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UK Conference Report
ON 4 NOVEMBER this year the association’s 25th annual conference, sponsored by Nikon, was held at the newly expanded and refurbished Jewish Museum in Camden Town, hosted by Ian Lillicrapp, photography and design manager.
The architect responsible for the improvements, MJ Long, gave us a stimulating review of the work of adapting a semi-industrial site into a museum space. Ruth Press gave an illustrated talk about her father Boris Bennett, an East End wedding and portrait photographer, whose archive is housed at the museum. The Tate’s online collection editor, James Davies, presented a thought-provoking and imaginatively-illustrated talk about the Tate’s online video content. The last presentation before lunch was given by Nicola Solomon, a consultant at Finers Stephens Innocent LLP and an expert in law relating to visual arts who gave a brief outline of current UK law as it relates to museum and fine art photographers.
Hilary Roberts of the IWM showed us many of Don McCullin’s harrowing images from an exhibition to mark his 75th birthday. Jenny Golding paid tribute to her former colleague and one of the association’s founders, Bob Wilkins. Tony Harris, New Media officer at the Government Art Collection, gave an amusing talk on ‘Starting out in Podcasting’.
This was followed by the AGM, the minutes of the meeting can be found on our AGM minutes page.
The Second Day found some of us walking around the East End in the rain and taking a bus tour of the Olympic Games site. For some photographs taken by members on the day see our Flickr site.
New scanner at V&A
The V&A has recently been able to purchase a Cruse scanner. This flat bed scanner has a 1.5M x 2.5M bed and is designed for the scanning of large cultural objects such as posters, architectural plans and textiles. It will be a valuable piece of equipment for the V&A and will enable it to photograph many of the large difficult to handle objects in its collection.
3D Seminar at V&A
The V&A recently hosted a seminar on the use of 3D imaging in the Photographic Studio. This seminar was undertaken as part of the AHFAP seminar series and in conjunction with the TSB funded ICON project. ICON is a project designed to exploit the growing amount of 3D content made in museums and to use as this for commercial benefit for museums.
The seminar, led by Carlos Jimenz, was centred on the use of the Next Engine 3D scanner and MeshLab as tools which have recently been used at the V&A. Though simple in use and cheap in price the Next Engine still gives very good results. It is not the highest resolution scanner, and only costs £3000, but nevertheless produces very acceptable 3D models.
The seminar was attended by 16 delegates, a good number considering the poor weather and transport around London. Delegates came from the National Maritime, Museum, Tate, Britush Museum , Fitzwilliam, Courtauld, Dulwich Picture Gallery and well as several freelancers and the V&A.
Iain Duncan, photographer at the RAF Museum Hendon, has recently started a programme of recording the whole museum as series of interactive bubble images. These allow the whole internal sphere of a location to be seen. They will be linked to bubble images of the interiors of aircraft.
V&A 200,000 images online
The V&A has recently passed the 200,000 images of objects in its collection visible on its website. All images have been made by the Photographic Studio, most over the last five years since it has been entirely a digital based studio. An iPhone app is also available.
FABRIC browser on Search the Collections
The V&A Photographic Studio is a partner in the TSB funded FABRIC project. This project is designed to produce a intuitive browser web application to assist creative people to find abstract images without metadata. Images are arranges by either colour of imager texture and allow users to select and find abstract patterned objects in a purely visual way. The test browser can be seen on the FABRIC website.
Visitors are asked to play with the browser and to fill out the questionnaire for feedback to the developers.
International Conference for photographers in the Cultural Heritage Sector
14th, 15th, 16th June 2011, Brighton, Sussex, England
AHFAP was founded just over 25 years ago and in that time has existed as a forum for UK photographers working in museums, galleries, libraries and other fields in the cultural heritage sector. Very few of our colleagues in other parts of the world have an association which brings such a group of photographers together. It is with this in mind that AHFAP have decided to extend a welcome to photographers from all over the world, who work in our sector, to join in a conference to discuss cultural heritage photography. This international conference will be held in Brighton, on the south coast of England in June 2011.
See our International Conference page for more.
National Conference for photographers in the UK Cultural Heritage Sector
The association’s annual conference, sponsored by Nikon, will be held at the Jewish Museum, London on 4th November. Full details can be found on our 2010 UK Conference page.