Thursday, 20 December 2012

We are closed for Christmas...

but you can still access many resources online!

The library, along with the university, closes tomorrow at 4 p.m. for the Christmas vacation, and will reopen at 9 a.m. on the 2nd of January.

As many of you will be researching and writing assignments over the vacation, you may find either of the following links helpful.

Access to e-resources – troubleshooting guide for Xmas
This was originally posted last year, but is still relevant.

Researching assignments
This is a compendium of useful resources for researching assignments, and includes videos, and a link to our referencing guide.

I wish you a Happy Christmas!

Edmund de Waal on tact *Christmas Special*

This post is a Christmas special, designed to give you something to think about at this time of year, when you meet up with friends and family and remember those who are no longer with us.  As the title has already announced, it is Edmund de Waal's talk on tact: as important at Christmas as mince pies, wine, and wrapping skills. 

This talk was given as part of the School of Life's Sunday Sermons earlier this year, and was one of the most engaging of these sermons I have attended.  I heartily recommend finding somewhere quiet, without other distractions, and watching.

  Edmund de Waal On Tact from The School of Life on Vimeo.

Further Reading

de Waal, E. (2010).  The hare with amber eyes; a hidden inheritance. Chatto & Windus. 

In Memory of W. B. Yeats (1940) from Another Time by W. H. Auden, published by Random House.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Story of Film is on box of broadcasts...

It's a shame that Mark Cousins' narration of his fifteen-part documentary, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, which he also wrote and shot, is quite so laid-back (some might say monotonous/dreary/irritating) because behind the drone is an extraordinary document, which should be of interest to anyone studying film, and quite a few people who aren't.

The range of films shown in extracts is one of its principal delights - everything from 'Traffic crossing a Leeds Bridge' (1888) to 'Inception' (2010).  And what is also extraordinary, is the range of nations covered: is there a film culture left unexplored?  No wonder he sounds weary.

I also liked the way that scenes from one film were shown to have influenced another - for example the famous shot in 'The Seven Year Itch,' of Marily Monroe standing over an air vent, turns out to have had an earlier precedent.

The series was originally broadcast in 2011, and released on DVD this year.  There are fifteen episodes, and a total running time of 915 minutes - roughly one hour per episode.  We have a couple of copies of the DVD in the library, but you can also view the whole series on Box of Broadcasts.  Something to watch over the Christmas holiday perhaps?

It's heavy going, so my advice is to start the wrong way round - with the more recent episodes, and the films you know; and work backwards.  A lot of ground is covered, so watching it linearly is I think unnecessary (although Sheffield Doc/Fest are inviting you to ingest it all in one go).

You can also find lots of the films mentioned on Box of Broadcasts.  Some of these were broadcast as part of a Story of Film Season on Film4 and others like 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' have been broadcast at other times.  If there is anything that you can't find on either Box of Broadcasts or in the library's DVD collection, why not let me know?

In contrast to Cousins' recumbant delivery, Mark Kermode - the bastard son of Richard Nixon and Buddy Holly - has a livlier style, which is occassionally witty.  His interview with Cronenberg and members of the cast of Cosmopolis in the back of a limousine is a case in point.  This and other highlights of his year in film are available in episode 23 of The Culture Show (or here on iplayer).

Yet more roundups for 2012...

Photobook club present their "best of" list here and if I was to collate a "best of" list of "best of" lists, surely top prize would go to the photoeye 2012 list. Available now.

Always a pleasure, never a chore.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

More 2012 roundups for film and photography...

and this won't be the last one!


Which film comes top in Sight & Sound's 'Top 11 films of 2012'?  Its the beautiful but baflling, 'TheMaster.'  Sight & Sound's review is one of the better one's I have read: "It isn’t a great film – but it has a great film rattling around inside it."

The Master is also in pole position for Oscar glory - according to The Guardian's predictions this week.  They also report on the longlist for best documentary; fifteen films are listed, which will be whittled down to five nominations.


