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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Symposium: Photographic Histories of Psychology

A one-day postgraduate symposium is being held on 25 November 2014 in the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. Photographic Histories of Psychology seeks to explore how photography and psychology have influenced each other throughout their…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2014 at 20:47

Programme Announced: Building with Light: The Legacy of Robert Elwall - An International Symposium on Architectural Photography

The two-day symposium aims to reflect on the role and relevance of architectural photography as a form of expression, as historical record and as spatial narrative.  Additionally, the symposium will examine the impact of collecting architectural photographs as well as…


Posted by Justine Sambrook on September 25, 2014 at 12:00

Connection: Story Maskelyne and Dillwyn Llewelyn

Interestingly and coincidentally two current postings: the John Dillwyn Llewelyn album to be sold at Sotheby’s and the Story Maskelyne camera obscura, at Christie’s are connected.

John Dillwyn Llewelyn was the father-in-law of Nevil Story…


Posted by Janine P Freeston on September 25, 2014 at 10:30

Information request: Henry Stiles London C19th photographer

Please provide any information on the photographer, preferably with a source available via the Internet. Please take a look at the cover of his stationery shown there: …


Posted by Krzysztof K. Slowinski on September 22, 2014 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

cfp: Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945)

A call for papers has been made for a workshop organised byProfessor Elizabeth Edwards and Dr Ewa Manikowska and titled: Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945):  Expanding the Field. The large-scale application of photography to the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2014 at 8:04

Research Seminars: Cultures of Photography, Leicester

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has published its Autumn research seminar programme. All are welcome and there is no need to book, just turn up. Enquriies can be directed to the convener: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Photographic History Research Centre…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2014 at 8:00

Publication: William Despard Hemphill

The Irish Office of Public Works has published a book on the photographer William Despard Hemphill (1816–1902), a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The book accompanies an exhibition about Hemphill that is currently touring venues around Ireland. 

A well-respected medical practitioner with a wide…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2014 at 17:35 — 1 Comment

British waxed paper users

I am in the early stages of a project designed to establish a database of British users of Gustave le Gray's waxed paper process in the 1850s and would delighted to hear from collectors and curators who might have contemporary salt or albumen prints from waxed paper negatives in their collections. A low res thumbnail of any image would be a very useful addition.

I am interested in the work of any UK-born photographer who used the process, wherever in the world he or she might have…


Posted by John Hannavy on September 18, 2014 at 14:30


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