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 2200 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 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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Lecture: 'The invitation of photography' - 3 December, Brighton

Photography is central to the ways in which the past is recounted, in public institutions such as museums as much as in private settings. Yet the histories of photographs themselves, and how they are implicated in the stories as well as the telling, are often neglected.

In order to develop a…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 22, 2014 at 9:11

Job: Gallery and Artistic Development Manager

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and ambitious individual to join Candlestar as a member of the Photo London team as its Gallery and Artistic Development Manager.

The inaugural edition of Photo London at Somerset House (21-24 May, 2015) will be both a major international photography…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2014 at 7:30

Property for sale: Rock House / the former Hill & Adamson studio

Rock House, on Edinburgh's Calton Hill is being offered for sale by Savills for £1.2 million. Savills comments that It is notable in photographic history as the studio of Hill and Adamson, and a plaque commemorating their partnership is mounted on the front of the house.



In 1843…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2014 at 6:30

Death of Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani, aged 48 (UPDATED)

The death has been reported of Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani, aged 48, in London. Although not a name that will now be familiar to many photography collectors, for a period in the late 1990s/2000s Sheikh Saud was the largest buyer of photography - photographs and cameras - in the world, securing a number of important photography collections for himself and for the state of Qatar at auction and from dealers across the UK, Europe and North America.

The blurring of lines between the…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2014 at 21:00

Symposium: "Photography Historians: A New Generation?" Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto)

The fourth Ryerson Image Centre Symposium highlights the most current research in the history of photography, bringing emerging scholars from universities worldwide to speak about their bodies of inquiry, their methods and their findings. This rising group of young photo-historians will engage in dialogue with renowned scholars, revealing how contemporary historical inquiry sits within—and departs from—established traditions. The hope is that participants, and the audience, may better…

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Posted by Thierry Gervais on November 10, 2014 at 17:00

Registration closing soon: Photographic Histories of Psychology - 25 November, Leicester

This symposium seeks to explore how photography and psychology have influenced each other throughout their histories. It aims to uncover how psychological notions have informed photographic practices, and the role that photography has played in the making of psychological knowledge.

This symposium seeks to explore how photography and psychology have influenced each other throughout their histories. Its aim is twofold: to uncover how psychological notions have…

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Posted by Beatriz Pichel on November 10, 2014 at 12:30

Research call: Similarity Engine for Researching About Photographic History (SERAPH)

In recent years, the proliferation of online resources has shifted the balance of research away from physical archives towards online searching and browsing. However, keyword searches do not make it easy to browse for interesting ideas and relevant information when one is not sure exactly what one is looking for, even though it is often easy enough to recognise the potential of such information when one sees it.

Yet arguably browsing behaviour is just as important as targeted…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2014 at 6:29

Workshops: Ambrotypes and Wet-Collodion negs and prints

The Royal Photographic Society is holding two historical process workshops led by Michael Schaaf. The first on 14 February 2015 will allow participants to make ambrotypes. On the second, on 21 February, participants will making wet-collodion negatives and prints. Both take place in Bristol's St Pauls…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2014 at 16:30

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