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 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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Exhibition: Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins / New York, from 19 October 2018

The New York Public Library which holds a copy at Anna Atkins' British Algae is hold an an exhibition devoted to her from 19 October 2018-17 February 2019.  Anna Atkins (1799–1871) came of age in Victorian England, a fertile…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2018 at 19:12

Blog: Researching the Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society has a long and distinguished history back to 1853. For much of its existence it has been the place where matters affecting photography’s technical development and its position as an artistic medium were debated and reported on. Its publications and membership are a key resource for…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2018 at 19:05

Enquiry: Where in the World?

Can anyone help in locating where the image below was taken? It was found in a suitcase stuffed full of 5x3 film negatives, which was transferred to the Reach Central Archive, Watford at the end of 2017 when we moved the Surrey Advertiser Archive. From other negatives found in the suitcase we…

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Posted by John Mead on August 9, 2018 at 9:30 — 11 Comments

Photo reference library for sale

I am selling a large part of my photography reference library: Over 450 books and many more catalogues. Most titles are viewable on this attached xl spreadsheet doc  photo books xl document, giving author, title, size and indication of what it covers - there will be more items than appears on this list, journals,…

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Posted by Pierre Spake on August 6, 2018 at 17:00

Seminar. From illustration to evidence in native title: the potential of photographs / 12 September

By working with photographs from the collections of museums and libraries, Michael Aird is testing whether historical photographs can become substantial evidence of Australian Aboriginal connections with land and place. He is studying images and combines archival research to contextualize how photographs can serve as more than illustrations, but they can also demonstrate historical continuities and change as well as connections to country over time. Who are the people featured in…

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Posted by Joanna Sassoon on August 6, 2018 at 1:00

Job: Head Curator, National Science+Media Museum, Bradford / closes 12 August 2018

To truly lead our curatorial department, build our research profile, develop our collections and deliver content for an ambitious 'masterplan', we are looking for a Head Curator to join us at the National Science and Media Museum (NSMM), in Bradford, on a permanent basis.



In this role,…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2018 at 20:30

John Traill Taylor (1827-1895): an addition to the biography

While working through the British Journal of Photography I came across a reference to John Traill undertaking a photographic expedition to Orkney in June 1860 (listed by Peter Stubbs on his Edinphoto website) . He read a paper on it to the Edinburgh Photographic Society on 17 July 1861, published in the Journal on 1 August p. 269. He had with him a stereo camera and a 12 x 10" plate camera.... but where are his photographs? This is in fact John Traill Taylor, who became editor of…

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Posted by Dr. Joe Rock on July 28, 2018 at 9:00

Workshop: On the Edge of History: Photographs and African Archives / 27-28 September 2018

This is not simply another colloquium about African photography within the field of visual studies. It is concerned with the question of how histories are written or assembled, and the materials that are drawn upon to…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2018 at 18:00

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