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Michael Wong's Blog – September 2011 Archive (28)

RPS gets a new President

After the appointment of a new Director-General a few weeks ago, the Royal Photographic Society has today announced its new President. 

Roy Robertson, its first Scottish president since the Earl of Crawford in 1897, resides in…


Added by Michael Wong on September 30, 2011 at 13:55 — No Comments

Auction: Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War

Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War is a compilation of 100 photographs of the American Civil War (1861-1865), made by Alexander Gardner and other photographers (Timothy O’Sullivan, John Reekie, David Knox, D.B. Woodbury etc.) in his employ. This two-volume book contained 50 hand-mounted original prints. 

Lot 42 will be auctioned off at a forthcoming Sotheby's… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on September 30, 2011 at 13:46 — No Comments

Cundall's London in 1844

I came across a blog featuring a fascinating image of London with St Paul's in the background taken in 1844 by Joseph Cundall (1818-1895) (aka Stephen Percy). He was both a Victorian children’s book publisher as well as an early pioneer of photography. Ever eager to 'network', Cundall would provide employment for many of the best artists of the day by using them as…


Added by Michael Wong on September 29, 2011 at 15:18 — No Comments

Scott's Last Expedition: A Centenary Celebration

The Natural History Museum in London will be hosting a groundbreaking new exhibition in 2012 exploring the captivating story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913, the Terra Nova expedition. 

The exhibition goes beyond the familiar tales of the journey to the South Pole and the death of the Polar Party to explore the Terra…


Added by Michael Wong on September 25, 2011 at 8:49 — No Comments

Book: Eduard Spelterini and the Spectacle of Images: The Coloured Slides of the Pioneer Balloonist

The Swiss Eduard Spelterini (1852-1931) was perhaps Europe's greatest pioneer of ballooning in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was the first to cross in a balloon and photograph from the air the Alps in 1898 and to take aerial photographs of the pyramids of Giza, ancient Persian cities and South Africa's gold mines.

Born an inn-keeper's son in a remote…


Added by Michael Wong on September 22, 2011 at 21:33 — No Comments

Book: The Invention of Paradise 1845-1870: Paul-Aemile Miot

Photographs from the 1869—1870 Polynesian excursion of the French Navy Commander, Paul-Émile Miot (1827—1900) An elaborate, handsome book of formerly unpublished photographs, drawings and objects from Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. When the French Navy Commander Paul-Émile Miot was sent to Oceania on the Astréein 1869, he took his camera equipment along, as he…


Added by Michael Wong on September 22, 2011 at 21:27 — No Comments

National Gallery focuses on photography in 2012

'Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present', which is slated to open next October, will showcase "exceptional examples" of early and contemporary photography in a display which will span 150 years of the medium.

Works will include those by leading photographers including Tom Hunter, Thomas Struth, Craigie…


Added by Michael Wong on September 20, 2011 at 22:34 — No Comments

Why it's worth to be a Devon-born Victorian photographer in Burma in 1855

Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was a career army officer in the Madras establishment of the East India Company. In June 1855, Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General, recommended that Tripe be appointed to Arthur Phayre's mission to Ava. The climate, bad weather and Tripe's health meant that he had to telescope what he expected to accomplish in four months into thirty-six days,…


Added by Michael Wong on September 20, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

Job: Digital Image Cataloguer - Photographs

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.

The RIBA's British Architectural Library is the leading library in the United Kingdom for the study of architecture and architectural history. It provides a service to practicing architects, students, architectural…


Added by Michael Wong on September 18, 2011 at 19:05 — No Comments

Auction: Complete Astrid Kirchherr Beatles archive, including copyright

Astrid Kirchherr, born in 1938 in Hamburg, showed early interest in dress designing and photography. She was introduced to the Beatles at the Kaiserkeller Club there by her-then boyfriend Klaus Voormann, who later designed the cover for the Beatles' album "Revolver." Kirchherr began taking photos of the pre-fame Beatles. The photos were characterized by the stunning…


Added by Michael Wong on September 18, 2011 at 18:58 — No Comments

Job: Collection Registration Officer (Images), Museum Victoria, Australia

Victoria's leading museum is seeking a Collection Registration Officer to assist with the registration of images and audiovisual material in the State Collection, within the History & Technology department of Museum Victoria. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with items of historical significance. The position is based at the iconic Scienceworks…


Added by Michael Wong on September 17, 2011 at 14:40 — No Comments

Online: Frick Art Reference Library photo archive records

The Frick Art Reference Library was founded in 1920 to serve “adults with a serious interest in art,” among them scholars, art professionals, collectors, and students. The Library’s book and photograph research collections relate chiefly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists.…


Added by Michael Wong on September 16, 2011 at 22:22 — No Comments

Jobs: Sales & Service Manager and Audience Researcher, National Media Museum

Award-winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

As Sales and Service…


Added by Michael Wong on September 15, 2011 at 18:57 — No Comments

Bonhams: Walter Woodbury and James Page

A rare set of photographic albums of the Dutch East Indies by the pioneering Victorian photographers, Walter Woodbury and James Page, will be auctioned off at a forthcoming sale in early October in Bonhams London.

The Lot features 248 images and is believed to represent one third of the…


Added by Michael Wong on September 15, 2011 at 10:23 — No Comments

Fugitive Images: 1840-1867

Captain Francis Light established a British settlement on this little island back in 1786. Formerly known as Prince of Wales Island, it was a thriving entrepot of the 18th and 19th centuries and is often remembered for its trade connections for the British with the Far East.

This coming weekend (16th-17th Sept), Think City Sdn Bhd and the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT)…


Added by Michael Wong on September 14, 2011 at 17:02 — No Comments

John Dillwyn Llewelyn 'wins' £2 million in the lottery!

Well, not him directly, but, The Penllergare Trust.  And also, it's a lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810-1882), the 19th Century horticulturist and early photographer, who married the first cousin of Henry Fox…


Added by Michael Wong on September 13, 2011 at 18:32 — No Comments

Book: Britain's First Photo Album

To accompany the 10-part BBC television series as mentioned in an earlier blog here, The Francis Frith Collection announced that it will also be publishing a book focussing on the achievement of the Victorian photographer Francis Frith, who in the…


Added by Michael Wong on September 13, 2011 at 8:06 — No Comments

Ireland's National Photographic Archive: Small Lives

The 50 photographs – mostly black and white – are drawn from across NLI’s collections, and range from formal studio portraits featuring children of the landed classes taken in the 1880s to more candid shots of city kids taken in the 1960s. Small Lives shows Irish children not just in the context of their own lives but also in the context of Irish history,…


Added by Michael Wong on September 13, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Center for Creative Photography: Fellowships 2011

The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, invites applications for fellowships in support of research using the Center's archive, fine print, and rare book collections. Our goal is to promote new knowledge about photography, photographic history, and photographic theory. Fellowship applications are evaluated within this context.

The Center for…


Added by Michael Wong on September 10, 2011 at 18:02 — No Comments

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