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 over 2200 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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H.L. Pattinson: Niagara Falls, daguerreotype, April 1840

I am about to embark on a charity fundraiser - - based in part on the Pattinson daguerreotype reproduced above. Anyone who is…


Posted by Robin Anderson on October 25, 2014 at 3:22

Japanese photo album 1885-1890 from the photographic studio of Adolph Farsari (Yokohama)

You might be interested in this 7 minute video of a hand coloured albumen photo album from the photographic studio of Adolph Farsari ( Yokohama ) 1885-1890

The video was sent to me by my friend David Iglésias of the…


Posted by World Image Trader on October 24, 2014 at 12:00

Photography Historians: A New Generation?

The fourth Ryerson Image Centre Symposium highlights the most current research in the history of photography, bringing emerging scholars from universities worldwide to speak about their bodies of inquiry, their methods and their findings. This rising group of young photo-historians will engage in dialogue with renowned scholars, revealing how contemporary historical inquiry sits within—and departs from—established traditions. The hope is that participants, and the audience, may better…


Posted by Thierry Gervais on October 22, 2014 at 23:00

Exhibition: Chamonix in 3D

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in 3D is a new exhibition at Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, from 18 Oct 2014 – 29 March 2015. The exhibition of 3D images spans the past 150 years,…


Posted by Peter Blair on October 20, 2014 at 23:30

The voyage of the 'Oriental' and the daguerreotype in Portugal, Spain and Brazil, 1839-1840

  Ramires, Alexandre (2014) The Voyage of the Daguerreotype. On the Daguerreotypes and Physionotypes of the Oriental Hydrographe, Coimbra: author's edition. This text provides documental support for the first daguerreotype experience in Portugal, in October 1939, and the probable daguerreotype…


Posted by Nuno Borges de Araújo on October 17, 2014 at 21:00

cfp: Archiving 2015

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology has announced a call for papers for Archiving 2015. The conference is to be held the week of 18 May at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. Read more and download a PDF version of this Call for Papers at…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2014 at 7:02

Seminar: 'Poor Man’s Picture Gallery': Art and Stereoscopic Photography

Tate Britain's Victorian and Edwardian Art Research Centre is holding a research seminar on 4 November based around the upcoming BP Spotlight Display ‘Poor Man’s Picture Gallery’: Art and Stereoscopic Photography.  Exploring how the reproduction of fine art imagery through the intimate hand-held form of stereoscopy has…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2014 at 6:33

Research: The 1846 Art Union Photographs Project

In 1846 William Henry Fox Talbot provided probably over 6000 original Talbotype images to the Art Union journal in a promotional effort which today is largely overlooked.  The images were provided to popularise his photographic method and the publication was the first journal in the world to include photographs.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2014 at 22:02 — 1 Comment


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