Photo news – Vintage Fenton photo acquired, Danny Wilson Memorial Award 2010 winner and last call for Kodachrome entries

Pasha and Bayadere, Roger Fenton, 1858, courtesy of the National Media Museum

It’s a blustery Monday in November and today’s post is a hotchpotch of photo news: The National Media Museum, with the help of the Art Fund (the national fundraising charity for works of art), has added a rare 19th century photograph by British photographer Roger Fenton to its National Collection of Photography; the winner and full shortlist of names for the Danny Wilson Memorial Award, and you have five more days left to enter the Association of Photographers (AOP) Kodachrome competition.

To enter, you can click on the form here, or submit your entries by email to: NOTE: Initial Submissions: If you decide to submit your image(s) by email, they should be no bigger than 5mb. A maximum of five images may be submitted per person.

The photograph, taken by Roger Fenton in 1858, “captures the contemporary fascination with the Orient and is part of a series of photographs Fenton took after an expedition during the Crimean War. Despite appearances, this is not a documentary image taken by Fenton during his travels but a carefully staged tableau photographed in Fenton’s north London studio using costumes, props and a hired model”.

Pasha and Bayadère is widely regarded as one of Fenton’s finest works. The photograph is one of only two examples of this image, the other being in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The Getty’s version is uncropped and believed to be a proof, making this version, cropped for exhibition, unique.

“The artefact was prevented from export in February this year after the National Media Museum intervened.” The Art Fund contributed £49,00 to a fundraising target of £108,506 with the remainder being provided by the National Media Museum with support from its governing body, NMSI.

Stephen King, has won the Danny Wilson Memorial Award 2010 for his work, Lewis’s Fifth Floor: A Department Story, held as part of the Fringe Focus exhibition during the recent photo festival. Georgie Turner–Noble receives a Special mention for her work, The Wasted Youth.

The £1,000 prize and a glass trophy “is presented to the best emerging or early career photographer exhibiting as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe festival”.

“At the Award Ceremony, Lisa Barnard (winner in 2008) gave a presentation about the impact of the Award on her practice and, on behalf of the judges, internationally acclaimed artist Adam Broomberg (of Broomberg & Chanarin) presented the Award to Stephen King via live telephone link.” Press release

Adam Broomberg (Artist, Broomberg & Chanarin); John Gill (Brighton Photo Biennial Chair); Grace Lau (Photographer); and Anne Williams (Programme Director for Photography, LCC)

Alex Currie, Degeneration
Amelia Shepherd, Peacehaven in III Parts
Francois-Xavier Gbré, Uprooting the Gaze: foreign places familiar patterns
Georgie Turner–Noble, The Wasted Youth
Hannah Laycock, Matters of Importance
Melanie Clark, Abreast of Stress
Mocksim, Contra-Invention
Oliver Perrott, Degeneration
Peter Gates, Small Things
Rachel Cunningham, Otter Gallery: Photo Open Winner
Richard Chivers, Degeneration
Richard Rowland, The ArtsFORUM Presents
Shaun Hines, Between the Ideal and the Actual
Simon Carruthers, Degeneration
Stephen King, Lewis’s Fifth Floor: A Department Story
Tanya Clarke, Small Things
Wendy Pye, In Site: Luminance in Flux

“The Danny Wilson Memorial Award was established to commemorate the life and work of Danny Wilson, Director of Brighton Photo Fringe 2006 – 2008. Danny passed away suddenly in April 2008 after establishing Brighton Photo Fringe as the largest and most successful photography event of its kind in the UK.”


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