British photographic history

Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history

Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history ranging from exhibitions and museum news, publications, and jobs



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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are over 2500 members, in addition to many other regular readers. They range from museum and gallery curators, photographic academics, students, collectors, dealers and representatives from the photographic press from around the world. The blog provides a forum for news of events and happenings within the British photographic history community. This can include lectures or meetings, exhibition news, jobs and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. BPH will also include relevant book and website reviews from time to time. While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States and Asia.

Dr Michael Pritchard

PS. Thanks to George Eastman House (now George Eastman Museum) and History Today magazine blogs for recommending British Photographic History as one of their own favourite blogs. The Daily Telegraph made BPH one of its photography websites of the week

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Exhibition: 'Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948' at the National Portrait Gallery, London

As documentary evidence, the photographs attest to the lives of the disenfranchised. They mark the lives of individual people as that most valuable thing, a human life. In this sense they are important. But I find this photographic documentation of Britain's imperial history of empire…


Posted by Dr Marcus Bunyan on December 5, 2016 at 9:30

Publication: Lyddell Sawyer (1856-1927), photographer

At long last my book on Lyddell Sawyer is here! Printed and Published! It has over eighty illustrations, 115 pages and 18000 words. Beautifully digitally printed with a soft cover. The price which will barely cover the costs is £15.00 plus the usual…


Posted by Geoff Lowe on December 4, 2016 at 19:00

Job: Horblit Project Cataloger

Reporting to the Associate Librarian of Houghton Library for Technical Services, the Horblit Project Cataloger performs original and complex copy cataloging of the photograph portion of the Horblit Collection of Early Photography and coordinates the digitization of the collection.  Note: This is a 2 year term…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2016 at 13:15

Looking for owner of Olive Edis' Autochrome from Dominic Winter auction in 2009

I am looking for the new owner of an autochrome that was auctioned by Dominic Winter in 2009. The auction website showed this jpg for lot number 863 captioned "Native North American, 1920, showing a seated man with a ?European child wearing a feather head dress". As I would like to reproduce this…


Posted by Caroline Fuchs on December 2, 2016 at 12:00

Symposium - Street View: Photography in Sheffield, the UK and Beyond / 24 November

This symposium will contextualise the exhibition within the broader theme of street photography and the long-term development of photography in Sheffield. It also aims to emphasise the importance of UK-wide photography networks to continued development and research in the field. The symposium will offer the first…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2016 at 7:52

Hyman Collection to be lost from Britain?

The Art Newspaper carries a fascinating Q&A with James Hyman where he talks about the 3000 strong Claire and James Hyman Collection of photography collectionand what might happen to it in the future, He makes a strident, but reasonable, call for a senior curator of British photography at Tate Britain to…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 16, 2016 at 16:48 — 1 Comment

Job: Collections and Exhibitions Assistant, Bradford

If you have excellent organisational skills and you're looking for an exciting and unique place to work this role could be for you. Using your skills in administration and ability to work in a team you will provide support to the Collections and Exhibitions department at the National Media Museum.

The team…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 16, 2016 at 7:22

Research and publication: Continuously-recording camera invented in 1845

Details of the first successful camera for continuous recording have recently been published.  When Sir Francis Ronalds became Director of the Kew Observatory in 1842, he decided to ease the load on observers by creating a camera that would capture the minute-by-minute variations of a scientific instrument through the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 14, 2016 at 17:30


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