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 2100 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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EXCLUSIVE: Rejlander album of 70 prints to be offered at auction

Morphets of Harrogate is offering at an album of seventy albumen prints by Oscar Gustav Rejlander from the former estate of Surgeon Commander Herbert Ackland Browning RN on 11 September. The album is estimated at a modest £7000-10,000 and the complete album is to be re-created as a page turner pdf book…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 23, 2014 at 9:30

Publication: Captain Linnaeus Tripe

BPH recently previewed the Linnaeus Tripe exhibition which opens in Washington DC in September and comes to the UK in June 2015. The book of the exhibition by Professor Emeritus Roger Taylor and Crispin Branfoot is now available. Listed at £40 it is being offered on Amazon as low as £22 including postage. Needless to…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 21, 2014 at 13:24

Symposium: Daguerreian Society - September 26-29, 2014

The 2014 Daguerreian Society Annual Symposium will be held in Austin, Texas at the Texas State Library and Archives. The conference Hotel is the Sheraton Austin At the Capital. Our tours and program start on Friday, September 26, 2014, with the opening reception and an exhibition of early Texas photography from 6 to 8 pm, at the Texas State Library and Archives.

The program continues Saturday with lectures, a banquet and auction. Speakers include: Sandra Petrillo from the European…


Posted by Jeremy on August 20, 2014 at 14:00

Exhibition: Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century

Running from 1 November 2014–11 January 2015, Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century will be Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum’s first ever photography exhibition to showcase the outstanding collection of 20,000 20th-century works that it has amassed since deciding in 1994 to extend its photographic…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 16, 2014 at 17:21

Open Day: W W Winter Photographers / 11-13 September

There has been a photography studio in Midland Road, Derby since at least 1857. This was owned by Monsieur Emmanuel Nicholas Charles who employed our founder, Walter William Winter. Winter eventually took over the business and in 1867, he opened his new purpose built studio directly…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 16, 2014 at 8:18

Publication: Photoshow: Landmark Exhibitions that Defined the History of Photography

This is the first book to study the history of photography via international exhibitions. The foremost historians of the medium describe the most important shows and set them in the context of their times: London’s Great Exhibition of 1851,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 11, 2014 at 13:58

Publication: Berry Boys: Portraits of First World War Soldiers and Families

This powerful new book offers an evocative snapshot of New Zealanders facing the First World War. Detective work on the part of Te Papa curators and a heartfelt public response has resulted in this extraordinary new book about soldiers and their families, and the changing face of the First…


Posted by Tony Rackstraw on August 11, 2014 at 8:30

Publication and book launch: William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) was a British pioneer in photography, yet he also embraced the wider preoccupations of the Victorian Age—a time that saw many political, social, intellectual, technical, and industrial changes. His manuscripts, now in the archive of the British Library, reveal the connections…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 11, 2014 at 8:30


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