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Michael Wong's Blog – May 2011 Archive (29)

World's most expensive camera

Just as when you thought the world's first commercially produced camera, a daguerreotype, dating from 1839 and bearing the rare signature of its French inventor which sold at auction in Vienna last year for a record 732,000 Euros could not be broken, well think…


Added by Michael Wong on May 30, 2011 at 22:45 — No Comments

Job: Photography Conservator (The Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

As part of the Digital Center for Americana initiative, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is undertaking a processing, cataloging, conservation, and digitization project involving twenty-one ethnic history collections. These collections span over three hundred years and document a diverse range of ethnic groups and activities, with portions in Swedish, French, Greek,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 28, 2011 at 18:17 — No Comments

English 'Dr Who' creates time travel in Toronto

ZeitagTO, a free app available for the iPhone and iPad, aims to pull local history out of climate-controlled government archives and into the hands of those who are curious to see the Toronto that was by showcasing various images based on your location within the city.

Gary Blakeley, a graphic designer who emigrated to Canada from England in 1987 hired a developer,…


Added by Michael Wong on May 28, 2011 at 18:16 — No Comments

2012-2013 Research Fellowships

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards over 50 fellowships to support projects that demonstrate the necessity of substantial on-site use of its collections by applicants. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts,…


Added by Michael Wong on May 24, 2011 at 18:07 — No Comments

Homeless, beer & early photography

When thinking about homeless people and beer, negative connotations can’t help but arise in your mind. However, this may all change as members of Cambridge's homeless community have created a series of photographs using pinhole cameras made from beer cans. Photographer Mark Woods-Nunn worked with members of the charity…


Added by Michael Wong on May 22, 2011 at 15:19 — No Comments

London’s East End archived

Projects to catalogue the picture archives of the renowned East End photographer Phil Maxwell and the Morning Star newspaper, formerly the Daily Worker, have been started by archivists in the City of London. The collections are being made ready to go online by the prestigious Bishopsgate Institute.



Added by Michael Wong on May 22, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

Harry Hammond (1920-2009): The Birth of British Rock Photography

Photographs by legendary photographer Harry Hammond celebrating the birth of British rock are part of a new exhibition now on show.  Hammond, who died aged 88, in 2009, was the first great photographer of British rock’n’roll, chronicling the first decade of that music, up to and including the emergence of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

For nearly two decades…


Added by Michael Wong on May 22, 2011 at 14:48 — No Comments

Job: Photo Archives Intern (Drew Archival Library, USA)

The Drew Archival Library of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society is seeking a Photo Archives Intern. The Intern will be responsible for cataloging and digitizing two large photographic collections consisting of images dating from the 1840’s to the late 20th century.

Applicants must be in a graduate program in Library Science or Archives or recently graduated and…


Added by Michael Wong on May 21, 2011 at 6:03 — No Comments

Photographica Fair 2011: London

Don't forget about the London Photographica Fair this coming weekend (22nd May). It is the UK's largest photographic collectors fair and is organized by a separate sub-committee of the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain.

Having grown from small beginnings a typical Photographica will have around 200 tables offering everything from daguerreotypes and images,…


Added by Michael Wong on May 20, 2011 at 9:19 — No Comments

Bedford Lemere & Co. 1870-1930

One of London's most iconic landmark - the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - or formerly better known as The Midland Grand Hotel was the last and most extravagant of the great Victorian railway hotels, costing 14 times more than its nearby rival the Great Northern. It opened when the railway boom was turning to bust, the 19th century's equivalent of the bursting of the dotcom…


Added by Michael Wong on May 19, 2011 at 10:51 — No Comments

Wisbech Photographic Festival

As part of this year's Wisbech Photographic Festival, Peckover House in Wisbech will be showing an exhibition on William Fox Talbot, the British inventor and pioneer of photography. The exhibition entitled "Children in camera: 1860s photographs from the pioneer photographer" has been…


Added by Michael Wong on May 19, 2011 at 9:03 — No Comments

Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellowships

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is offering (2) Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellowships in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department. The Parsons Fellows will provide general assistance to the Curator and the Department Head, as well as the Associate Curator, while also conducting scholarly research in connection with the permanent…


Added by Michael Wong on May 18, 2011 at 14:52 — No Comments

St Andrews Graduate awarded Internship

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) today announced the successful recipients of their two 2011 Curatorial Opportunities: the Young Curators Program and the Power Coroporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program. 

For the latter, internships were awarded to Marta Masferrer Juliol and Cerys Wilson. Both will be in residence in Montreal for nine months. Ms…


Added by Michael Wong on May 17, 2011 at 17:12 — 1 Comment

Public Unveiling: The Cincinnati Riverfront Panorama of 1848

A special programme celebrating the unveiling of a permanent display of Cincinnati Library’s treasured Cincinnati Riverfront Panorama of 1848  in The Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room will be held this coming Saturday, 21st May 2011.

As mentioned in an earlier…


Added by Michael Wong on May 17, 2011 at 7:35 — No Comments

Cameron plate box at auction

Do you fancy owning a piece of photographic nostalgia? If so, does an 1865 wooden wet-plate negative box once used by Julia Margaret Cameron of interest to you? It is estimated between Euro 6,000-8,000, with provenance from the Spira Collection.

Or what about a near perfect Hegelein watch camera whereby only three are known to exist in the world, and this camera,…


Added by Michael Wong on May 14, 2011 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Job: Explainer, National Media Museum

The National Media Museum (NMeM) is one of the leading museums in the north of England, receiving over 500,000 visitors a year and they want you to contribute to their ongoing success.

NMeM are looking for an extrovert, engaging and entertaining…


Added by Michael Wong on May 13, 2011 at 18:47 — No Comments

Festival of Victorian Photography

As part of a special commemoration to celebrate Saltburn's 150 years as a Victorian town, a Festival of Victorian Photography will be held. Visited by Francis Frith back in the 19th century (as part of his colossal project to photograph every town and village in the United Kingdom), sixteen photographers have since…


Added by Michael Wong on May 13, 2011 at 10:57 — 1 Comment

An Englishman in New York

New York University held a commemoration to celebrate the centenary of Dr. John William Draper (an Englishman by birth), who, when Professor of Chemistry in the university's early days, took the first photographic likeness ever made of the human face, when Daguerre failed to do it.

Some of Draper's advice for portrait sittings include: “The hands should never…


Added by Michael Wong on May 12, 2011 at 18:12 — No Comments

When in France ......

Yes. You did see it correctly! It is a photo of a man defecating on a beach.

But not just any ordinary man. It is the iconic photograph showing the French painter/illustrator, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, defecating on the beach at Le Crotoy in 1898. You can view this and more in an exhibition celebrating the first century of photography in France with vintage…


Added by Michael Wong on May 12, 2011 at 5:34 — 1 Comment

John Burke (1843 - 1900) in the 21st century

John Burke was one of the first people to take photographs of Afghanistan, having travelled there during the second Anglo-Afghan war of 1878 to 1880. His images of landscapes, cities and inhabitants provided a cue for Simon Norfolk to begin a new series of photographs in October 2010.

Burke photographed the Second Anglo-Afghan War in the late 1870s. Born in Ireland…


Added by Michael Wong on May 11, 2011 at 11:40 — No Comments

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