Foto8 make Poppy; trails of Afghan heroin their Book of the Year and you will find this in the library if you are interested.


Sean O'Hagan's list in the Observer includes some of the big hitters of the previous year - some with big prices to match.  There are books focussing on Cardiff at night, and Soho, which gives it a distinctly British feel.  Alec Soth comments that "2012 seems to be the year of looking back" in his Top TenThe Afronauts features in Soth's list, and in the ICP Library blog's favourites and of course in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 (I missed this one I'm afraid).

PDN's list of notable books is always interesting (this is part 1), and I reproduce it below because last year's disappeared from the web.  They also have a list of Indie photobooks of the year.

New American Picture by Doug Rickard
(based on a true story) by David Alan Harvey
SOHO by Anders Petersen
Classroom Portraits by Julian Germain
Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya by Greg Constantine 
Taking My Time by Joel Meyerowitz
Prairie Stories by Terry Evans
Tim Walker: Story Teller
The Raw and the Cooked by Peter Bialobrzeski
Behind the Walls by Paolo Ventura
Labyrinth by Daido Moriyama
Cedric Nunn: Call and Response
Paul Graham's American trilogy gets top billing in the British Journal of Photography's highlights from the year in their December issue dedicated to this theme.  There are several 'Best books of 2012' top tens by Martin Parr and others in this issue, but you will need to look at the print copy to see them.

Looking over the lists, some titles are repeated, however, you will find little consensus - which is all part of the fun I suppose.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Free ebooks...

are commonplace, but this one is special...

Michael Mack launches his new venture (MAPP) with a free iPad edition of a very rare artists' book by Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 nominees Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin.  You can download War Primer 2 by signing up to the MAPP editions newsletter.

Other titles are available, although they are not free, and include versions of catalogues from two fairly recent exhibitions - Figures & fictions: contemporary South African photography; and Glamour of the gods.  Both titles are available in print in the library since we buy most of the catalogues for the major shows in London.

Some more sort-of-ebooks I came across this week are the photograph albums for Let us now praise famous men.  'Photographs of cotton sharecropper families' volume 1 and volume 2 are available from the Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.  They are not as well-presented as the British Library's turning the pages site, but they're still pretty interesting, so have a look and let me know if you find anything else interesting!

Finally, a couple of new ebooks for the library collection...

Behind the image : research in photography

Photography and science

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The best British documentaries of 2011/12...

...were given plaudits at the Grierson documentary awards recently.

Most of these were broadcast on terrestrial TV (who says there's never anything worth watching on!) and as such they are available via Box of Broadcasts - our fantastic new resource - so I have created a playlist for you.

I watched the programme on Jeremy Deller at the weekend, which although hardly life-changing, was an interesting look at the artist's work to date.

On a related note, I don't suppose the episode of Imagine, broadcast on BBC 1 this week, will be up for an award next year.  However, it was an amusing profile of the photographer and film-maker William Klein - currently showing at an UNMISSABLE show at Tate Modern.  Watching Alan Yentob's occasional discomfort in the photographer's company was worth watching for. There were also interesting reflections from Don McCullin, who commented that Klein was a photographer who "had the courage to go forward rather than step backwards," and from Martin Parr, whose idea of photographing like a fly owes something to Klein I'm sure. Discuss!

See it on Box of Broadcasts here or login below and refresh this page.

This recording is to be used only for non-commercial educational purposes under the terms of an ERA Licence. For terms of use and to find and record more programmes please visit BoB National.

The story of LIFE magazine... another programme I have found on BOB. Photographer Rankin profiles, "the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century" here (or embedded below).

Incidentally, Life is now available online courtesy of Google Books. You will find every issue from 1936, when the magazine was first issued, until 1972. It's fantastic!

This recording is to be used only for non-commercial educational purposes under the terms of an ERA Licence. For terms of use and to find and record more programmes please visit BoB National.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Paris Photo - Photobooks of the year

Paris Photo opens today!

