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 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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The 19th-century Photography Show / 22 October

You don't want to miss this spectacular event. The 19th-century Photography Show on Saturday, Oct. 22nd in NYC will have 100 top photo dealers from ten countries participating. It will be the world's largest show ever for 19th-century Photography with booths and table tops. It will be held on the entire 2nd floor of the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel near Penn Station on 8th Avenue at 34th Street from 9:15 am-4:15 am for the table top areas, and until 6 pm for the booth areas.

And the…


Posted by Alex Novak on September 28, 2016 at 16:00

Research: Fantastic 1860s portrait, Who is the sitter?

Hi, I am researching this 1860s British albumen print, It's a 6.5 x 8 inch portrait, with an irregularly cut arched top. I think the narrow field of view is just masterly. Would anyone know the sitter?

Many thanks in…


Posted by David McGreevy on September 27, 2016 at 22:00

Seminars: Cultures of Photography, PHRC, Leicester

The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester has announced its autumn seminar programme, themed Photography and the Greater Middle East. All seminars are free and open to everyone, Clephan Building 2.30, Tuesdays 4-6pm. 

  • 18 October. Faces…

Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2016 at 14:07

Auction: Dominic Winter Photography / 6 October

Dominic Winter Auctions have a number of lots of relevance to British photographic history in their upcoming 6 October auction which has just gone online. Of particular note is a self-portrait in watercolour of Oscar Gustav Rejlander (lot 254, shown right), a group of early albumen and salt prints, and a…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2016 at 10:24

For sale: D O Hill's Rock House, Edinburgh

Estate agents Knight Frank are advertising Rock House for sale with offers in excess of £1,795,000. Rock House came to worldwide fame as the home and studio of David Octavius Hill, the artist and pioneering photographer who, in 1843…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2016 at 19:38 — 1 Comment

Exhibition review: 'Painting with Light: Art and Photography / Tate Britain, London

An interesting concept for an exhibition. I would have liked to have seen the exhibition to make a more informed comment. Parallels can be drawn, but how much import you put on the connection is up to you vis-à-vis the aesthetic feeling and formal construction of each medium. It is fascinating to note…


Posted by Dr Marcus Bunyan on September 20, 2016 at 11:00

Symposium: Photography, Ireland and the Photobook / 14 October, Belfast

A day of presentations and discussions around the theme of Ireland, Photography and the Photobook. The day will be a celebration of photography and the book form and is an opportunity to hear some important international photographers who have made photobooks in Ireland talk about their processes and achievements. It will also introduce some emerging photographers who’ve recently published their first books to wide acclaim and acknowledge the growing significance of the area in contemporary…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 21:15

Lecture: Out of the Shadows: Henry Talbot, invention & historiography / 26 September 2016

William Henry Fox Talbot first conceived of the art of photography in 1833 and achieved results by 1834. However, it was not until Daguerre announced his process in January 1839 that Talbot was prompted to make his method public.  The two approaches were radically different.  Daguerre produced beautifully…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:36


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