News Recap: March 9, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.



Antoine Edmond Rochard Sets Auction Record with Dolls Featuring Microphotography
A series of dolls, not meant for children, was created by Antoine Edmond Rochard in the 1800s featuring jewelry embellished with microphotography. One of the few known remaining just set an auction record for dolls at $333,500 from Theriault’s. The doll itself features real human hair, a silk dress, and a gold necklace with 28 Stanhope jewels featuring microphotographs measuring at 1.4mm. The photographer behind the microphotos is currently unknown, though the subject matter ranges from religious sites to staged photos like “a forest, where a man gets handsy with his female companion.” Bought by Carolyn Barry, the doll will be on display with the rest of her collection at the Old Dominion University’s new art museum.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

LACMA’s Original Buildings Documented Through Camera Obscura
Artist Vera Lutter created several camera obscuras to document the original Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) buildings before their demolition. The project began in February of 2017 and required a crane to put a particularly large camera obscura in place. Both, the inside and outside, of the old LACMA East Campus galleries, built in the 1960s, were documented in this manner, along with some of the works exhibited.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

View the World’s First Photography Exhibition Through Virtual Reality
The world’s first photography exhibition took place in 1839 and featured the works of William Henry Fox. Today you can view that same photography exhibition with the use of Virtual Reality. Artist Mat Collishaw has digitally recreated the exhibition using VR and stand-in objects for an immersive experience. You can experience the first photography show at the National Science and Media Museum through May 7.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)