They will be announcing their choice of Photobook of the Year tomorrow at 1PM - the shortlisted titles are below.

Ori Gersht. History Repeating. MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Mikhael Subotzky. Retinal Shift. Steidl.
Sophie Calle. Rachel. Monique.  Xavier Barral.
David Alan Harvey. (based on a true story). Burn Books.
Anders Peterson. City Diary. Steidl.
Stephen Shore. Book of Books. Phaidon.
Pietro Mattioli. Two Thousand Light Years From Home. Kodoji Press.
Jacqueline Hassink. Table of Power 2. Hatje Cantz.
Lise Sarfati. She. Twin Palms.
Anouk Kruithof. A Head with Wings. Little Brown Mushroom.

There is also a First Book award, and you can find the shortlisted titles on the Paris Photo website.  This includes C.E.N.S.U.R.A., which I posted about two weeks ago.

The book awards feature heavily in the next Photobook Review, available digitally on various devices.

American Photo - Books of the year

Believe it or not, its that time again.... Here are 50+ photobooks of the year from American Photo...

Crager, J, & Comstock, L 2012, 'PHOTO BOOKS OF THE YEAR', American Photo, 23, 6, pp. 55-62, Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost, viewed 8 November 2012.

The Lucie Awards 2012

The Lucie Awards 2012 were announced last month.

The full list of nominees and winners are available on the Lucie Awards website, but here are the results for book publisher and photography magazine...


BurnBooks for (based on a true story) WINNER
Aperture for Petrochemical America
Steidl for Chromes
Harry N Abrams Inc for Women are Heroes
21st Editions for The Prophecies of William Blake


British Journal of PhotographyWINNER
Nueva Luz Photographic Journal

Foam International Photography Magazine

AAANZ - Best Book

 ...and the prize for the the best acronymn goes to 'The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand'!

They have awarded Susan Best's book below the accolade of Best Book!  You can access this online via the link below.

Best, S. (2011).  Visualizing feeling; affect and the feminine avant-garde.  London: I.B. Taurus.

This was published in June of 2011.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

£100 Amazon vouchers could be yours...

The University is undertaking some work to explore digital literacy skills and employability and we need your views.  Please take 10-15 minutes to complete our survey and have the chance to be entered into a prize draw for £100 Amazon vouchers.

Go to the survey

Thursday, 1 November 2012

New books Sept-Oct

New books

This is the first 'new books' post of the current academic year and covers all the new titles added to the collection so far. 

Today, I am experimenting with a new way of listing these using Library Search, so try the following:  Photography, Film and TV, and - always the most interesting category - Miscellaneous.

In case these links don't work you can also access my Google Bookshelf, where they are also listed (Photography, Film and TV, and Miscellaneous).

There is a new edition of the Visual culture reader, and new photobooks by Ryan McGinley, Fred Herzog and Julian Baron (see the fantastic video below), and also a major new history of photography published by Thames & Hudson, with an introduction by David Campany.

There are also new books on Michael Haneke and on the 'Dark Knight' (that's Batman to you) - the latter written by Will Brooker, a former student at the university.

Julián Barón // Censura from Kanseisounds on Vimeo.


The following ebooks are also available.  Students currently studying on the 'Perspectives in photography' module may find in useful to look at the 'New keywords' book for words such as 'other,' 'identity,' 'orientalism,' and 'postcolonialism.'

BFI Statistical Yearbook 2012 (free online); back-copies also available.
The media and body image: if looks could kill
Computer and machine vision

Computational Colour Science using MATLAB

Basics Photography 01: Composition, 2nd Edition
New keywords : a revised vocabulary of culture and society


Keep an eye out for a couple of new books by Alec Soth - one is called Looking for love and is due in soon, and before the end of the year, the much anticipated (by me at least), Broken manualI'm also looking forward to Fifty key writers on photography, and Cities and photography both from Routledge this year and Joram Ten Brink, Professor of Film at the University of Westminster, is co-editor of Killer Images - due out soon.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Begin at the beginning - researching your assignment

“Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” he asked.
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

- Lewis Carrol, Alice’s adventures in wonderland (1865), ch. 12 

Earlier in the year I wrote a blog post on Improving your essay writing skills, which is quickly becoming one of the most frequently accessed posts I’ve written. If you are currently writing your first academic assignment, it’s worth a look, as it sets out the process in brief and covers two key elements – the introduction and the conclusion.

