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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Podcasts: Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography

This major international conference was convened by Geraldine Johnson (University of Oxford), Deborah Schultz (Regent's University London), and Costanza Caraffa (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz—Max-Planck-Institut). It is the sixth in the Photo Archives conference series. This conference…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 27, 2017 at 7:18

Workshop: Cyanotypes for young people / 24 June 2017

Drop by the Wellcome Collection and create your own camera-less photo. Use everyday equipment and objects for a modern twist on a traditional imaging process, inspired by our exhibitions ‘Electricity’ and ‘Making Nature’. Led by photographic artist Elaine Duigenan, discover the technique of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2017 at 20:57

Talk: A Perfect Chemistry | Hill and Adamson / 13 June 2017

Only four years after the invention of photography was announced to the world in 1839, two Scots were producing works of breath-taking skill in extraordinary quantities. The current Scottish National Portrait Gallery exhibition A Perfect Chemistry demonstrates the uniquely productive and influential…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2017 at 20:36

Royal Geographical Society: film footage

The BBC carries a short film of some of the historical film footage of exploration held in the Royal Geographic Society collection which has been digitised and is being made available on the website

See the film here: …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2017 at 20:30

PhotoLondon 2017 a record success

The third edition of Photo London which closed on Sunday 21 May 2017, saw a record 38,000 number of visitors and sales, including major acquisitions by international institutions and significant sales to private collectors. The Fair brought together 89 galleries from 16 countries.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2017 at 20:30

Interview: Hilary Roberts

The British Journal of Photography carries an interview with the respected, and very active, research curator of photographs at the Imperial War Museum, Hilary Roberts. Read the interview here: …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2017 at 20:00

London Photograph Fair in Bloomsbury, Sunday, 28 May 2017

The May edition of The London Photograph Fair in Bloomsbury takes place this Sunday, 28th May. A week on from the successful Special Edition boutique event at King's College, the Bloomsbury fair - which has been going since 1982 - offers a wealth of C19th and C20th material, with something for every collector and…


Posted by Anna / London Photograph Fair on May 24, 2017 at 13:00

National Museum Wales acquires David Hurn Collection of Photography

Magnum photographer, David Hurn has donated over 2200 photographs from his own work and those he has swapped with other Magnum photographers to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Hurn is one of Britain’s most influential documentary photographers. Of Welsh descent, he lives and works in Wales. 

His generous…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2017 at 4:30


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