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 now over 3300 active members, in addition to 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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AHRC PhD studentship: Indigenous Knowledge, Historical Photographs & Heritage in Guyana / closes 31 March 2020

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on historical photographs, Indigenous knowledge and heritage in Guyana at Royal Holloway University of London, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Kew Gardens. This award is made by the Science Museums & Archives Consortium under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2020 at 7:30

Lecture: Photography and Cinema, from A to Z presented by David Campany / London: 30 March 2020

The inaugural Kraszna-Krausz Lecture will be given by internationally renowned writer, public speaker and curator David Campany. Titled Photography and Cinema, from A to Z, the lecture will take the form of twenty-six short reflections on still…

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Posted by Alex Anthony on February 18, 2020 at 22:30

Rare and early photographs and photobooks to be auctioned / 5 March 2020

A notable collection spanning photography's first 100 years will be auctioned by PBA Galleries in Berkeley, California on Thursday, March 5, 2020, commencing at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time..

The collection was amassed by Dr. Robert Enteen while living in Paris and other major European…

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Posted by Robert Enteen on February 17, 2020 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

In Conversation: Martin Parr and Michael Sheen / Cardiff: 27 March 2020

The photographer Martin Parr and actor Michael Sheen will be discussing Martin’s work and his long-standing relationship to Wales, which is reflected in his current exhibition, Martin Parr in Wales, on display at National Museum Cardiff until 4 May 2020.  

To book a ticket: …

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 9:10

Martin Parr Photobook collection now available at Tate

The Martin Parr collection of photobooks comprises of over 12,000 items. The collection’s strengths lie in its extensiveness of photobooks from around the world, with a focus on documentary photography and propaganda materials. It includes key works by renowned photographers, alongside self-published amateur work and mass-produced commercial books. The…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 9:06

Symposium: Instagram: A Symposium / Cardiff: 29 February 2020

Social media platform. Billion-dollar company. Home of fitspiration, avocado brunches, and over-filtered sunsets. Instagram is the place where we share our lives and peek into the lives of others—friends, family, influencers, celebrities. But what does it mean to encounter photographs as part of Instagram’s endless feed? How does this platform shape how we…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:59

Exhibition: Siam Through the lens of John Thomson 1865–66 / Dublin: 21 Feb 2020-17 May 2020

John Thomson’s photographic vision marks him out as one of history’s most important travel photographers. Featuring dramatic images developed from negatives preserved in London’s Wellcome Library, this exhibition introduces the sights and people of nineteenth-century Thailand as witnessed by Thomson’s camera.

Born in Edinburgh in 1837, the…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:47

Kraszna-Krausz 2020 books awards

Now in its 35th year, The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have a long history of profiling talent, celebrating outstanding new publications alongside their authors and creators. At the heart of each edition of awards is a team of judges who select the Best Photography Book and the Best Moving Image Book from the past year.

The 2020 judging panel brings…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:42

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