I wrote very little about how to go about looking for literature to support your writing in that post, and I want to address that here – albeit in part only. Specifically, I want to write about starting your research, covering how to begin, using table of contents and indexes, and coping with unfamiliar terms and concepts.

Where shall I begin?

It is very natural to begin your search for supporting material by typing some version of the essay title into Google or Library Search, hoping to find material that covers the topic. This is sometimes a productive strategy – especially as some works in the library may be in high demand - but can just as often send you down blind alleys, make you miss more useful material or plunge you into writing that you are not yet able to understand. Try and resist.

Before searching for material to help you answer the question, start reviewing what you know already. The questions you are asked to research always relate to material that is covered to some degree in the modules that you are taking, so you shouldn’t be starting with a blank slate. Review the reading and thinking you have already done.  Then try to pose a series of questions you need to find answers for. This will help you get the most out of the literature when you start reading.

Your lecturers have supplied a reading list, and although you are often required to go beyond this, you should start here before moving on to other works.   

Using table of contents and indexes

Look in the table of contents and the index of books to try to pinpoint sections which relate to the topic you will be writing on. Think laterally about the terms you are looking for – you will need to consider synonyms, antonyms, and alternative terms which may be broader or narrower than the topic as defined in the question. This is also true when using Library Search or any other database to find resources.

Unfamiliar terms and concepts

Look for terms that you are unfamiliar with in textbooks, or in encyclopedias. Wikipedia can help, but concentrate on more authoritative sources such as subject-specific encyclopedias. The e-resource CredoReference provided by the library can really help here, providing authoritative articles on many topics – especially in the area of philosophy and cultural studies.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

New issues of journals

The following journals have new issues available online this month:

Critical Inquiry [ SPECIAL ISSUE - Agency and Automatism: Photography as Art Since the Sixties, edited by Diarmud Costello, Margaret Iversen, and Joel Snyder]

Digital Creativity

Études Photographiques

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Photography and Culture


Television & New Media

Theory, Culture & Society

On a related theme, the BUFVC (that's the British Universities Film and Video Council to you) are promising to post a monthly round-up of film and television publications.  One is available for September.

This include articles from journals not dedicated to film and television, such as Twentieth Century British History, and Modern Asian Studies, which underlines how useful it can be to search beyond the obvious.  Having said that, it is difficult enough to keep up with the titles dedicated to your subject area sometimes (or most of the time).

Keep an eye on this blog for advice about creating an automated round-up for publications relevant to your own interests in the next few weeks.


New Monthly Compilation of Film & TV Publications

Library Search - recommendations service

We've kept quiet about it, but over the summer we added a new service to Library Search, which recommends articles to you that might be of interest.  You will find them in the 'recommendations' tab of selected articles - see below.

The recommendations are based on what other users of Libary Search who have looked at a particular article have also expressed an interest in.  Its based on a similar idea an online bookseller called 'Amazon' have been using for a while now.

If you can come up with a better word or phrase than 'recommendations' let me know.  It seems to do the job as far as I can see, but I don't even have a real Facebook account, so what do I know?.  'Crowd source' anyone? 'Peerify?' (actually a name of a scary virus, so avoid that!).

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Access e-resources from home

I've had a few queries recently about accessing electronic resources from home, and as its the beginning of the academic year and there are a lot of new students around, I thought it would be a good idea to summarise the procedure for accessing e-resources from home here.

What follows is a typical scenario, using the journal Photographies as an example.  Other resources will be slightly different, but the principles are the same.


First of all make sure that you are signed into Library Search.

