British photographic history

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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 almost 3200 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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Auction: Photography: From West to East / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / Thursday 3 October

Photography in China is the dominant theme in Dominic Winter’s 320-lot photography sale on 3rd October.

Highlight among the 50 China lots is the notoriously rare Views on the North River (1870) by John Thomson (1837-1921), estimated at £15,000-20,000. But with only 4 copies in…

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Posted by Chris Albury on September 22, 2019 at 0:00

Research request: A street telescope

I am looking for any information on this stereo view, a street telescope, View Saturn and Jupiter! No information on the back. I have no Idea about the origin, England, France, Italy?

Does anyone recognize this image or…

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Posted by David McGreevy on September 17, 2019 at 23:30 — 3 Comments

Exhibition: Notre-Dame of Paris: Photographs and images from the Conway Library at the Courtauld.

Lindy Grant, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Reading and Tom Nickson, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, have created an online exhibition of images of Notre-Dame de Paris from the collections of the Conway Library of the Courtauld Institute of Art.

This exhibition consists of texts and…

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Posted by Philip Bovey on September 12, 2019 at 13:30

Information request: What uniform?

This albumen print is a portrait of captain WH Barten. Identified on a separate paper. 

Does someone know more about this type of uniform? I bought it with UK provenance. 

Print ca. 16 x 12,8 cm. 

(wouter.lambrechts@kdg.be)…

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Posted by Wouter Lambrechts on September 11, 2019 at 19:00 — 6 Comments

Vintage photography fair in Amsterdam: Dialogue / 21 September 2019

Until now, the Netherlands lacked a meeting point for Vintage Photography.

Inspired by the famous Frido Troost (1960-2013), whose Institute of Concrete Matter, offered a space where collectors, curators and photographers could meet and have extraordinary encounters and dialogues on photography, two curators and three collectors…

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Posted by Wouter Lambrechts on September 11, 2019 at 13:00

Exhibition: Color Mania / Winterthur, to 24 November 2019

Fotomuseum Winterthur and the FilmColors research teams of …

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2019 at 7:37

Festival: St Andrews / 4-27 October 2019

The interplay between scientific studies and the photographic medium is the theme for this year's St Andrew's Photography Festival. The programme includes a symposium, exhibitions and public events all taking science and photography which draw on the rich collections of the University of St Andrews. A number are of particular interest to those interested in…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:46

Course: A concise history of photography / London: 9-10 November 2019

Investigate the fascinating history and theories of photography in this weekend-long course hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and delivered by Professor Mark  Rawlinson. 



In 1859, Charles Baudelaire famously described photography as “art’s mortal enemy” and argued its proper function was to be the “very humble…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:25

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