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



Directory of English Photographers, 1840 to 1940

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Colour photography 12 Replies

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are over 2000 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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ALVA: National Media Museum visitors numbers

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions has reported that the National Media Museum saw 479,000 visitors in 2013, a decline of 5 per cent compared to 2012. London's Science Museum saw an increase of 11 per cent, the National Railway Museum an increase of 30 per cent and Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry a…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2014 at 13:53

Conference: Exchanging Photographs, Making Knowledge / 20-21 June 2014

Registration is now open for the PHRC's summer conference Exchanging Photographs, Making Knowledge. With keynote lectures by François Brunet (University of Paris) and Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyen University), and a plenery lecture by Chris Pinney (UCL), this conference brings together international contributions on…


Posted by Kelley Wilder on April 18, 2014 at 13:30

Exhibition: John Ruskin: Draughtsman and Photographer

John Ruskin: Photographer and Draughtsman is the first museum exhibition to explore how the new medium of photography played a pivotal role in the evolution of this leading Victorian’s influential thinking. Bringing together daguerreotypes (unique copper photographic plates) –rarely on public display –…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2014 at 6:45

Workshop: Photography and Latin American Archaeology

PHRC and University of Manchester are co-hosting a one-day workshop on Photography and Latin American Archaeology, to be held on June 10th 2014 at the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. Supported by the Society for Latin American Studies, speakers include Jennifer Baird, Luciana Martins,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2014 at 20:22

Auction: Sotheby's London - 7 May 2014

Sotheby's London is to offer a stuning album of photographs by John Beasley Greene. Estimated at £100,000-150,000 the album contains views of Egypt and Algeria dating from 1852-1856.

John Beasley Greene's work has been called ‘proto-modernist’ and looking back it is evident today that his views of Egypt and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2014 at 7:24

Publication: Répertoire des photographes français d'outre-mer du XIXe siècle

This new and important publication from Héritage Architectural, Paris, presents a catalogue of French overseas photographers together with foreigners who worked within the French Empire of were members of the Association Française de photographie between 1839-and 1920.

The photographers are classified by…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2014 at 12:00

Symposium: Seeing Observing Thinking - 17-18 May 2014

August Sander died in 1964 and at this event on Saturday, 17 May 2014, fifty years on, speakers will discuss his life and his work from various perspectives.This two-day event celebrating the work of two fascinating practitioners is jointly organised by the East Midlands Region and the Historical Group of The Royal…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2014 at 11:54

Auction: Photography - 29 April 2014

Sotheby's auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History in London on 29 April 2014 includes a number of lots of photographs. These include: sixty early photographs of Morocco (£45,000-50,000) and a newly-discovered very large 13-part panorama of Shanghai by Henry Cammidge, together with 25 photographs by…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2014 at 7:58


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