Then look up the electronic resource that you wish to access.  This might be a database, an ejournal or an ebook.  If you are looking for an article in a journal, the best way to proceed is to first look for the title of the journal rather than the title of the article.

From the record for the electronic resource, select 'Online access' and click on 'GO'.

Once you have accessed the electronic resource, look for the 'sign in' link, which is normally at the top of the screen, and click it.  You will only need to do this if the resource has not automatically recognised you, which may happen if you are within the University or have logged in before at home.


Now, look for the 'Shibboleth' link.  This can appear in different ways.  For example, it might say, 'log in via your institution' or 'log in via UK Federation.'  These are the options to choose.  Avoid clicking on the link for 'Athens' which is no longer used, or trying to sign in with an email address.
The Shibboleth system will either ask you to type in the name of your institution, or ask you to select it from a drop-down box.  It can be helpful to first select your region.

The link for the University of Westminster can be found near the bottom of the drop-down box.  Select the link for University of Westminster.

You should now be presented with the University of Westminster login screen.  Enter your university username and password.  This should give you access to the resource.

Finally, if you experience problems accessing e-resources from home, try switching to a different browser.  For example, many users find Google Chrome works well.  If this doesn't resolve the issue, contact someone in the library for help.

Related posts

Access to e-resources - troubleshooting guide

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Welcome to Harrow Library

I would like to offer a very warm welcome to all the new students arriving at Harrow this week and next.  If you've not visited this blog before, why not try signing up for email or RSS alerts?  You will get weekly updates about resources for Photography, Film, Animation, and Contemporary Media Practice.

I have developed a new presentation for the orientation sessions this year, which is embedded below.  Please let me know what you think.

If anything is not clear, or there are any problems, please let me know.  You can also find help using library or IT on the ground floor of the library at Harrow.  IT services also have a telephone service - call 020 7915 5488.

There are detailed guides for Animation, Film & Television, and Photography accessible from the link to 'guides' above.

To view the presentation below in a larger screen click on 'More' > 'Full Screen.'

Other resources

Library Orientation video.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Vogue Archive - online

We have recently bought the archive of American Vogue online.  This includes every issue from 1892.

This is principally for the fashion students, but with famous photographers such as Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Eve Arnold featured, it is an interesting resource for photography students too.

Look, for example, at Helmut Newton's, The Story of Ohhh... - which caused a scandal in 1975 - or trace the development of 'New Man' imagery in the work of Bruce Weber...

Other photographers featured include Horst P Horst, Steven Meisel, Gordon Parks, Lee Miller, Bob Richardson, William Klein and Herb Ritts.

Film students might also find interesting material.  You can research the reception and public image of Hollywood stars from Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant to Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie...

Find the Vogue Archive here or by typing 'Vogue archive' into Library Search, and to search for a particular photographer's work, or for a particular person pictured, go to the Advanced Search page.

Further reading

Angeletti, N., (2006). In Vogue: the illustrated history of the world's most famous fashion magazine. New York: Rizzoli.

Checefsky, B. (2007) Photography and Desire: Fashion, Glamour, and Pornography, pages 198-204.  In: Peres, M. R. ed. (2007).  The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th ed.  London: Focal Press.

Conekin, B. E.  (2008).  Lee Miller's simultaneity; photographer and model in the pages of inter-war Vogue, pages 70-83.  In: Shinkle, E. ed. (2008).  Fashion as photograph; viewing and reviewing images of fashion.  London: I.B. Taurus.

Devlin, P. & Liberman, A. (1979). Vogue book of fashion photography. London: Thames and Hudson.

Pander, M. (2012).  Shot out of the canon; advertising photography in Vogue magazine, 1930s-1950sAperture, 208, 62-65.

Voguepedia (Photographers) ][online]

The print holdings for various editions of Vogue can also be found in the library:
Japan 2005-2007
London 1938-
Paris 1974-
New York 1940-1955; 1986-
Milan 1974-
Milan (Men's edition) 1974-

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Manuals and videos - more available online

Do you use manuals for photography, film or animation?

