dowding & Chipping Sodbury

Murray Dowding was a prolific photographer capturing hundreds of historic images of Chipping Sodbury during the early part of the 20th century. Now a new exhibition on the life and times of one of the area’s best known photographer has gone on display in Yate.

"Dowding bequeathed an immense collection of images from the earlier part of the 20th century, without which…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 18:16 — No Comments

Queen of yachting photography's archive saved

The work of the Queen of yachting photography, Eileen Ramsay, has been saved for posterity. The sailing archive, which records the explosion in dinghy and small boat sailing in Britain after the War, from early 1950s to 1970s, is filled with vintage dinghies and peaceful river sailing scenes. The archive also contains iconic pictures of offshore racing in the Solent, and…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 18:14 — No Comments

Stereoscope: A new student magazine to celebrate photography @ St Andrews

The name of this new magazine was chosen in honour of St Andrew's historic resident, Sir David Brewster, the inventor of the stereoscope. It is a student produced magazine that celebrates student photography in St Andrews while raising awareness about the photographs of the University's special collections, and its longstanding tradition with photography.

Working with…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 18:14 — 2 Comments

The Alkazi collection of photography

For those BPH followers who were interested in the Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905) blog, whereby the exhibition received rave reviews, did you know that the Alkazi collection of photography is considered India's largest archive of 19th and early 20th century photographs? It… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

Northern Lights light up early photography of the Karin and Lars Hall Collection

The collection of Karin and Lars Hall was started by Lars Hall during the 1970’s, when he was working as an art director and partner of a large advertising agency, Hall & Cederquist AB, in Stockholm. In 1977 he and his partners started the legendary gallery Camera obscura in Stockholm, the first photo gallery in Scandinavia to present fine art photography. The Irving…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 11:15 — No Comments

Lost & Found: The Thuillier Collection - (UPDATED with video) one of the most important historical discoveries from WWI

A treasure trove of more than 3,000 World War I glass plate negatives of  British, Indian, French, Australians, and Americans, and even some of the Chinese Labour Corps and other allied troops have been found, sitting almost undisturbed for nearly a century, in three large chests in a dusty attic of a dilapidated farmhouse in Vignacourt in the Somme valley, some two hours…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 9:17 — 7 Comments

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