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



1850s/1860s 'process of taking twelve thousand photographs in an hour'? 2 Replies

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Minna Keene (1861-1943) 3 Replies

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Maud Shelley (1875-1952) 8 Replies

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Houghton Ensign Half Plate Camera 4 Replies

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now nearly 3400 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, Africa 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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Publication: How Change Happens: Photography, Education and Society

There was a paradigm shift in the way photography was taught in Britain in the 1960/70s. In How Change Happens: Photography Education and Society May McWilliams uses four colleges - Derby College/Trent Poly, Newport College, London College of Printing, Regent Street Polytechnic -  as case studies to illustrate the change. Oral history accounts…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2020 at 12:00

Fotografiska London is no more...for now

Fotografiska London, the Museum of Photography, which was originally due to open in 2018 has been cancelled as the investment group behind it, Fotografiska…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 17, 2020 at 20:00

Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.

New research based on a view of 'Roslyn Chapel --- The Apprentice's Pillar' confirms Mr Wilson introduced CDV views before late 1868. The printed caption appears on the recto and the seller's label, 'William Smith, 43 Lord Street, Liverpool' on the verso.

In 1862, the British Journal of Photography suggested to readers, they buy from Mr. Smith at 43 Lord street cartes of American personalities, published by Anthony of NYC, to support a Lancashire charity. Gore's Liverpool…


Posted by Edward McCann on September 16, 2020 at 17:00

Passenger Pigeon Manifesto - a call to liberate cultural heritage

Passenger Pigeon Manifesto...A call to public galleries, libraries, archives, and museums to liberate our cultural heritage. Illustrated with the cautionary tales of extinct species and our lack of access to what remains of them.…


Posted by Adam Harangozó on September 15, 2020 at 12:30

A 3,000 camera collection in Fife

Some of you might have seen this on the BBC News site; if you want to know more, there's information on the trust and St Monan's photographic roots here…


Posted by Anne Strathie on September 14, 2020 at 20:00

Pop-up exhibition: Byker, UK comes to Madison Avenue, NY

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's Spacehopper hit Manhattan's Upper East Side last week as part of Madison Avenue Welcome Back Saturdays. This large window display and exhibition inside will be up through the end of the month. To all those in or passing through New York, we hope you have the chance to see it!…


Posted by L. Parker Stephenson on September 14, 2020 at 13:00

Online conference: Let Us Now Praise Famous Women / 24 October 2020

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Discovering the work of Female Photographers is an online conference being held on 24 October as part of Photo Oxford. It will explore the critical work of women writing about, collecting, and curating photography by women.

Key questions include how women’s voices are heard in the history and criticism of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2020 at 8:52 — 2 Comments

Auction: Snowdon - A life in art and objects / 4-24 September 2020

Although he would come to be best known as a member of the British royal family, Lord Snowdon was first, foremost and to the end, a photographer. A selection of his prints and other personal possessions are offered in a Christie's auction:  Snowdon: A Life in Art and Objects running online from 4-24 September. 



Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2020 at 8:45


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