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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now over 3600 members, in addition to regular readers. These 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, reviews and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia.

A summary of the previous week's posts is usually emailed to signed up readers each Monday. 

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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Symposium: opening up the press archive / Online, 2 July 2021

The Photo Morgue, The New York Times’ legendary photo archive, is so well known that ‘morgue’ has become a synonym for ‘press archive’. However, press photos in archives are far from dead. In this symposium we focus on the importance and use of press photo archives in researching the history of photojournalism.

The symposium will focus on the new field…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2021 at 17:46

Job: Jo Spencer archive - archive researcher / closes 28 June 2021

Four Corners and Birkbeck invite applications for a part-time Archive Researcher, to document and undertake research at the Jo Spence Memorial Library Archive at Birkbeck and…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2021 at 17:30

Research enquiry: Mummy portraits, 1898-1912

Hello! I am looking for any kind of information relating to a wacky turn of the century trend, which involved tourists in Egypt posing inside mummy sarcophagi (see photograph). Although the practice seems to have waxed and waned for a period of about 14 years, few of these images are readily available online. I am wondering if anyone knows of any…

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Posted by Stéphanie Hornstein on June 13, 2021 at 23:30

cfp: British Photography since 1972 / deadline for proposals 15 October 2021

The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group was formed on 22 March 1972 at a time when photography in Britain was undergoing a significant transition. The RPS, itself, was in a process of modernisation as it sought to remain relevant to British photography. The way photography was taught in higher education reflected a move away from the technical to a…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2021 at 17:00

cfp: Photo Albums' twisted meaning / proposals by 15 August 2021

Photo albums as a subject of historical and theoretical discourse are usually considered an instrument of nostalgic reminiscing or, on the contrary, as a vehicle for the traumatic memories of the creators or their descendants, who were directly confronted with these memories and "postmemories" (Marianne Hirsch). But what about albums divested of the original…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2021 at 10:30

cfp: Science and the Moving Image: Histories of Intermediality / proposal deadline 28 June 2021

Since the advent of film in the late nineteenth century, moving images have been integral to making and communicating science. A rich interdisciplinary literature has examined such representations of science in the cinema and on television and investigated how scientists have used moving images to conduct research and communicate knowledge. Responding to…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2021 at 12:00

cfp: Colour Fever: a celebration of colour / deadline for call 15 July 2021

Taking James Clerk Maxwell’s experiments as a launching point, this event seeks to expand the field of knowledge surrounding the experimentation, invention, reception and exhibition of colour photography from 1855 to the present day. The event will take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of colour photography, considering its historical development,…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2021 at 9:44

Exhibition: Light Years / London, from June 2021

Light Years is a special four-part exhibition series in celebration of The Photographers' Gallery's 50th anniversary.  Arranged around four thematic displays each ‘chapter’ draws on rarely seen materials from the Gallery’s archive to explore key moments or movements in both the Gallery’s history and the photography landscape more widely. 

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2021 at 6:30

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