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In honor of Frederick Scott Archer (1813–1857) , the inventor of theWet Plate Collodion photographic process, a new commemorative plaquewill be unveiled on his grave (Square 120 by the canal) on Saturday,May 1, 2010. The Collodion Collective and World Wet Plate Day organizedand is sponsoring this event. There will be a live Wet Plate Collodiondemonstration, and an exhibition of Wet Plate Collodion work fromartists throughout the world at the Dissenters' Chapel from 24th Aprilto 8th May 2010.

Dissatisfied with the poor definition and contrast of the Calotype andthe long exposures needed, Scott Archer invented the new process in1848 and published his process in 'The Chemist' in March 1851. Thisenabled photographers to combine the fine detail of the Daguerreotypewith the ability to print multiple paper copies like the Calotype. Thissingle achievement, which preceded the modern gelatin emulsion, greatlyincreased the accessibility of photography for the general public andchanged photography forever.

The ceremony is by invitation only. Please contact Quinn Jacobson( or Carl Radford ( for moreinformation.

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Irving Penn symposium

The National Portrait Gallery is holding a symposium around its current Irving Penn Portraits exhibition. Join leading photographers and art historians discussing themes and ideas around the exhibition. Speakers include photographers Paolo Roversi and Bettina Von Zwehl, exhibition curator Magdalene Keaney, Edward Barber, Director of Fashion Photography London, College of Fashion, Virginia Heckert, curator of Irving Penn: Small Trades at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Philippe Garner, International Head of Photography, Christie's and Dr David Anfam, Art historian, critic and curator.

Friday 12 March, 10.30-17.00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Organised in partnership with London College of Fashion
Tickets: £25/£20 concessions and Gallery Supporters

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The Independent Charity The Art Fund has allocated £100,000 to the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum to help create a national collection of recent Middle Eastern photography. The two museums approached the Fund last year, and have so far received £57,000 to buy 31 works. Apart from being a young area in the art market where prices are affordable, Middle Eastern photography is also an area of growing interest. For the V&A, the acquisitions will fit into its national photography collection. For the BM it is an opportunity to reflect on the connections between its historic Islamic art collections and the extraordinary artistic, social and political changes that have been taking place in the region.
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NMeM Curator job

The National Media Museum, Bradford, is currently looking for an Associate Curator of Cinematography, working 21.6 hours per week (fixed term for 23 months). The salary is £21,302 pro rata (£12,781 per annum). With three dedicated cinemas and an impressive collection of over 13,000 important cinematography artefacts, film is at the heart of the National Media Museum’s offering. Working closely with the Curator of Cinematography you’ll make sure it stays there by researching and creating insightful content for exhibitions, publications, the web and other aspects of our public programme. At the same time, you’ll help to manage the care of and access to our collection, ensuring items remain well-preserved and easily available to audiences for years to come.

Required Skills:
Coming from a similar role within a museum, you’ll already have exactly what it takes to deliver enthralling presentations, engage with similar organisations and manage historic collections, including experience of handling objects and knowledge of documentation and cataloguing practice. A passion for film and cinema history, ideally with specialist knowledge of a particular area, is important too, as is relevant research experience. If you can also add effective interpersonal, communication and project management skills, you’ll play a key role in maintaining and developing cinematography at the Museum.

Award-winning, visionary and 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.

Application Instructions:
Please note: This is a part time role for 21.6 hours per week. Salary is £21,302 pro rata, so you’ll receive £12,781 per year. Interested? Please send your CV and covering letter to:

The deadline for applications is 5 March 2010.

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The Jewish Museum, after a £10m transformation, is due to reopen in Camden Town on 17 March 2010. Its picture library (over 20,000 images) has been fully digitised as TIFFs or JPEGs, for print or online use. The link to the library can be found here:

The largest category of images in the photographic archive are black and white photographs of Jewish life in London dating from the 1900s to 1940s. Particular strengths include Jewish shops, tailoring workshops, studio portraits of families, school classes and images from Yiddish theatre. Wedding photographs include many examples by the renowned East End photographer Boris Bennett.

Photo: The Frumkin family standing outside their kosher wine and spirits shop on the corner of Commercial Road and Cannon Street Road, c.1912.
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Design Week reports that the National Media Museum, Bradford, is set to launch a search for a team to provide integrated design services, including architecture and engineering, for its London Galleries Project. The project will see the creation of 1500m2 of exhibition galleries in a location in the capital believed to be at the Science Museum in South Kensington. The NMeM's Charlotte Cotton who is based at the Science Museum is heading the project.

The galleries are set to open in September 2012, and will focus on photography, film, television, radio and the Internet. The gallery space will feature: flexible installation spaces; a screening and performance space; private study rooms; a large welcome lounge; and a café and bar.

The NMeM parent body the NMSI is seeking designers to provide: ‘a digital, audio and visual environment that befits a forward-thinking and media-based project’; ‘a suite of facilities that are truly flexible and respond to the day-and-night programming of the entire but also specific areas of the space’; and ‘a design identity that is coherent on both macro and micro levels, from the use of the space’s existing features to the materials used for gallery and library furniture’. NMSI adds that the project is not fully funded yet.

Expressions of interest are currently being sought, and suppliers will be invited to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union from 14 April. The contract will be awarded on 15 June 2010.

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