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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Has Anyone Seen This Method of Sealing Ambrotypes?

Started by John S. Rochon Sep 17.

Scottish Central Belt Photographic Historians 2 Replies

Started by Gordon Christie. Last reply by Peter Blair 4 hours ago.

Brewster type viewer made by Dresden-based German company ICA?

Started by Stephen Michael Barnett Sep 16.

Biographical information on 19th century photographers? 1 Reply

Started by Karin Bareman. Last reply by Michael Pritchard Sep 13.

Royer and Aufiere, Photographers, Cairo 4 Replies

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now almost 3000 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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Book launch: Scotland in 3D / St Andrews, Thursday 4th October, 7pm

In conjunction with the St Andrews Photographic Festival and to celebrate 170 years since Brewster developed his stereoscope, Peter Blair will launch his new book "Scotland in 3D - a Victorian Virtual Reality Tour" ISBN 9781527225527 at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on Thurs 4th October at 7pm.

Peter will…

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Posted by Peter Blair on September 24, 2018 at 12:00

Exhibition: East End Suffragettes: The Photography of Norah Smyth / from 2 November 2018

This autumn, the remarkable photographs of suffragette Norah Smyth will be returning to the East End after one hundred years. East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth opens at Four Corners Gallery on 2nd November.  Smyth's photographs, never exhibited in the UK,…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 12:16

cfp: Circulating Photographs: Materials, Practices, Institutions / Rome, 18-22 March 2019

Photography has always been a powerful tool of communication and has developed into an instrument of our everyday experience: Through photographs we are able to communicate quickly and easily with each other. As a medium of social interaction, photographic images are used as a handy alternative to language,…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 11:31

Publication: Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image

Cambridge University Press has just published Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 11:00

Event: ‘The Camera on Wheels’ / London, 8 November 2018

Starting from the analysis of the article ‘The Camera on Wheels’, which was published in the magazine Amateur Photographer in December 1885, Sara Dominici explores the relation between photography and cycling in late Victorian Britain. It looks, in particular, at how the confluence of new ways of…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:32

Publication: Photography and the Art Market

Lund Humphries presents the latest volume in its series of Handbooks in International Art Business, an essential guide to the development of photography as an art form and how to navigate this growing market. Photography and the Art Market charts the transition of photographs created for aesthetic ends from a…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:09

Events: collecting photography and the art market

This autumn, London's Photographers' Gallery will be running a series of events focused on the particulars of collecting photography and understanding its position in the wider art market today. Offering top tips and guidance from a range of industry experts, we will provide insider’s advice on how the photography…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:00

Conference presentations: French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation

Marie-Angélique Languille et Céline Daher have announced that the videos of the conference French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation which took place from 7-8 December 2017 have been uploaded here: …

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 9:57

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