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Michael Wong's Blog – June 2013 Archive (10)

Book: Antique Photographica: The Collector's Vision

The closure of the era of chemical imaging coincided with the turn of the 21st century: now is the perfect time to review what photography has been, consider what it is now, and contemplate what it will become. With contributions from 20 collectors and scholars, the collections in this book range from 1840–1940, including camera obscuras and cyanotypes to autochromes,…


Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2013 at 18:40 — No Comments

Exhibition: Queen to appear in a phone box ....

No, not the HRH type, but the Victorian ones. And it's not Queen Victoria either. It involves May, and will be held in November ....

Confused? Here goes ..... rock group Queen legend, Brian May, will be showing an exhibition of his Victorian 'stereographic' photography in November.

And what about the phone booth? Well, the exhibition will be held in what is the…


Added by Michael Wong on June 27, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography

This exhibition explores the lives and careers of the Charles R. Meade and Henry W. M. Meade brothers who, along with their contemporaries such as Mathew Brady and Southworth and Hawes, are recognized as leading members of the first generation of American studio photographers.

Details can be found …


Added by Michael Wong on June 19, 2013 at 21:24 — 4 Comments

NMeM: Saved by public opinion (and common sense!)

The local MP for Bradford has been assured by the Culture Minister yesterday that they are clear about the value of the Museum to the local area and to the UK, and any closure would be 'unacceptable'. George Galloway, the Bradford West MP, went further, saying: “The museum will not close. The minister said it was a political non-starter – and…


Added by Michael Wong on June 18, 2013 at 7:53 — No Comments

NMeM: Happy 30th!

Look forward to celebrating your 100th!

Check out the celebratory events here.

Added by Michael Wong on June 16, 2013 at 14:57 — No Comments

Auction: Victorian Bournemouth in an attic

Auctioneers Davey and Davey will be putting up for sale a photo album, dating back to the 1870s, that was recently found in an attic in a home at Parkstone.  Much of the fascination of the album lies in seeing the foundations of modern Bournemouth taking shape. There is a view of Westover Villas near St…


Added by Michael Wong on June 12, 2013 at 21:15 — No Comments

PETITION: Save the National Media Museum (Updated)

Join the petition and include your name on this link here.

As of 0930 on 7 June 12,450 had signed the petition.

17,695 have signed as of 0811 on 8 June 2013

20,702 at 1707 on 9 June…


Added by Michael Wong on June 6, 2013 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Llewelyn's equatorial observatory and laboratory

19th-century equatorial observatory and laboratory once used by John Dillwyn Llewelyn and his daughter, Thereza, to capture some of the earliest images of the moon will be brought back to life. A £2.9 million restoration project is currently under way at Penllergare Valley Woods with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Parks for People…


Added by Michael Wong on June 1, 2013 at 13:39 — No Comments

Shining a (lantern) light on a 19th century Irish photographer

A public appeal was launched last year by the RCB Library in Dublin to help identify the work of a skilled and widely-travelled photographer, whose set of 296 lantern slide was recovered from…


Added by Michael Wong on June 1, 2013 at 13:28 — No Comments

Book: Visual Histories: Photography in the Popular Imagination

Not much is known about how the coming of photography changed visual discourse or affected people's lives. Divided into two sections, this selection of 32 essays, each illustrated with archival photographs, looks at the camera in the colonial era and in post-independent India. 

In the nineteenth century, the camera and the studio became necessary…


Added by Michael Wong on June 1, 2013 at 13:13 — No Comments

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