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Michael Wong's Blog – August 2011 Archive (19)

Conference: Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits Across Asia

To coincide with the Freer and Sackler exhibition POWER | PLAY China’s Empress Dowager (photographs of the Empress Dowager Cixi, dating from c.1903), the Japan Art History Forum will be holding a special conference focusing on the subject of imperial portraiture across…


Added by Michael Wong on August 31, 2011 at 6:46 — 1 Comment

Portraits of one of History's most powerful Woman

The life of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) was anything but conventional. She rose in power from a low-ranking imperial concubine to Grand Empress Dowager of the Qing court, reigning as sovereign to more than 400 million people for more than 45 years.

On public display for the first time will be 19 stunning life-sized, photographic portraits of the Empress…


Added by Michael Wong on August 31, 2011 at 6:45 — No Comments

Help Hercule Poirot solve this Shooting

Not gun shot wounds, but shots of of miners in the Rhondda Valley and men working at the Powell Duffryn Pit and Penallta Mine in Ystrad Mynach taken by an unsung Fleet Street photojournalist, James Jarché, in the 1930s. 

Now, his grandson, David Suchet, best known for playing Agatha Christie’s iconic Belgian detective, is coming to Wales this October to film…


Added by Michael Wong on August 30, 2011 at 7:52 — No Comments

Royal Photographic Society names new Director General

The Trustees of the Royal Photographic Society today (22 August) announced the appointment of Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, a former Christie's photographic specialist and director, as its new Director General to spearhead the Society's national and international profile.

Michael Pritchard takes up the post on 20 September and will be responsible for managing The…


Added by Michael Wong on August 28, 2011 at 6:30 — 7 Comments

Book: Believing Is Seeing

In Believing is Seeing Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris turns his eye to the nature of truth in photography. In his inimitable style, Morris untangles the mysteries behind an eclectic range of documentary photographs, from the ambrotype of three children found clasped in the hands of an unknown soldier at Gettysburg to the indelible portraits of the WPA…


Added by Michael Wong on August 27, 2011 at 12:52 — No Comments

George Eastman House: Into the Digital Age

Founded in 1947 on the estate of Kodak founder George Eastman, the world’s oldest photography museum holds an unparalleled collection of over 400,000 images from 9,000 photographers. These significant photo archives span from daguerreotypes to digital photographs, including such unique artist collections such as Southworth & Hawes, Lewis Hine, and Edward…


Added by Michael Wong on August 27, 2011 at 12:40 — No Comments

A night at the Auction

The London Street Photography Festival 2011 was drawn to an official close last night at an operatic evening of celebration, music, drinks, food, fun, laughter (not necessary in that order!) and a charity auction of exhibition prints to help fund next year's event. 

Held at the magnificent German Gymnasium in Kings Cross, the venue was packed to the brim with…


Added by Michael Wong on August 25, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

19th century’s great portraitist: Julia Margaret Cameron

If you happen to be visiting New York City this autumn, do drop into 962 Park Avenue at 82nd Street where you can view a fine display of more than 20 albumen prints from 1864 to 1874 taken by 19th century British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879). Although a late starter in photography at the age of 48, she is considered one of 19th century’s greatest…


Added by Michael Wong on August 24, 2011 at 9:35 — No Comments

It's all black & white at the British Science Festival 2011.....

The British Science Festival is one of Europe's largest science festivals, taking place each September. Each year the Festival travels to a different UK location, bringing you the latest in science, technology and engineering. For 2011, it will take place in the historic city of Bradford from Saturday 10th September -…


Added by Michael Wong on August 23, 2011 at 14:32 — No Comments

Photography @ Nottinghamshire Archives

As part of their lunchtime talks, the Nottinghamshire Archives will this year be exploring the fascinating world of photographs. Talks include archivist Chris Weir delving into the archives to highlight a selection of fascinating photos, local historian Peter Hammond looking at the history of family portraiture in Nottinghamshire, archivist Peter Lester exploring different…


Added by Michael Wong on August 22, 2011 at 22:11 — No Comments

Louis Adolphe Humbert de Molard (1800-1874)

A special exhibition dedicated to the photographic techniques used in the age of Louis Daguerre has been organised by the museums of Bry-sur-Marne and Lagny-sur-Marne. One of the highlights of the exhibit will be the display of part of a collection of about 50 prints by Louis Adolphe Humbert de Molard, never shown before to the general public.

From a rich Parisian…


Added by Michael Wong on August 22, 2011 at 21:41 — No Comments

The Bunnell Decades

As Princeton's first professor of the history of photography, from 1972 to 2002, Peter C. Bunnell mentored a generation of scholar-curators while building one of the great North American teaching collections. In celebration of the endowment of the Peter C. Bunnell Curatorship of Photography, this exhibition presents a “timeline” of works representing the major photography…


Added by Michael Wong on August 19, 2011 at 20:38 — No Comments

Lacock Abbey: Moments and Memories

A National Trust scheme called Moments and Memories is giving the abbey a new lease of life, bringing contemporary displays while also telling tales of years gone by.

The story of Lacock Abbey is told through the words of Matilda Talbot, the last owner of the abbey, who donated it to the National Trust in 1944. Her book, My Life And Lacock Abbey, not only captures her…


Added by Michael Wong on August 17, 2011 at 14:42 — No Comments

Job: Deputy Director/Head of Public Programmes, National Media Museum

This is a rare opportunity to impact on a truly unique institution. As Deputy Director/Head of Public Programmes, you will provide a key leadership role for the National Media Museum and specific project direction for our pioneering Internet Gallery.

The National Media Museum is home to Britain’s media heritage, containing three and a half million objects of national…


Added by Michael Wong on August 15, 2011 at 12:09 — No Comments

Photos of Victorian women murderers and thieves

The website has published 4,400 parole records with 500 photographs of some of the prisoners sentenced in the mid-19th century. All the records are from The National Archives of the UK. 

The database includes images of the records themselves, which make up a file on the convict. Their…


Added by Michael Wong on August 14, 2011 at 7:09 — No Comments

London Street Photography: Fund Raising Auction (Revised)

The highlight to officially end London Street Photography 2011 will be an evening of entertainment, food, vodka cocktails and an opportunity to purchase exhibition prints and celebrate the festival with other partners, contributors, and artists. All proceeds will go towards ensuring that the festival will be here in 2012.

A PDF of the catalogue is available here: …


Added by Michael Wong on August 12, 2011 at 11:17 — No Comments

George Eastman House: Largest Exhibition in its History

All eyes will be on George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film this fall as it presents the largest exhibition in its history -- The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection. More than 500 photographs by the masters of the medium will be on view. It is dedicating all of its primary gallery space to this…


Added by Michael Wong on August 7, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

1883: Stanley Dry Plate Company

A new exhibition celebrates the life and contributions of Freelan Oscar Stanley. This exhibit is a collaboration between the Stanley Museum and the Estes Park Museum and highlights objects from the collections of each institution such as Stanley dry-plates.

This photograph developing process invented and patented by F. O. and his twin brother Francis Edgar…


Added by Michael Wong on August 6, 2011 at 7:13 — 1 Comment

Brian May: Double Celebration in 3D

At a recent book-signing, held at Dimbola, of his book on 1850s stereographs entitled 'A Village Lost and Found' co-written with Elena Vidal, May took time to celebrate his birthday which fell on the same day. The birthday bash was held in the Seminar Room where a special 3D exhibition of stereoscopic photography based around the book is currently being held,…


Added by Michael Wong on August 3, 2011 at 14:11 — No Comments

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