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 3200 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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Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2020 - Call for submissions

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise outstanding original contributions to the literature, art or practice of photography and the moving image. Two winning titles published between 1 January and 31 December 2019 will be selected; one in the field of photography and one in the field of the moving image (including film, television and digital media). The…


Posted by Alex Anthony on November 19, 2019 at 23:18

Obituary: Terry O'Neill CBE (1938-2019)

Terry O’Neill, the photographer who chronicled London’s 1960s culture by capturing the celebrities and public figures who defined the era, has died aged 81.

O’Neill, who was awarded a CBE last month for services to photography and was known for his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, died at home on Saturday night…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 17, 2019 at 17:30

Interior of the Redan Bastion at Sevastopol

The Redan Bastion was an integral part of the Russian defences of Sevastopol during the Crimean War. Many…


Posted by David Robert Jones on November 17, 2019 at 4:30

Event: Early colour photography and the Rothschilds / London: 24 November 2019

International photographer, designer and lecturer Janine Freeston discusses colour photography in Britain before the First World War and the beautiful Autochromes of Lionel de Rothschild. Janine is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and currently undertaking a PhD on early colour photography at…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 16, 2019 at 17:42

Event: Collection Talk and Tour: National Science & Media Museum / Bradford, 29 November 2019

The Photographic Collections Network are running a series of events across the UK combining collection tours with talks aimed at anyone working with photo collections and archives in museums, libraries and…


Posted by Debbie Adele Cooper on November 16, 2019 at 13:30

Exhibition: The forgotten showman - R W Paul / Bradford, from 22 November 2019

Discover how Robert Paul, the forgotten pioneer of cinematography, invented British cinema. The year is 1894—a time of competition and innovation. Young engineer Robert Paul is sitting in his workshop when two businessmen arrive with the proposition of a lifetime.

Discover the beginnings of a new industry, enter the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 16, 2019 at 9:03 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Scotland's PhotographyAlbum, The Mackinnon Collection / Edinburgh, from 16 November 2019

This exhibition celebrates an unparalleled collection of Scottish photography recently acquired and shared by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. The photographs were amassed by collector Murray MacKinnon and represent Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through the 1940s – a century of dramatic…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2019 at 18:26

Exhibition: Bill Brandt | Henry Moore / Wakefield, Hepworth, from 7 February 2020

The photographer Bill Brandt (1904-1983) and sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) first crossed paths during the Second World War, when they both created images of civilians sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz. Taking these acclaimed ‘shelter pictures’ as a starting point, this major exhibition will trace for the first time the parallel and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2019 at 18:17


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