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 over 2500 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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Podcast review: Drawn by Light, the move of the RPS Collection from Bradford to London

Drawn by Light is the title of a two-part podcast, totalling nearly two hours, looking at the move of the RPS Collection from Bradford to the V&A Museum, London.  It looks at the reasons behind the move and the processes which underpinned it through interviews with some of those involved and others with an…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 17, 2017 at 18:00

Information request: Byrne & Co., Richmond

The studio BYRNE & Co of Richmond - are any facts available ? I mean how long in the photographic business, who was owner/founder etc. Please take a look at the letter cover.…


Posted by Krzysztof K. Slowinski on August 16, 2017 at 18:00 — 15 Comments

cfp: edited collection: Before Representation: The Camera as Actor

The photograph as a byproduct of intention does not begin with its publication. Although photographs are uniquely powerful because of their reproducibility, the specific camera equipment and its use also needs to be considered for a fuller understanding of the image. Research that focuses on camera technology will help us understand how and in what ways imaging technology impacts and forms the representation out of which we make knowledge, base our judgments, and ultimately…


Posted by Amy Cox Hall on August 15, 2017 at 18:30

Fotografiska - London Museum of Photography to open 2018

Fotografiska, Stockholm's centre for contemporary photography, is to open a new building to be called Fotografiska - London Museum of Photography in 2018.

Fotografiska - London Museum of Photography will occupy the lower ground floors and a new office pavilion at The White…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 15, 2017 at 7:30

Symposium: India’s Place in Photography’s World / 6 October 2017 (UPDATED)

Photography arrived in India in 1840 and ever since it has remained rooted in the distinctive aesthetics and cultural iconography of the sub-continent while also serving as a reflection of the political context of the times. The symposium will be chaired by Rahaab Allana, consultant curator of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2017 at 20:00

Research: help with information about John Thomson (1837-1921)

I am researching John Thomson’s time in the Pearl River Delta region of China (namely Hong Kong and Canton) as part of a doctoral thesis at SOAS, University of London. I am particularly interested in any prints and carte-des-visites that he made in this region in the period 1868-1872. I would also love o speak to anyone who has carte-des-visites made by other photographers in Hong Kong at around this same time. I can be contacted through this website or at the email address…


Posted by Angela Cheung on August 13, 2017 at 19:45 — 5 Comments

Courses and Workshops at the V&A

The V&A has a number of courses and workshops taking place during August, September and October which include practical photographic process workshops and a history of photography evening course. Details are below. 

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 13, 2017 at 18:18

Symposium: Photo Oxford 2017 / 7 September

Photo Oxford 2017 is presenting an afternoon of stimulating discussions with artists, curators and academics that draw on the themes and theories explored in Photo Oxford 2017, a series of explorations into the complex and often contradictory relationship between photography’s capacity to both conceal and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 13, 2017 at 18:13


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