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Job: Project Management Support Assistant National Media Museum, Bradford

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. As Project Management Support Assistant, you will coordinate and support the Indian Cinema 100 project and programme of events. 

This role offers the opportunity to be right at the heart of a new programme for the Museum. You…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 18, 2012 at 23:01 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East

In 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on a four-month educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford (1815-94). This exhibition documents his journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. It explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 18, 2012 at 16:54 — No Comments

Bodleian Library launches £2.2m bid to stop Fox Talbot archive going overseas (UPDATED)

It has been reported in The Guardian that a £2.25m bid has been launched this week to acquire an archive of Fox Talbot's life and work – including some of the first photographs ever taken, and the first taken by a woman. The bid, which the Bodleian hopes will attract a National Heritage Memorial Fund grant for just under half the cost, is supported by…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 13, 2012 at 7:13 — No Comments

V&A: Played in Britian

The Victoria and Albert Museum has launched a new app, called Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, which comprises a chronological collection of photographs of 100 plays from 60 years of remarkable post-war theatre - from J. B. Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls (1946), to Laura Wade’s Posh (2010).

Following the death of photographer,…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 12, 2012 at 22:24 — No Comments

Video: A Brief History of Photography: Innovations in Chemistry

The history of photography is rich with chemical innovations and insights, producing hundreds of different processes to develop images in unique and often beautiful ways. But these historical images can be difficult to conserve, especially since each type of photograph requires a different preservation technique. While two photos could look very similar, they may…

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Added by Michael Wong on December 1, 2012 at 19:54 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East

In 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on a four-month educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford (1815-94). This exhibition documents his journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. It explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 29, 2012 at 8:41 — No Comments

Auction: Rare images of Africa, China, Java and India by 19th century photogaphy pioneers

This Bonhams auction in London on 4th Dec includes an exceptionally rare set of two volumes of photographic albums of Java in the Dutch East Indies by the pioneering Victorian photographers, Walter Woodbury and James Page. Containing some 60 topographical views and portraits, mostly around Batavia, they are estimated to sell for between £10,000-15,000.

Another lot on…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 25, 2012 at 18:12 — No Comments

World record £603,837 for a Leica Luxus I camera

This item, lot 2104, an Exceptional Leica Luxus I, circa 1930, No.40848 with a 50mm f3.5 Elmar lens, and a faux lizard skin body covering had been estimated to sell for HK$1,200,000-1,800,000. In the end it was knocked down for almost seven times that amount on Friday.

Jon Baddeley, Head of Collectables at Bonhams, said after the sale: "This was the first Leica sale…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 25, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

HoP Research Seminar: An Axis Between Old and New: Exhibiting Photography at the National Gallery

Photography is an art form of modern times, but it also arises from artistic traditions that long predate its advent. The new National Gallery exhibition, Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present, is a three-way project which argues that historical art was an engine for early photographic invention, and that both those precedents inspire…

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Added by Michael Wong on October 11, 2012 at 10:20 — 1 Comment

Catalogue: The circle of photographers Gustave Le Gray (1850-1860)

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Modernism and Modernity - The circle of photographers Gustave Le Gray (1850-1860) - details of which can be found here.

The photograph was…

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Added by Michael Wong on October 11, 2012 at 10:14 — No Comments

Book: Photographers - pre-launch price

Photographers celebrates the truly innovative men and women behind the camera; trailblazers in their field, who captured and immortalised our world.

This definitive edition shows rarely seen photographs of some of twentieth-century photography’s greatest names. From Henri Cartier-Bresson and Weegee, to David Bailey…

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Added by Michael Wong on October 11, 2012 at 6:43 — No Comments

Exhibition: Fred Bremner’s Vision of India

In 1889, upon returning from a trip home and after finishing his term working for his brother-in-law in Lucknow, Bremner set up on his own in Karachi. Over the years he based himself in studios from Karachi to Lahore during the winter, moving to mountainous towns such as Simla during the stifling summers.

Like many commercial photographers in India he relied on…

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Added by Michael Wong on October 6, 2012 at 19:12 — No Comments

Trivial: What's the connection between Brent Cross Shopping Centre and photography?

Did you know that the ground where Brent Cross Shopping Centre (in London NW4) is currently situated was once the chemical works site of Johnsons of Hendon?

Johnsons of Hendon Limited began with a goldsmith named Richard Wright with a business in 1743 in Maiden Lane in the City. John Johnson took over the business and was the first…

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Added by Michael Wong on October 3, 2012 at 22:35 — No Comments

Marking Bourne's centenary ...

To mark the centenary of Samuel Bourne’s death, a special exhibition of this 19th century photographer will be open to the public shortly.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness of The Bromley House Studio Heritage Project, directed by Geoff Blackwell. Alfred Barber set up the first ever photographic studio in the Midlands in the attic rooms of Bromley House in 1842.…

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Added by Michael Wong on September 25, 2012 at 18:47 — No Comments

Exhibition: Mastering the Lens: Before and After Cartier-Bresson in Pondicherry

This new exhibition of images, organised by Alliance Francaise de Delhi and Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, tries to recreate the history of photography in this former French colony of Pondicherry from the late 19th to 20th century. It includes an 1860 photo by French photographer, Charles Molne.

Details can be found …

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Added by Michael Wong on September 19, 2012 at 10:44 — No Comments

Louvre Abu Dhabi acquires its first photographic works

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has started collecting photography, making its first acquisitions in the field, which include a daguerreotype by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey showing a veiled woman, Ayoucha, around 1843 and Roger Fenton's Pasha and Bedouin, 1858. The works are among the latest round of acquisitions announced by the Abu…

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Added by Michael Wong on September 15, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Royal Geographical Society in Asia from 1862 to 1955

This exhibition consists of almost 100 years of photography starting with Clarence Taylor's 1862 work in Nepal and finishing with the great expeditions to Everest and Kanchenjunga in the 1950s. It also introduces the impressive collections from the Society of historic maps, over half million photographs dating from 1850 to the present, rare boos etc.

The exhibition…

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Added by Michael Wong on August 31, 2012 at 13:18 — No Comments

Job: Collections Information Officer - Media Space

Here's another offering from the new Media Space in London - good luck!

Fixed term part time contract until 31st March 2013

The ScienceMuseum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. Media Space is a major new gallery space development which will house a series of temporary…

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Added by Michael Wong on August 30, 2012 at 11:47 — No Comments

Scotland's Colourful Record

Did you know that almost 80 years ago, Scotland's Daily Record was the first newspaper in the world to use colour? This was a ground-breaking achievement that eventually lead the world to colour printing and photography. 

Over the next two weeks they will reveal more stunning pictures from their photographic collection – from the iconic to the never before…

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Added by Michael Wong on August 23, 2012 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

The other Shackleton .....

One of the largest collections of early photographs by a female photographer in Ireland was taken by Jane W. Shackleton from the late 1800s. Jane was married to Joseph F. Shackleton of the famous Shackleton family. She developed a keen interest in photography in the 1880s when her children were young, so her first subjects included family and friends, and the area…

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Added by Michael Wong on August 19, 2012 at 17:42 — No Comments

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