The range of manuals available in print in the library is not as wide as what is available through our online collections... 

Safari Books Online
There are over 3000 titles in the 'digital media' category on Safari Books Online and these are constantly being added to.  Safari includes manuals on software packages, and on individual cameras, as well as themed books on topics such as photographic composition, 3D animation and television production.
Safari Books Online - Animation & 3D
Safari Books Online - Video 
Safari Books Online - Photography
Science Direct / Focal collection

In addition, we also have over 200 titles from Focal Press in the Science Direct collection.  Again, there are titles on specific software applications, and other titles related to animation, film and photography.  Examples include 'Night photography,' 'Frame-by-frame Stop Motion' and 'The Film Makers Eye.' This platform allows you to download chapters as PDFs and store them on the device of your choice.

Science Direct collection

Other platforms

There are also sundry titles from other ebook platforms, such as 'Dawsonera'.  These, along with all the titles from Safari and Science Direct, are listed on Library Search.  Search for the topic that you are interested in and select the 'full text online' link.

Video Content

As well as books, Safari also includes over 500 video tutorials.  These are not listed on Library Search, so you need to use the link below.  You will find tutorials on applications within the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as some other titles - e.g.'Mastering landscape photography'.
You may also find instructional programmes on Box of Broadcasts, such as the 'How to take stunning pictures' broadcast on Channel 5, and featuring Martin Parr (in the final programme).  Episodes include advice on portraiture, wedding photography, sports photography, photographing animals, and travel photography.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Harrow development

I got quite excited seeing the new development works at Harrow last week.  The glass has gone in, so its really taking shape now.  The site looks much more inviting coming from the south.  Its early days, but I'm guessing that its going to make a big impact on the feel of the place....

Thursday, 16 August 2012

New books - Jun-Aug

Here we go....  The budgets for 2011-12 have now closed, so the final of this year's four new acquisitions updates can be published a little early.  Enjoy!

A note to my academic colleagues - with little more than four weeks to go before the beginning of the new academic year, now is the time to let me know of any new books that you will be recommending to students next semester.

2012 Film & TV Jun-Aug

2012 Photography Jun-Aug 

[+ Robert Heinecken: Copywork (not on Google Books)]

Some miscellaneous titles

Flesh of my flesh / Kaja Silverman.
[includes essays on Terrence Malick, James Coleman, and Gerhard Richter]

Autonomy. New forms of freedom and independence in art and culture. / Jorinde Seijdel; Liesbeth Meli

Living in the end times / Slavoj Zizek.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Sight & Sound - greatest films of all time

The new issue of Sight and Sound is in the library, and features the latest of their decennial polls of 'The greatest films of all time' (the greatest is no longer Citizen Kane!). 

This issue is also a relaunch issue, and they are promising...

- a bigger magazine, with more columns

- a wider remit, with coverage of the business of films, and artists' films

- a digital edition for individual subscribers (this doesn't include libraries unfortunately)

More information on the current issue is available here.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Jacques Henri Lartigue: The Boy who Never Grew Up

Nick Danziger examines the work of Jacques Henri Lartigue...

This programme was orignally broadcast in 2009 as part of BBC4's Photography Night. Its just one of the thousands of programmes we now have access to through our new subscription to Box of Broadcasts. You will need to login to BoB to view.

This recording is to be used only for non-commercial educational purposes under the terms of an ERA Licence. For terms of use and to find and record more programmes please visit BoB National.


To login to Bob, click on the BOB National site link; then type 'westminster' into the 'where are you from' box on the left of the page, and click the 'go to login' button.  This should produce a Westminster login screen, where you can type in your university username and password.  Finally refresh this page (the blog page) - f5 will do it.

For more information about our subscription to Box of Broadcasts follow this link.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The rules of film noir

Matthew Sweet celebrates the hardboiled world of noir movies...

