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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now over 3700 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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Online event: Framing the Body: Yip Cheong Fun and Singapore Photography in the 1960s and 1970s / 28 January 2022

This session of Addressing Images is based on the work of Singapore photographer Yip Cheong Fun (1903-1989) in the 1960s and 1970s. We will discuss how Yip achieved 美感 (mei gan), or a feeling of beauty, that he along with other “amateur” practitioners in the local photographic community were seeking in the vignettes they composed, sometimes on group field…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2022 at 20:00

Information request: André François Bulot

My great grandfather, André François Bulot (1810-1873) is part of the beginning history of photography.  I have found some history about him in British photography history.  I’m thankful for this. I would love more about him.  

He came to the USA in 1856, made his home in Nashville, Tennessee. There he did miniature portraits in watercolor.  I own one of them.  He died there in 1873.  I don’t have his likeness in any form. I’m hope full that I might find this or more information with…

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Posted by Carolyn Bulot Ragsdale on January 19, 2022 at 7:31

Research: Darkroom practice and conceptualisation

Dr Sara Dominici writes... I am writing to introduce the new website for my project on amateur darkroom practices. I am keen to connect with researchers and practitioners interested in the histories of the darkroom, and its conceptualisation and theorisation.: …

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2022 at 11:30

Online event: ‘Ladies shall be eligible’ / 8 March 2022

As part of International Women's Day the Royal Photographic Society will be presenting Rose Teanby who will talk about early women photographers in the Photographic Society. 

Queen Victoria became joint patron of the Photographic Society of London (later the Royal Photographic Society) in May 1853 and continued her support until her death in…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2022 at 11:00

cfp: Photographic history without photographs / call deadline 12 February 2022

What is the shape and size of a photographic history that is written from the point of view of having no photographs? When photographs are destroyed, lost, repressed, or never intended to be permanent, it leaves a gap in what we usually refer to as our main research material.

By chance or by design, photographs disappear every day. They might be…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2022 at 10:57

Online event: Challenging Antisemitism / 20 January 2022

Following the success of last year's guest exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, 'My name is Sara', this online panel event curated by the artist Sara Davidmann explores how academic research, art and exhibitions addressing issues of antisemitism and the Holocaust can generate new ways of raising public awareness about the past and present, including…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2022 at 10:30

Event: Reflections on William Hope and the Crewe circle spirit photographs / 27 January 2022

During the opening decades of the 20th century, William Hope was a well-respected medium among the spiritualist community in Britain, with positive endorsements from major scientific figures such as the chemist William Crookes and the author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle. He was often seen as one of the few mediums to be able to produce authentic spirit…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2022 at 20:29

ICON Photographic Materials Group

Icon Photographic Materials Group committee is looking for a new chair. After six years as chair on the PhMG committee, Jacqueline Moon is stepping down and the committee is looking for a replacement. You don’t need to be a specialist in photograph conservation to apply, just a keen interest in photographs who’d like to gain experience running events and…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2022 at 20:08

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