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

Archive: West Sussex Record Office

The Record Office of West Sussex County holds one of the largest archives of historic photos in the country. For the first time, it has made the archive available online for the general public to browse and buy online.

Apparently, Images can also be put on a jigsaw, coffee mug, mouse mat or keyrings - shock horrors! Prices range from £5 for a small print,…


Added by Michael Wong on April 30, 2012 at 23:23 — No Comments

The Post Office in Pictures

With the cost of First Class postage going up a staggering 30% from 46p to 60p tomorrow, I'm pleased to say that at least this exhibition from The Royal Mail Archive is free!

The Post Office in Pictures is an exhibition showcasing iconic photographic images sourced from The Royal Mail Archive.

In 1933 Sir Stephen Tallents was appointed Public Relations Officer…


Added by Michael Wong on April 29, 2012 at 15:31 — No Comments

Glass Plate Photography: The Photograph as Document

A selection of the glass plate negatives that form the substantial collections of George Washington Wilson and the …


Added by Michael Wong on April 29, 2012 at 15:10 — No Comments

Royal Geographical Society: Arabia through a lens

From the architectural record and romance of Gertrude Bell to ground-breaking documentary images by Captain William Shakespear and Harry St. John Philby, this showcase provides an introduction to the work of early British photographers in the Middle East; documenting people and places which have since undergone significant change.

Led by their…


Added by Michael Wong on April 28, 2012 at 23:10 — No Comments

Exhibition: Another London

Tate Britain will hold an exhibition of 180 classic twentieth-century photographs which take London as their key subject. In the years between 1930 and 1980, some of the best-known photographers from around the world came to London to make work about the city and its communities. This exhibition will bring together some of the biggest names in international…


Added by Michael Wong on April 28, 2012 at 13:43 — No Comments

Photo Archive: NYC Department of Records

Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, NYC's Department of Records officially announced the debut of their online photo archive featuring all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.

The project was four years in the making, part of the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 24, 2012 at 9:09 — No Comments

Video and audio podcasts: Niépce in England

I know that this is a bit of an old hat, but for those who missed the NMeM's Niépce in England' Conference back in Oct 2010, the Royal Society now has both a video and audio podcast of Philippa Wright's talk where she announcd and shared with the photographic, conservation and scientific communities the ground breaking findings which had been discovered during the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 23, 2012 at 21:20 — 1 Comment

Trivia: What's the connection between a statue in Victoria Park, Swansea with a pioneer of photography?

Near the Patti Pavilion stands the statue of Alderman William Thomas, the Pioneer of Open Spaces.

A director of the Landore Tinplate Company, William Thomas of Lan Manor, Morriston, was elected to Swansea Corporation in 1871. Because the rapid increase of industrialisation in the 19th century left little land for recreation, he offered a prize for the best essay in…


Added by Michael Wong on April 22, 2012 at 13:33 — No Comments

Archive Make-Over: Warwick-based Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

The photographic archive of the Warwick-based Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has been given a 21st century makeover.

Nearly 3,000 pictures belonging to the historic regiment - formerly the Royal Warwickshire Regiment - have been digitally preserved by Kineton-based experts We (Save Photo) who offered their services to the regiment free of charge.

During the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 20, 2012 at 18:29 — No Comments

Exhibition: What is a Photograph?

What is a photograph? How do we define its history? This exhibition, compiled mostly from NOMA's permanent collection, examines many forms of photography from the 1840s to the present, in order to explore these questions. Over the past 190 years, photography has infiltrated almost every aspect of modern life, from birth to war and science to religion. During this time, the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2012 at 18:41 — No Comments

Sothebys: Gustave LeGray album

Sotheby’s 15 May Photographs auction in Paris offers an exquisite selection of works ranging from 19th century daguerreotypes to contemporary photographic oeuvres. The undisputed highlight in the historic photography section is Gustave LeGray’s exceptional album of nine salt prints documenting the Salon de Paris 1852, estimated between € 240,000 and…


Added by Michael Wong on April 19, 2012 at 18:28 — 2 Comments

Job: Lecturer in History and History of Art

The University of Bristol invites applications to a permanent Lectureship in History and History of Art. Candidates are welcomed who can demonstrate excellence in research in any area which spans the two disciplines concerned, and who are capable of teaching in both and developing other means to encourage the further integration of both within the same…


Added by Michael Wong on April 17, 2012 at 11:08 — No Comments

The Rob Dickins Collection of Victorian photographs: The Changing Faces of Fame

The Rob Dickins Collection includes 3,500 photographs of over 1000 artists and leading personalities of the nineteenth century, together with 1,000 artist letters. After purchasing an archive collected over many years by Jeremy Maas, the London art dealer, one of the Watts Gallery’s trustees, Rob Dickins CBE added his own collection and generously donated it to the Watts…


Added by Michael Wong on April 15, 2012 at 18:16 — No Comments

Archive: 60 years of Irish history

Sixty years of Irish history including 2.6 million negatives and key events in Ireland such as the arrival of the Beatles, Princess Grace, Muhammad Ali and John F Kennedy has been preserved by a Dublin photo agency.

Lensmen Press and Public Relations Photographic Agency was set up in Dublin in 1952 by Andy Farren and Padraig MacBrien.  In 1995, Susan Kennedy took over…


Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2012 at 16:49 — No Comments

Website: Early Photography of Japan

Early Photography of Japan is a virtual collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications with over 2,000 images from Widener Library, the Fine Arts Library, and Harvard-Yenching Library. These images primarily document the early history of commercial…


Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2012 at 16:43 — No Comments

Library of Birmingham: Reference Works

Much has been written between the pages of BPH of the National Media Museum's new Media Space within London's Science Museum.

But brewing in the background in the West Midlands is a building that will transform the skyline of Birmingham. It is the  revamped Library of Birmingham scheduled to reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. It will…


Added by Michael Wong on April 4, 2012 at 19:15 — No Comments

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