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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 3600 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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cfp: Photographic Art Reproductions, from 1839 to the Present / deadline 18 June 2021

The photographic art reproduction came into being simultaneously with the invention of the medium: Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce captured engravings in his earliest heliographs, while William Henry Fox Talbot praised the reproductive capacities of the calotype in The Pencil of Nature (1844). As much as art has influenced photographic reproduction…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Blog: The Media of Mediumship

I n collaboration with the Science Museum Group and Senate House Library, ‘The Media of Mediumship: Encountering the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections’ project aims to transform…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 12:53

Kraszna-Kraus Book Awards 2021 - shortlists announced

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the long and shortlists for its 2021 Photography and Moving Image Book Awards, chosen from over 180 submissions. The books in the running address global issues related to gender, identity, history, social injustices, community and memory.

Ranging from untold stories of contemporary society, to innovative…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 12:42

Exhibition and book: The Road is Wider than Long / from 20 May 2021

Farleys House & Gallery is pleased to present The Road is Wider than Long, an exhibition exploring surrealist artists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose’s travels through the Balkans in the Summer of 1938, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Photographs taken by Miller and Penrose during this trip will be displayed together, including…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 11:40

Symposium: Remapping Early British Cinema / Online: 26-27 May 2021

A series of major publications in recent years have shed fresh light on the early British film business, from the 19th century pioneers up to the boom in cinema building before the First World War. Do these require revision of the standard histories by Rachael Low and John Barnes, which were pioneering in their time? And how are new historical insights best…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 11:23

Messums London sets up a photography department

Messums, the London art dealer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Julie Bonzon and the launch of our photographic department with a programme of online and physical exhibitions picking up in September 2021. Our curatorial and public programme featuring international, renowned and emerging artists and photographers working in various parts of the…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 11:18

Online event: The history of Kodak Australia / 19 May 2021 at 1000 (BST)

The history of Kodak in Coburg 1961-2004, and staff recollections is presented by Fiona Kinsey, Senior Curator of the Images and Image Making, including the Kodak Heritage Collection at Museums Victoria. The museum houses the Kodak Australia archives and collection. …

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 11:06

Online event: The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery: the Search goes on / 26 May 2021

As a fitting conclusion to the current  LSC Book of the month promotion, photo historian Denis Pellerin, from the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy, will be giving a FREE 3D online talk, entitled “The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery: the Search goes on”, on Wednesday May 26th at 7.00 pm. Whether you have already got a copy of the book (we love you!) or have not…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 10:51

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