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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 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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Job: Project Officer, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock

We are looking for somebody who can take responsibility for the successful delivery of the [James] Fenton Collection Project. With the support of volunteers, this project aims to catalogue a significant photographic collection of 4,500 items, consisting of photographs, cameras, pre-cinema object…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 19, 2016 at 20:51

Job: Collection Online Assistant (20th Century Photography)

The post-holder will be responsible for identifying and making accessible a largely unknown part of the Royal Collection's photograph collection. With the guidance of curatorial colleagues and the Picture Library team, the postholder is responsible for creating, editing and enhancing online records for selected groups…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2016 at 6:30

William Blackmore Collection Album 1

I am currently researching the last photograph in this album - William Blackmore and Red Cloud, taken by Alexander Gardner in 1872.

I stumbled across this site and a very interesting blog from 2014 in which Kevin J McCann was researching an aspect of the William Blackmore Collection and both Paula Richardson Fleming and Antony Hamber contributed.

I am hoping that they might be able to answer some questions I have. I am awaiting the arrival of Antony Hamber's biography of…


Posted by susan jane aitchison on October 16, 2016 at 8:43 — 3 Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / London, Autumn/Spring 2016/17

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its Autumn/Spring 2016/17 seminar programme. Each is free and open to all, at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.

Monday 24 October, 6:00-7:30pm

Room 106

Tim Satterthwaite (Visiting Lecturer, University of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 19:44

Publication: Making Kodak Film (second, expanded, edition)

Robert Shanebrook writes...In 2010, I published a 94-page book Making Kodak Film. The book provided a high level view of the technology used to provide silver halide films. The positive response encouraged me to write a second edition with much more in-depth coverage of the subject.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 19:30

Exhibition: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph / from 18 November

The life, work and inventions of William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of modern photography, are presented in a major exhibition at the National Media Museum, Bradford.

Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph (18 November, 2016  – 5…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 18:22

Archive of Andrew and Stuart Douglas’s photographs of stars saved

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired a group of portraits of leading British cultural figures photographed in the 1990s - including Daniel Day-Lewis, Damon Albarn, Alan Bennett, Tilda Swinton, Bob Geldof and Salman Rushdie.

They have been saved from destruction after being rescued from a condemned warehouse…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 18:00

Job: Curatorial Research Assistant (Photographs)

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture. The Gallery attracts over 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular attractions, it reaches and engages these, and further…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 17:51


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