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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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St Andrews Photography Festival: events

St Andrews Photography Festival has announced several events of interest to BPH readers. First up, on 1 August Dr Alison Morrison-Low will discuss the work of Dr John Adamson. View this and others at the Festival's Facebook page: …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2016 at 7:47

Radio: The Invention of Photography / 7 July 2016

BBC Radio 4's In Our Time programme will look at the invention of photography on 7 July 2016. Melvyn Bragg and guests, Elizabeth Edwards, Alison Morrison-Low and Simon Schaffer, will discuss the development of photography in the 1830s, when techniques for 'drawing with light' evolved to the stage where, in…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2016 at 19:20

Auction: Arthur E Morton early colour and kinematography

Special Auction Services of Newbury is to auction a group of material relating to Arthur E Morton FRPS, a pioneer of early colour photography, both still and moving. He was an exponent of Autochrome and Paget colour process and Kinemacolour.  

The full catalogue which also includes the exceptional Mike Simkin…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2016 at 7:03

Bourne & Shepard Kolkata studio closes

I have just found out that the Bourne and Shepard Photo studio in Kolkata has closed. For more information:…


Posted by Eric Butler on June 26, 2016 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Vintage Photo Books

Several months ago, I acquired a number of very old British photo books at auction.  Plan to donate them to the library at Southern Methodist University.  Problem is that I have no way of ascertaining their value as can find no listings anywhere.  Any help or suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated.  They include:

Yearbook of Photography 1867; G. Warton Simpson, editor; Office of Photographic News, publisher.

Yearbook of Photography 1881; H. Barden Pritchard, editor;…


Posted by Jerry Comer on June 25, 2016 at 19:11

Lacock Intensive Collodion Workshop – One space available

Due to a health related withdrawal I have again one space available for this fantastic 5-day Lacock Intensive Collodion Workshop (6-10 July 2016, Manger Barn, Lacock).

It goes down to the basics of collodion photography. You'll learn how to make strong collodion negatives and how to print them on albumen…


Posted by Michael Schaaf on June 25, 2016 at 12:00

Call for Papers: American Art and Photography from 1895 to 1925: Rethinking “Pictorialism”

'Pictorialism' as a loosely constituted, international movement advocating photography’s assimilation into the traditional fine arts, succeeded to the extent that it fostered widespread acceptance of the medium as 'art' prior to World War I, but failed in the post-War period as its aesthetic agenda was condemned as…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2016 at 19:30

Brian Liddy secures role with Talbot catalogue raisonné project

Our friends at the William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné project have announced the news that Brian Liddy, formerly curator of collections access at the National Media Museum, Bradford, has been appointed the project's first research assistant.

BPH will bring news of former NMeM…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2016 at 16:12


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