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 almost 3000 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 (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: Photo-history talks / Bristol, 9 March 2019

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group will be holding a series of photo-history talks on Saturday, 9 March at the Society's new photography centre in Bristol. The three confirmed speakers are Debbie Ireland who will talk about the life and photography of Isabella Bird, Malcolm Corrigall who will discuss Minna Keene in South Africa 1903-1913, and…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2019 at 19:15

cfp: Fast Forward: How do women work / proposals by 1 March 2019

Following two inspiring international conferences about the role of Women Photographers, held at Tate Modern in April 2015 and National Gallery of Art in Lithuania in 2017, we are hosting the third conference at Tate Modern, in autumn 2019. Through a mix of call for papers and invited speakers, this public event aims to bring together key voices from across…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2019 at 12:47

cfp: Stars, Pyramids & Photographs: Charles Piazzi Smyth, 1819-1900 / proposals by 5 April 2019

Charles Piazzi Smyth, second Astronomer Royal for Scotland (1846-1888), had a career that took him to the Cape of Good Hope, Tenerife and Egypt and encompassed interests spanning mountaintop observation, photography, spectroscopy, meteorology, metrology and pyramidology. He was responsible for developing a time service for Edinburgh, with a time ball on…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2019 at 11:36

Exhibition: Lacock Abbey Birthplace of Photography on Paper / New York, from 2 March 2019

Hans P Kraus Jr Fine Photographs will be opening a new exhibition Lacock Abbey. Birthplace of Photography on Paper at his New York gallery on 2. It runs until10 March 2019. The exhibition brings together work from Willam Henry Fox Talbot, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Abelardo Morell and Mike Robinson artists first shown together in the well-received…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2019 at 11:30

Exhibition: Robin McInnes: A Portrait of the Isle of Wight 1860-1950 / until 14 April 2019

A major exhibition of photographs depicting the changing face of the Isle of Wight since the 1860s has opened at Dimbola on the Isle of Wight. The photographs, which include countryside and coastal views, shipwrecks, transport and social scenes, are drawn from the collections of Professor Robin McInnes OBE of St Lawrence and Andy Butler of Ventnor. The…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2019 at 11:26

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / London

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck, London, has a series of spring seminars which are free and and open to all.

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 6-7:30pm

Room 114 (Keynes Library), 46 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

Jennifer Tucker, History Department and Science in Society Program, Wesleyan…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2019 at 11:10

Job: Photographic Collections Network / closes 15 March 2019

The Photographic Collections Network is seeking a manager. The initial contract will be for 15 months, freelance, part-time, but our intention is to make this a permanent position, subject to funding. The fee is £36,000.

Late in 2018, the PCN had a second grant confirmed from Arts Council England. This allows us to build and strengthen the network, and…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2019 at 11:06

Aerial photography made available online

Cambridge University’s Collection of Aerial Photographs, CUCAP, represents a unique, long and proud tradition of aerial survey and interpretation in the British Isles and Europe, started by the pioneering Roman archaeologist JK St Joseph. Much of the imagery is remarkable, of great technical interest (e.g. early colour aerial photography), of high…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2019 at 11:00

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