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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Photographic dealers in Britain 4 Replies

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Old Photographs of docks & dock building 2 Replies

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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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Essay Prize for photographic history announced

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group has announced an essay prize for younger photographic historians. The competition has been funded to promote interest in the history of photography amongst students and researchers and is open to anyone who will be aged under 25 years on 28 February…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2014 at 8:30

Aboriginal image identification

Hello. A group of us in Australia are trying to work out the identity of this Aboriginal girl, location in Australia, date of this tin type, photographer/studio ...  - all thoughts/information very welcome. 

Currently haven't obtained any further information than the article - link…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2014 at 12:49 — 1 Comment

Coxhead Bros.

This carte de visite by the Coxhead Brothers of Dunedin and Invercargill, New Zealand shows a subject type I have not seen before from this era. It shows a doll in period costume posed with miniature furniture, perhaps Catherine of Aragon or her daughter Mary I of England.  

The brothers Frank Arnold…


Posted by Tony Rackstraw on August 30, 2014 at 7:30

Auction: Rejlander album (UPDATE)

Following on from the recent BPH exclusive news of the auction of a Rejlander album of 70 prints the complete album is now available to view online as a page-turning version. Click the link here to access it:

The auction viewing is Tuesday…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2014 at 17:00

Event: Platinum and Palladium Photographs Symposium and Tours!

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn from an interdisciplinary and international team of distinguished photograph historians, scientists, and conservators who will present groundbreaking information about historic and contemporary platinum and palladium photography in Washington, D.C. at the…


Posted by Alisha Chipman on August 28, 2014 at 15:30

Research: Archive accessions

The National Archives (TNA) keeps a year-by-year track of UK (+ Channel Islands) accessions to archives, categorised by subject. There were two directly photo-history related accessions in 2013: 

Kingston Museum and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2014 at 17:58

Consultancy: Print Sales Feasibility Study

The Northern Photography Consortium (NPC) is a group of 6 organisations funded by Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme: Impressions Gallery, Open Eye Gallery, Amber Side, Redeye, Look Festival and North East Photography Network. A key aim of the Catalyst programme is to support arts organisations to diversify their…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2014 at 17:45

Iago is Art Everywhere

BPH reported in July about the project to put art in to public spaces. Julia Margaret Cameron's Iago is one of the artworks to be featured (see: …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2014 at 7:02


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