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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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London Stereoscopic Company - lecture dates

The London Stereoscopic Company has announced a series of UK lecture dates where Denis Pellerin, Dr Brian May and others will be giving talks on different aspects of stereoscopy. The tour commences in Manchester in September and will conclude in London in November. Further dates may be added .

Thurs 22…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2016 at 7:07

Research: Ruth Snowman

As part of my ongoing research on the life and work of Josef Breitenbach, I am trying to locate further information on a very significant pupil, Ruth Snowman. Snowman studied with Breitenbach in Paris during 1934, and later in England worked as his agent, placing his work in a variety of British and American publications. (During this time she lived on Acol Road, West Hampstead, NW6) From 1935-1939 she ran her own photographic studio in London, under the trading name of Ruth Antoni.…


Posted by Helen Trompeteler on August 15, 2016 at 19:00

Michael Schaaf

BPH is saddened to report that Michael Schaaf, the photographer and teacher of collodion and other historic process, was found hanged in his camper van in Lacock on 16 July. He had not been in contact with his family for several days and was discovered by a National Trust employee. Schaaf had conducted a five day…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2016 at 8:00

Phd Studentship: Photography and/as Pedagogy at the University of Westminster

The University Archive provides ample evidence that the University and its predecessor institutions have been at the forefront of innovations in both the technologies of photography and in its pedagogical implications.

The Royal Polytechnic Institution housed the first photographic studio in Europe, and both…


Posted by Sara Dominici on August 12, 2016 at 10:00

Exhibition: Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis

The first-ever comprehensive exhibition to celebrate exclusively the life and work of pioneering British photographer Olive Edis (1876-1955) opens at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday October 8, 2016 and closes…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 10, 2016 at 19:51

Reunion: Polytechnic of Central London

A reunion will be held for all those photography students who attended the Polytechnic of Central London (Regent Street Poly) between 1960 and 1965.The free reunion will be held on Friday 26th August 2016 from midday onwards at Dolphin Square in London, for full details, please contact Tony Hilton at

Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 10, 2016 at 19:41

Job: Project Coordinator - Opening up the Beaford Archive

The Beaford Archive - the work of James Ravilious and Roger Deakins  - is a photographic record of people and community in rural north Devon containing more than 80,000 images covering the 120-year period 1870 to 1990. However, few of these images are currently accessible to the public. 

Beaford Arts has…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 6, 2016 at 18:38

Research: My Big Project (Fixed)

The following is a rough draft describing my latest project, well late, as I have been working on this for quite a few years now. I would appreciate any comments you may have as I eventually, by year's end, to put it on the market. I hope I am not violating any rules here due to this being a commercial project, much the same as a book might be.

I get the sneaking suspicion…


Posted by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS on August 3, 2016 at 19:30


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