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The World’s Oldest Photography Museum Goes Digital

George Eastman House recently announced it is adding high-resolution photographs to the Google Art Project, offering yet another platform to share its unparalleled collections. Eastman House, the world’s oldest museum of photography, is the first museum of photography to be…


Added by Michael Wong on April 9, 2013 at 22:56 — No Comments

Playing footsie the Victorian way .....

A chance find in a Brighton antiques shop in April 2012 may bring its owner in excess of £500,000 as Martin Philips has decided to part with his cardboard boxes of old photographs. Museums and private collectors have expressed an interest with his collection of Choate’s work and all three hundred original prints, plus some surviving glass negatives when they are sold…


Added by Michael Wong on April 1, 2013 at 13:41 — 5 Comments

Exhibition: Dress to Impress Fashion in early photography

Men and women have dressed to impress for all occasions throughout the ages. After the invention of photography in the late 1820s the popularity of dressing up for studio photographs grew, reaching its peak from1860 to1880. This exhibition is a snapshot of fashion and photography from 1880s cartes de visite to the start of the movie age in the early…


Added by Michael Wong on March 28, 2013 at 21:21 — No Comments

Event: The art, chemistry and craft of early photography

As well as an artist’s eye for composition early photographers had to understand the physics and chemistry of their art. On Saturday, 29th June 2013, Alex Boyd will demonstrate some of the techniques used in early photography by creating a number of portraits. Visitors are welcome to drop in, see Alex at work and ask questions.

Alex is widely…


Added by Michael Wong on March 28, 2013 at 21:17 — No Comments

ITV: History of Scottish Photography

It's been reported in the Irvine Herald that German-born Scots photographer, Alex Boyd, is currently working with renowned photographer Rankin on a new ITV programme about the History of Scottish Photography. 

He said: “Ultimately, there is…


Added by Michael Wong on March 23, 2013 at 22:46 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Jules Itier's China, 1844

The General Council of Essonne, through the French Museum of Photography maintains one of the largest collections of photographic heritage covering the entire history of photography and its uses. It counts among its most iconic and fragile, the first pictures known to-date in China, and the diary of the author Jules Itier.

These photographic works are the subject of a…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2013 at 22:42 — No Comments

Exhibition: Koshashin - The Hall Collection of 19th century Photographs of Japan

The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view one of the world’s largest collections of early Japanese photography. There are more than 230 works in this exhibition from the personal collection of Edmontonian Arlene Hall. Its debut was at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), which organized the exhibition in 2009. The photographs in the exhibition reflect the…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2013 at 22:24 — No Comments

Online: The Prince of Wales Journal: 6 February - 14 June 1862

In 1861, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert decided that their eldest son, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), would benefit from an extended tour of Egypt and the Middle East in 1862. It was thought that such a tour would provide the Prince with the opportunity to learn about ancient cultures, history and religions. It would also offer him the chance to…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2013 at 22:17 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Fantastic Legacy: Early Bombay Photography, from 1840 to 1900

A Fantastic Legacy: Early Bombay Photography presents over 100 original images gathered from public and private collections, and displayed throughout the gallery in various formats. This comprehensive show explores the rich 19th century history of photography in Mumbai and features some of the earliest anthropological studies that used photography, as well as…


Added by Michael Wong on March 14, 2013 at 22:10 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, National Media Museum

The Science Museum Group is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. The National Media Museum is part of this group with collections embracing photography, film, television, radio and the web. It…

Added by Michael Wong on February 12, 2013 at 10:21 — No Comments

National Archives: Australasia through a lens

Launched in time for Australia Day today (26 January), one can now view images of Australian towns, buildings, landmarks and people dating back as far as the mid 19th century. The National Archives has released online thousands of early photographs and drawings of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and other…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2013 at 15:55 — No Comments

Book: The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and…


Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2013 at 18:15 — No Comments

Exhibition: Chemistry of Light

Chemistry of Light is Traeger's response to a large collection of 19th Century photographs, negatives and camera equipment left to her in the 1960's by a great uncle in Tunbridge Wells. The collection includes very early Daguerreotypes and waxed paper negatives, leading up to large glass plates from the 1890’s.

Untouched since the 19th Century, many…


Added by Michael Wong on January 19, 2013 at 18:56 — No Comments

London 1853: Celebrating the 160 years since the founding of the Royal Photographic Society at the RSA

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Fellows will swarm London this weekend along with members of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and close out a 24-hour long photo shoot at the RSA – where the  RPS was founded in 1853. 

To help celebrate the 160th Anniversary of…


Added by Michael Wong on January 18, 2013 at 20:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: From Plate to Camera

An exhibition of photographs from the Royal Photographic Society which illustrate the progression of photography from its inception to the current day, opens at King Edward’s Art and Photography Department TAG Gallery on Tuesday 15th January until Friday 15th February.

The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see some early…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2013 at 17:37 — No Comments

2013: New Photo Art Fair in London

The Photo Art Fair is a new five-day exhibition of some 2,000 carefully curated, collectable works from up to 200 international photographers. As a brand new show, Photo Art is designed to provide visitors with the unique opportunity to purchase affordable and collectable photographs DIRECT from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2013 at 11:27 — No Comments

FT on Photography

The Financial Times have been running a special series on photography which appeared in the FT and FT Weekend. The last instalment was on an image - The Queen's Target' - by a pioneering Victorian photographer which is both a royal souvenir and a strikingly early piece of abstract art.…


Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2013 at 21:49 — No Comments

Book: From Biedermeier to Gründerzeit: Germany in Early Photographs 1840 - 1890

A book of vintage photographs of German cities and festivals taken between 1840 and 1890 has just been published in Germany. They give an intriguing glimpse of the clash between tradition and modernity in Germany at the outset of the industrial age.

"From Biedermeier to Gründerzeit: Germany in Early Photographs 1840 - 1890," accompanies a…


Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2013 at 21:39 — 1 Comment

University of St Andrews: 6 PhD Scholarships (3 years full-time)

The School of Art History at the University of St Andrews is offering 6 fully-funded PhD Scholarships of £15,000 in the areas of Museum & Gallery Studies, Art History and History of Photography to begin in September 2013. The Scholarships will cover the cost of fees (at the UK/EU home rate) and provide a tax-free bursary to successful candidates.

The School is one…


Added by Michael Wong on January 15, 2013 at 23:37 — No Comments

Job: Co-Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur

Fotomuseum Winterthur is an international museum. It sees itself as a vibrant space for exhibitions, education and collection, dedicated to the presentation and discourse on photography and images related to photography.

Founded in 1993, Fotomuseum Winterthur sees photography as an art form as well as a documentation of reality. It presents…


Added by Michael Wong on December 18, 2012 at 23:05 — No Comments

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