This programme was first broadcast in 2009 as part of BBC4's noir weekend. Its just one of the thousands of programmes we now have access to through our new subscription to Box of Broadcasts. You will need to login to BoB to view.

 "In the world of film noir, legs like hers are bound to get bound up in something..."

This recording is to be used only for non-commercial educational purposes under the terms of an ERA Licence. For terms of use and to find and record more programmes please visit BoB National.


To login to Bob, click on the BOB National site link; then type 'westminster' into the 'where are you from' box on the left of the page, and click the 'go to login' button.  This should produce a Westminster login screen, where you can type in your university username and password.  Finally refresh this page (the blog page) - f5 will do it.

For more information about our subscription to Box of Broadcasts follow this link.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Bob has arrived!

Box of Broadcasts (known as BoB) is an off-air recording and media archive service, which the University of Westminster has recently subscribed to.  Current subscribers also include the universities of Leeds, Brighton, Edinburgh, Manchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and others.

BOB allows users to watch, record and archive TV and radio programmes from selected free-view channels (including BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, ITV, Channel4, Five, BBC Radio3, BBC Radio 4 and others).

Users can view archived programmes, make clips from them and create personal or shared playlists.

Users can also make additions to the BoB archive, by requesting programmes to be added to the archive.

Use the 'where are you from' login to access, using this link; and create an account to access the full features.  Watch the videos from the Unversity of Bournemouth below for a great overview.

Further information is available from the Academic Liaison Librarian team.

Overview of Box of Broadcasts

Recording Programmes 


Creating Clips 

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Journals - new issues

New issues of the following journals are now available.  Follow the links below.


Art History

British Journal of Aesthetics

C Magazine

Cultural Studies

Games and Culture

History of Photography

Journal of Visual Culture
(Ways of seeing 4oth anniversary issue)

New Review of Film and Television Studies
(Special issue on documentary ethics)

Third Text

Visual Anthropology

Visual Resources; an International Journal of Documentation

Arles Rencontres 2012 Book Awards

The following books won prizes at this year's photography festival in Arles.  Both, I'm happy to say, are now part of the collection at Harrow.  We have the first one in translation - search for 'the Latin American Photobook'

Historical Book Award: 
Le livre de photographies d'Amérique Latine, Horacio Fernandez, Images en manoeuvres, 2011, France.
More about the book

Author Book Award : 
Christian Patterson, Redheaded Peckerwood, Mack, 2011, UK.
More about the book

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Soho by Anders Petersen

Soho by Anders Peterson, published by Mack, has just arrived in the library.  The Mack website has the following description, and you can see the book now via the preview uploaded by Photobookstore.

As part of a series of off-site artist commissions supported by Bloomberg, Petersen was invited by The Photographers’ Gallery to undertake a four-week residency in the bubbling creative underbelly of London. Turning his direct and unflinching gaze to the streets of Soho, Petersen produced a series which is both penetrating and sensitive to his subjects. His intimate, diaristic style of coarse black and white photography captures the essence of today's Soho while drawing you back into the depths of its history.
From the publisher website.

Referencing guides

Advice about referencing was one of the things that came up at the recent training sessions I ran on finding information sources for a disseration.  This is not surprising I suppose, since I called the session, 'Exciting Citing.'

The basics are covered in the University of Westminster's guide, 'Referencing your work'.  However, this is a general guide for all students, so does not cover some aspects - such as referencing images.  The guides referred to below do cover this using the Harvard system, so I hope they will be useful. NB: Please also refer to the 'dissertation guidelines' given by the teaching staff, and modify accordingly.

  1. University of the Arts London.  Guide to the Harvard system of referencing
  2. University for the Creative Arts.  Referencing.
  3. Glasgow School of Art.  Bibliographies [part of InfoSmart Module 4]

I have also bought an e-book, which covers referencing in depth, shown below and also on the Study Skills section of this blog. 

Neville, C. (2010).  The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, 2nd ed. Open University Press. 

