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



Anyone researching Beard's licences in the 1840s

Started by Les Waters 6 hours ago.

Dark slide identification - 3 Replies

Started by Les Waters. Last reply by Jeff Gould 1 hour ago.

2015 Daguerreian Society Symposium

Started by Jeremy Aug 10.

Daguerreian Society Annual

Started by Jeremy Aug 10.

Free exhibition on Head Shots

Started by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner Aug 8.

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are over 2400 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 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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New stereoscopy from the London Stereoscopic Company

Our friends at the (new) London Stereoscopic Company have launched Victorian Gems a selection of high quality Victorian stereographs and viewer. It was shown at the National Stereoscopic Association convention last week so we've yet to see the set but based on the LSC's past products we're not going to be…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 20:00

Talks: National Gallery does photography

London's National gallery has a series of six interactive lunchtime lectures around the subject of photography designed to investigate how photography has shaped both the Gallery and the history of Western European painting.

Find out more here: …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 19:59

Exhibition: Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate - Photographs from the Edward Reeves archive

Edward Reeves took up photography c.1855. Today his great-grandson Tom is still running the business in the High Street in Lewes. The Edward Reeves Studio, situated at 159 High Street is believed to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world.

Today it houses an archive of over 100,000…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 19:39

Publication: The Photographs of Lewis Carroll. A catalogue raisonné

Renowned for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was also one of the most important amateur photographers of the Victorian era and the period's finest photographer of children. This new book by Edward Wakeling, perhaps the world's leading Carroll scholar, presents…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 24, 2015 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Dissertation on Bailey, Duffy and Donovan

Hi. I am a mature student studying Photographic Media at Blackburn University. I am starting my third and final year for my BA honours degree. I am writing my dissertation on the trio David Bailey, Brain Duffy and Terence Donovan, so any help and pointers would be much appreciated :-)

Posted by shaun Richardson on August 23, 2015 at 19:35 — 1 Comment

Workshop: making negatives from digital files

The Royal Photographic Society's Archaeology and Heritage Group is holding a workshop on making negatives for printing by alternative processes or traditional methods from digital files. It is led by Peter Moseley. 

This introductory workshop  covers the essential steps in creating…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2015 at 8:06

Nordstrom appointed to St Andrews Special Collections role

Rachel Nordstrom has been appointed Photographic Collections Manager at the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections Division. She replaces Marc Boulay who returned to Canada earlier this year. She has taken on the leadership of the Photographic Collections team and will soon be recruiting for a new…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2015 at 19:30

Research help: Identify John Piper photographs

Thousands of pictures taken by British artist John Piper have been published by the Tate Archive. But while many of the locations were documented by Piper when Tate…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 12, 2015 at 18:00 — 2 Comments


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