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 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

Blog Posts

Online events: John Thomson and the Western Front

Two online talks take place this week look at different aspects of photographic history. On Wednesday, 28 July Dr Beatriz Pichel discusses some of the themes in her new book  Picturing the Western Front: Photography, Practices and Experiences in First World War France and on Thursday 29 July Betty Yao looks at John Thomson and his…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 26, 2021 at 7:30

Talk: Peter Domankiewicz and Christopher Frayling: Who was William Friese-Greene? / Bristol, 1 August 2021

For much of the twentieth-century, the contribution of William Friese-Greene to cinema was disputed. Having famously died at a meeting of cinema exhibitors with only the price of a cinema ticket in his pocket, cinemas around the country shut down their projectors to mark his funeral. The film The Magic Box – made for the Festival of Britain and released just…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2021 at 12:30

Invitation to Tender: Photography Collection Cataloguing and Accreditation Project / deadline 26 August 2021

Autograph is seeking a consultant or consultants, to deliver a cataloguing and collection accreditation project for our unique photography collection, between October 2021 and October 2022.

This project offers a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Autograph holdings which are located at Rivington Place, London. The growing…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2021 at 12:26

cfp: British Photography since 1972 / deadline for proposals 15 October 2021

The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group was formed on 22 March 1972 at a time when photography in Britain was undergoing a significant transition. The RPS, itself, was in a process of modernisation as it sought to remain relevant to British photography. The way photography was taught in higher education reflected a move away from the technical to a…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2021 at 17:00

Online event: Out of focus women in Australian photography / 22 July 2021

Curator Jan Brazier introduces the Australian women working in commercial photography 1850-1920. On 12 June 1871, the Illustrated Sydney News observed about 'Lady Photographers’  that the womanly attributes of ‘Delicacy, cleanliness, patience and … long suffering’ were the conditions essential for success for working in photography. Women certainly…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2021 at 6:00

Resource: the Creative Camera archive (and more)

The Golden Fleece is, in its opening statement, 'the home of The Creative Camera Archive, plus notes on photography, photographers and photographic ephemera'. It includes a searchable archive of Creative Camera 1-362  and DPICT issues plus a list of features.  Elsewhere it has resources on Tony Ray-Jones, Raymond Moore, Edwin Smith, Olive…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2021 at 17:32 — 4 Comments

Archive: HSBC history website

HSBC have just launched their new History Website, documenting and sharing its heritage journey and story. The archive, which has amassed a diverse range of material and content over the decades, reaches right back to their early foundation in 1865. As one of the largest financial organisations in the world, HSBC has survived the Great Depression and the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2021 at 18:23

cfp: Snapshot in Time / deadline 1 September 2021

Scottish Transport & Industry Collections Knowledge Network (STICK) is inviting submissions for papers for its 2021 conference – 'Snapshot in Time' – to discuss the importance of photography as a documentation and advocacy tool for industrial and transport heritage. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday 17 November…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2021 at 18:00


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