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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 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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Symposium: Radical Visions: the cultural politics of Camerawork 1972-1985 / 28 June 2018

This event accompanies the Radical Visions exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, and the launch of its new digital archive. It will consider Camerawork's engagement, role and influence with community-practice, feminism and representation, and ask how its broader legacy can be understood within the…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 7:27

Free download: Canada in the Frame

Canada in the Frame explores a photographic collection held at the British Library that offers a unique view of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Canada. The collection, which contains more than 4,500 images, taken between 1895 and 1923, covers a dynamic period in Canada’s national history…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 7:17

Job: Development Coordinator / The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery is the UK’s leading centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and a dedicated home for an international photographic community. Established in London in 1971, the Gallery has been instrumental in reflecting photography’s pivotal role in culture and society…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 6:59

Exhibition: Artists' Visions Pictorial Photographs 1890-1960 / until 16 September 2018

A new exhibitions which examines pictorialism has opened at the museée Nicéphore Niépce and runs until 16 September 2018. Curated by Dr Julien Faure-Conorton Artists' Visions offers a new, broader, view of European pictorialist photography. The exhibition presents recent research and…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 18, 2018 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Call: DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2018

The DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2018 will be open for all elements of research into photography's many aspects. Besides aspects of traditional history and theory of photography, topics will be considered that deal with photography's social meaning, or the impact that the medium has had on society. The…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 8:00

NPG acquires 11 portraits by Philippe Garner

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired eleven portraits, including one self portrait, shown right) by Philippe Garner. Garner will be known to many as an auctioneer who started the first auctions of photography in the United Kingdom in 1971 at Sotheby's before he moved to Christie's, where he is remains a…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 7:51

Job: Curatorial Project Manager / ABP Autograph

We are recruiting for a full time Curatorial Project Manager, a key role in our newly expanded curatorial and archive team of four.

You will provide the project management and logistical support necessary to develop and deliver our dynamic curatorial programme of exhibitions on and off site,…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 7:42

Exhibition review: John Thomson at SOAS’s Brunei Gallery

Exhibiting historic photography is no easy task. To start with, it’s a conservator’s nightmare: nineteenth-century prints are physically fragile and chemically unstable and any prolonged exposure to light causes irremediable damage. Add to this the fact that they are usually quite small black and white…

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Posted by Stéphanie Hornstein on June 14, 2018 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

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