This covers how to reference images, and just about everything else you might want to refer to.  It also a discusses the main types of referencing - author/date (i.e. Harvard style), consecutive numbering, and recurrent numbering. 

A couple of points that don't get good coverage are dealing with translations and reprints.  Pears and Shield (2010) suggest adding a statement of translation after the title.  For reprints, they suggest citing the original date of publication, but not the original publisher.  My interpretation of this is below.

Barthes, R. (1980).  Camera lucida; reflections on photography.  Translated by Richard Howard.  Reprint, London: Vintage, 1993. 

In text this could be Barthes (1980 [1993]).  

There are other ways of doing this, but this seems acceptable to me.

For those of us not familiar with Latin, a short explanation of the terms 'ibid' and 'op cit' follow.  These are not used in the Harvard system, but you will come across them, so its useful to be able to distinguish between the two.

Ibid = ibidim (meaning 'the same place') used to refer to an immediately preceding reference.

Op cit. = opere citato (meaning 'in the work cited') used to refer to a previously cited work, and preceded by a shortened form of the work referred to.


Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2010).  Cite them right; the essential referencing guide, 8th ed.  Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Seeing the olympics - special issue of Visual Studies

There are a number of articles on photographic projects related to the olympics, in a special issue of Visual Studies released this month.  In the introduction to the issue, the editors state:

The papers and photo-essays in this issue
provide a series of shifting lenses on this complex global
event, extending the visual repertoire for representing
the Olympics and providing new insights into its
significance, local and global.

Some of the relevant articles include the following:

Photography against the Olympic spectacle

Go for gold!

Seeing Olympic effects through the eyes of marginally housed youth: changing places and the gentrification of East London

Monday, 11 June 2012

Third Text - new issue

A new issue of the journal Third Text is now available. Third Text is indexed on the following services available through Library Search:  ARTbibliographies Modern; British Humanities Index; and Thomson Reuters’ Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

The original articles from the latest issue are shown below.

Disturbing Pleasures / Henry A Giroux
How Black is La Negra Angustias? / Eli Bartra
Biopolitical Follies / Bill Roberts   

Beyond Representation / Vered Maimon
The State of the Arts in the Netherlands / Paul O'Kane       

The aims and scope of the journal are reproduced below from the Taylor & Francis website:

Third Text is an international scholarly journal dedicated to providing critical perspectives on art and visual culture. The journal examines the theoretical and historical ground by which the West legitimises its position as the ultimate arbiter of what is significant within this field. Established in 1987, the journal provides a forum for the discussion and (re)appraisal of theory and practice of art, art history and criticism, and the work of artists hitherto marginalised through racial, gender, religious and cultural differences. Dealing with diversity of art practices - visual arts, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, video and film - Third Text addresses the complex cultural realities that emerge when different worldviews meet, and the challenge this poses to Eurocentrism and ethnocentric aesthetic criteria. The journal aims to develop new discourses and radical interdisciplinary scholarships that go beyond the confines of eurocentricity.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

PHotoEspaña - best photography books

PHotoEspaña , the international photography festival in Spain, have recently announced  the winners of their annual awards for photography books.  Results below.

Swarm, by Lukas Felzmann, published by Lars Müller Publishers, is the winner in the international category.
Máquinas, by Marín, published by Fundación Telefónica obtains the prize in the national category. 
The prize for the prominent publishing company of the year goes to Kehrer.
The books The Table of Power 2, by Jacqueline Hassink, published by Hatje Cantz (Germany) has received a jury special mention in international category, and Centre Internacional de Fotografía Barcelona (1978-1983) published by Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, in the national category.
Quoted from PHotoEspaña website.  More...

A book accompanying the festival is available for download for free here.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Summer vacation loans

The following information will be useful if you are planning on taking books out over the summer.

From Friday 25 May until Friday 8 June 3 week loans will be issued to a fixed date of Friday 15 June 2012.

From Saturday 9 June 2012 3 week books and 1 week books will be issued over the vacation period to be returned during the week beginning Monday 24 September 2012.

DVDs remain 1 week.