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




Started by michael g. jacob on Thursday.

George Eastman first day cover

Started by Paul Godfrey on Wednesday.

Dry Collodion Negatives of Kenilworth Castle

Started by Mark Osterman Apr 18.

The Guildford half plate camera.

Started by Gerry Palmer Apr 18.

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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

Blog Posts

Conference cfp: Photography and Britishness / Novemebr 2016

The Yale Center for British Art has put a call out for a conference which will take place in November. The conference seeks to investigate the various ways in which ideas about Britain have been communicated, inflected, and contested through the photographic image. How has photography been used at “home” and “abroad”…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 12:26

Workshops: Collodion and Ambrotype / June 2016

Two workshops by Michael Schaaf on behalf of the Royal Photographic Society will give participants the opportunity to learn and make wet-collodion negatives and positives (17-18 June, Lacock) and Ambrotypes (19 June, Lacock). 

Find out more here: …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 12:18

Exhibition: Terence Donovan: Speed of Light / 15 July-25 September 2016

The Photographers’ Gallery, in partnership with global technology company Ricoh, presents a major UK retrospective of acclaimed British photographer, Terence Donovan (1936-1996). 

Terence Donovan was one of the foremost photographers of his generation, with a career spanning almost 40 years. He came to…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 12:11

Conference: Photography: Between Anthropology and History / 20-21 June 2016

On the occasion of Professor Elizabeth Edwards’ retirement, the 2016 PHRC Annual International Conference will address themes from her complex and wide ranging scholarship on the cultural work of current and historical social photographic practices. Thus, Photography: Between Anthropology and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 11:43

Exhibition: Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 / 18 May-11 December 2016

An important display of photographs, which will reveal some of the stories of Black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s, opens next month at the National Portrait Gallery. Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 (18 May-11 December 2016), has been organised in…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 11:30

Kodak's Harrow site likely to close

Kodak Alaris has announced that it is likely to close it's Harrow site by the end of the year. The site - Kodak's first manufacturing plant outside of Rochester - was purchased in 1890 and started operations in 1891. Since the 1980s the site has been gradually been reduced as the business has contracted and today only…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2016 at 8:00

Job: Festival Coordinator, National Media Museum, Bradford

This is an opportunity to use your great organisation skills and passion for cultural events to support the delivery of two exciting festivals in autumn 2016; Widescreen Weekend (October) and a new Games Festival (November)

You will have had experience in project coordination and project logistics ideally for…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 25, 2016 at 19:59


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