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 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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Event: Augusta Crofton Dillon's photographic practice, 1865 to 1895 / 31 January 2022

This informal illustrated talk will explore the photographic practice of Augusta Crofton Dillon (1839 - 1928) of Mote Park House, Roscommon and Clonbrock House, Ahascragh, Galway. Crofton was a talented amateur photographer. Her work is included in one of Ireland's finest photographic collections - the Clonbrock Collection at the National Library of Ireland…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2022 at 18:58

Job: Curator, Impressions Gallery / closes 28 February 2022

Impressions Gallery is a charity that helps people understand the world through photography. Established in 1972, we have grown to become one of the UK’s leading centres for photography.

We are seeking to appoint a Curator to work as part of our small and dedicated team.

The Curator will be responsible for the delivery of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2022 at 19:30

Exhibition: Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce / London, from 11 February 2022

The London Transport Museum, Covent Garden is opening a new exhibition Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce from 11 February.  The exhibition celebrates the contribution Caribbean people have made to transport in London since the 1950s to the present day, while also documenting the struggles these individuals and their…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2022 at 19:35

Cardiff's Ffotogallery announces Siân Addicott as new director

Ffotogallery has announced Siân Addicott as its new Director. Siân will join Ffotogallery at the beginning of April from her current role as Head of Undergraduate Photography at University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD).Siân joined UWTSD in 2013, before becoming Programme Director of the BA Photojournalism & Documentary programme in 2016. In 2019,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2022 at 19:27

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…


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…


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.: …


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…


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


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