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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

Book: History of Photography in China: Chinese Photographers 1844-1879

This book is the first extensive survey of early Chinese photographers in any language. It is profusely illustrated with more than 400 photographs, many of which are published here for the first time, including a fine selection of Foochow landscapes from the studios of Lai Fong, China’s leading photographer during this period, and Tung Hing.

Early chapters introduce…


Added by Michael Wong on May 27, 2013 at 19:07 — No Comments

Talk: Looking East from West: Orientalist Art and Photography

European travellers to the East were fascinated, particularly in the nineteenth century, with the lights, colours, and the different way of living. The newness of the environment they encountered inspired artists, writers and photographers and deeply impacted European art history. The Orient was seen as a far exotic land and from that dream the field of Orientalism came to…


Added by Michael Wong on May 25, 2013 at 12:52 — No Comments

China's hole-in-one at St Andrews University

A priceless archive of golf photography covering the development of golf from the 19th century onwards, which includes the extensive golf photography archives of the Lawrence Levy collection and the collections of Scottish photographer George Cowie, is to benefit from the support of the…


Added by Michael Wong on May 17, 2013 at 17:25 — No Comments

IOM Photographic Society: Happy 75th!

The Isle of Man Photographic Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary with an exhibition at the House of Manannan in Peel from Saturday 18 May 2013 to Sunday 4 August 2013. 

Jointly curated by Manx National Heritage and the Isle of Man Photographic Society, the exhibition will feature works by the society’s members together with vintage cameras and photographic equipment. There will also be a mock…


Added by Michael Wong on May 11, 2013 at 14:18 — No Comments

Job: Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellowship in Photography

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College seeks applications for the inaugural Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellowship in Photography. The Gruber Fellowship is a new and dynamic opportunity for emerging curators focused on the realm of photography, and offers an outstanding 2-year curatorial appoint to a recent Ph.D. in Art History and or an allied field with…


Added by Michael Wong on May 9, 2013 at 23:52 — No Comments

Auction: 19th-century Beijing photographs

London auction house Sotheby's is to put on sale a collection of photos on Beijing taken by Italian-British photographer Felice Beato in 1860, which includes the first photographic panorama of Peking showing the interior of the city, under the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Sotheby's believe that the photos could fetch between £100,000 to £200,000, adding that…


Added by Michael Wong on May 4, 2013 at 21:03 — No Comments

Book & Exhibition: Between Princely India and the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal

Raja Deen Dayal (1844 – 1905) was the first Indian photographer to earn international renown. Noted for remarkable beauty, aesthetic nuance and technical skill, Deen Dayal's photographs capture the architectural heritage of India, its landscape and people, and provide a lens through which we can explore a dynamic time in India's history and the role Deen Dayal had in…


Added by Michael Wong on April 25, 2013 at 21:48 — No Comments

BBC: Rare 19th century photos of India

The BBC website has put up a slideshow of rare 19th century images of India by the legendary Indian photographer, Raja Deen Dayel (1844 - 1905) which you can view on this link …


Added by Michael Wong on April 24, 2013 at 21:58 — No Comments

Job: Digital Imaging Officer (National Maritime Museum)

The Museum’s Photographic Studio creates and supplies images for a wide range of internal and external clients. The Studio is part of the Commercial Division consisting of income-generating departments including Picture Library, Retail, Admissions, Events and Marketing.

Carry out scanning, post-production, printing and photography for the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 — No Comments

Job: International Photography Curator (National Galleries of Scotland)

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic curator to enrich Scotland's outstanding national collection of photography and shape a national and international programme to exhibit and promote it. 

Based at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, which has a Gallery dedicated to the display of photography, the new…


Added by Michael Wong on April 11, 2013 at 21:05 — No Comments

Picturing China 1870-1950: Photographs from British collections

The British Embassy in Beijing recently held an exhibition at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing presenting China as seen through camera lenses dating as far back as 1870. This is the first time this exhibition has been displayed in China.

‘Picturing China 1870-1950: Photographs from British Collections’ presents a wealth of images of a country undergoing…


Added by Michael Wong on April 10, 2013 at 8:54 — No Comments

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