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

Thomas Begbie: Views of Edinburgh

Born to a family of lapidaries (precious stone merchants) in 1840 in Edinburgh, Thomas Begbie only took up photography in the late 1850s before becoming a member of the Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1867. He set up a professional photography studio at 7 Leith Street (now the site of the St James Centre), and appeared in trade directories from 1874, advertising himself as…


Added by Michael Wong on May 11, 2011 at 11:40 — 4 Comments

John Thomson & early photography in Taiwan

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum is holding a special exhibition of 247 precious pictures taken by 114 famed photographers dating from from 1871 to 2011. The exhibition, titled “Eye of the Times: Centennial Images of Taiwan,” spans 140 years and is divided into three periods: the Qing Dynasty (1871-1895), the Japanese rule (1895-1949), and the R.O.C. in Taiwan…


Added by Michael Wong on May 7, 2011 at 14:44 — 1 Comment

Lunchtime Talks: Early Photography and Plymouth

For those BPH members interested in this current exhibition and forthcoming Conference, don't forget that Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery are also hosting three separate… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on May 7, 2011 at 6:52 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Century of the Film

If you happen to be hiking in the Swiss Alps this summer, do drop in to the town of Vevey by the north shore of Lake Geneva to view this exhibition.

When the film on a flexible support appeared on the market in the 1880s, the whole world of photography was radically transformed. Cameras underwent a complete metamorphosis, rapidly becoming smaller and smaller and more…


Added by Michael Wong on May 6, 2011 at 5:40 — No Comments

Gernsheim Collection wins Award

The Gernsheim Collection, published by the University of Texas Press, written by Roy Flukinger and designed by Pentagram, won the Fred Whitehead Award for Best Book Design at the Texas Institute of Letters 75th anniversary awards ceremony last…


Added by Michael Wong on May 6, 2011 at 5:39 — No Comments

19th Century British Photographs: An Interview with the Curator

This exhibition which ended just a few weeks ago, included more than 100 photographs from the National Gallery of Canada's own collection, ranging from the historical images of William Henry Fox Talbot, taken circa 1839, to the sophisticated architectural studies made by Frederick H. Evans at the beginning of the twentieth century. 

You can read an interview with Lori…


Added by Michael Wong on May 5, 2011 at 5:35 — No Comments

Book: The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World

A Victorian science expert at St. John's University, Snyder offers a four-in-one biography of 19th-century scientists -  Whewell, Babbage, Jones, as well as John Herschel, who mapped the skies of the Southern hemisphere and coinvented photography. 

In 1812, when academic science was still a backward field, the four Cambridge students founded the Philosophical Breakfast…


Added by Michael Wong on May 2, 2011 at 6:34 — No Comments

Photo Collection: International Mission Photography Archive

The International Mission Photography Archive offers over 60,000 historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, and the United States. The photographs, from the 1860s until World War II, offer a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China, Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean.…


Added by Michael Wong on May 2, 2011 at 6:33 — No Comments

Ships, trains and glass negatives

South Shields Local History Group is looking for volunteers from outside the group with a knowledge of ships and trains to help identify and research a collection of glass negatives dating from the late 1800s to about 1930.  The photographic images are held in the local history section of the town library in Prince Georg Square. Having just  gained funding from the Community…


Added by Michael Wong on May 1, 2011 at 5:30 — No Comments

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