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Michael Wong's Blog – March 2012 Archive (16)

NMeM: Life Online opens today .....

Life Online is the world's first gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet. This permanent gallery will trace the history of the internet, uncover how it has changed people's lives and track the latest trends.

The gallery covers two spaces within the Museum. The first is a permanent exhibition in the foyer…


Added by Michael Wong on March 30, 2012 at 14:19 — No Comments

Calling Swindon .....

The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is exhibiting a collection of Albert Beaney photographs, and is inviting local residents born during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s to see if they recognise themselves or neighbours.

His collection, consisting of more than 40,000 negatives and photographs dating from 1945 until 1970, was acquired by the museum in 1998 with help from The…


Added by Michael Wong on March 29, 2012 at 12:18 — No Comments

Auction: Polar Sale: Scott and Amundsen Centenary (London 30th March 2012)

For all you Captain Scott fans out there, Bonhams in London wil be holding a special Polar Sale next Friday (30/3) to mark the centenary of his tragic death. It will include a farewell letter found on Scott's body in November 1912, written on March 16 by the man himself, and expected to sell for £150,000 at auction.

If your pocket is not deep enough, then this lot…


Added by Michael Wong on March 23, 2012 at 13:24 — No Comments

Volunteers: Photo Archiving for Shropshire Archives

In a basement at Shrewsbury's archives library a huge stack of plain brown boxes lay on shelves in rows 24 high. Between them, they contain 45,000 photos, some dating back to the 19th Century and about many of which almost nothing is known. Some 23,000 images have already been catalogued by volunteers since 2006 but almost…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2012 at 22:13 — 1 Comment

Job: Teacher of Photography (Maternity Cover, P/T)

This is an opportunity from d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford, looking for an enthusiastic and able graduate to join a flourishing department. The College is happy to receive applications from newly qualified teachers, though a PGCE is not a requirement for this post. The post is part-time and the successful applicant will be expected to work two full days each week of…


Added by Michael Wong on March 22, 2012 at 21:55 — No Comments

Anyone for a round of 19th century golf?

Discovered in the early 1990s and dating back to the mid 1850's, this rare collection of Tom Morris-owned photographs is going on display for the first time. Known as the “golfing version of Tutankhamen’s Tomb”, this rare collection of 24 images - valued at around £350,000 - were discovered gathering dust in a St Andrews home by two…


Added by Michael Wong on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 — No Comments

Inspector Poirot steps in to solve a number of celebrity shootings in early 20th century

The victims: Winston Churchill, King Edward VIII & Wallis Simpson, the Queen, Louis Blériot and Welsh miners, to name but a few

The culprit: Fleet Street photographer Jimmy Jarche

Not to be outdone by BBC's Frith, ITV's first instalment of the returning Perspectives documentary strand features…


Added by Michael Wong on March 17, 2012 at 14:12 — No Comments

Francis Frith’s West Sussex

If you can't get enough of Frith, then you're in luck. Especially if you happen to live in West Sussex too!

This is because West Sussex libraries in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Crawley are the first of ten in the county to showcase photographs taken by renowned photographer Francis Frith over the next three months, until 31st March. All together nearly…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2012 at 18:51 — No Comments

Book: Kodak Girl: From the Martha Cooper Collection

Don't get too excited, guys, but this is the girl you've all been waiting for ......

Published recently, this book tells the remarkable story of the Kodak Girl, one of the most durable and successful marketing campaigns in advertising history. Created by George Eastman, inventor of the inexpensive hand-held camera, the Kodak Girl traces the intersection of American…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cardiff before Cardiff

More than a thousand photography negatives and three hundred prints taken by Cardiff photographer Keith S. Robertson during the late 1970s and early 1980s, were found whilst Warwick Hall in Gabalfa, Cardiff was renovated in late 2010. Discovered by Cardiff-based freelance photographer, Jon Pountney, it forms the basis of an exhibition depicting Cardiff’s…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2012 at 15:59 — No Comments

Barbican celebrates its 30th with photography

The Barbican will be celebrating its 30th birthday this Thursday. Amongst one of the biggest celebrations planned for this year will be a photography exhibition in the autumn focusing on the 1960s and 1970s, and will include renowned photographers from across the globe, all working during two of the most memorable decades of the 20th Century.

Featuring a pantheon of…


Added by Michael Wong on March 9, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Seminar: Explaining the Life and Death of an Icon

No, not on me. Dead - yes, Icon - definitely not.

Instead it's an interesting talk on Kodak's demise and why it was unable to escape its past and adapt to the new, digital world. Details of this talk at Cambridge University can be found …


Added by Michael Wong on March 9, 2012 at 20:57 — No Comments

Talk: Early Herefordshire Photographers

A basic introduction to Winterbourn, Watkins, Morgan and others. This lecture will look at the technology available to these pioneers of photography in Hereford, who were instrumental in capturing and freezing moments in time. We will see the recent discoveries of images taken by these photographers that enable us to find out more about our Victorian and Edwardian past in…


Added by Michael Wong on March 6, 2012 at 11:29 — No Comments

Britain’s history though Frith's photographs: BBC2 12th March 2012 ...

Much has been written about this anticipated BBC production between the pages of BPH. Well, the wait is finally over as the first two episodes will be broadcast on BBC 2 next Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March at 6:30pm, in full HD glory.

Broadcaster John Sergeant follows in the footsteps of Victorian pioneer photographer Francis Frith who, in the 1860s embarked upon…


Added by Michael Wong on March 6, 2012 at 11:19 — 5 Comments

Calling all BPH members with Bohemian beard .....

And that excludes all the female BPH readers - I hope so! Unless you know of any with a great looking beard. Short or long, young or old! - it doesn't matter.

If you have one, or know someone who does, you're in luck 'cos you could have your image captured in glass by Julia Margaret Cameron, and pocket £250 along the way! Well, not by her directly, but Dimbola Museum…


Added by Michael Wong on March 3, 2012 at 18:27 — No Comments

Talk: Photography and the Royal Family 1840-1880

Professor John Plunkett from the University of Exeter will explore Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s interest in photography as collectors. This lecture also shows them as subjects of the photography industry which was fast becoming a commercial and popular media for disseminating the images of distinguished people and…


Added by Michael Wong on March 1, 2012 at 9:12 — No Comments

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