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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 3700 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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Online talk: Helmut Newton: Living to make pictures / 17 May 2022

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most singular and successful photographers of his generation, known for his provocative fusion of fashion, portrait, and erotic subjects.

Philippe Garner, a 50-plus years veteran of the art auction world, has admired Newton’s work since he discovered it in the late sixties.

He met Newton in 1975 and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2022 at 16:27 — 1 Comment

Online talk: The Muse of the Lens / 19 May 2022

Although not photography, the related optical instruments of the microscope and telescope presented new ways of seeing, as did the camera. In the seventeenth century, human vision was technologically enhanced with the invention of the telescope and then of the microscope. Scenes of wonder emerged as the assisted eye traversed the night skies or delved into…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2022 at 15:43

Archive: Elisabeth Buchmeyer Lewis (1935-2018)

The archive of Elisabeth Buchmeyer Lewis (1935-2018) has been acquired by Hundred Heroines which will be staging a first look at it in June. After studying at the London College of Printing, Elisabeth soon gained a reputation as a modernist photographer.  By the time of her death in 2018, she had created a vast collection of images with immense social,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2022 at 15:30

Auction: 19th & 20th Century Photography / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / 19 May 2022

Dominic Winter’s first photography sale of 2022 comprises 253 lots, from the early to the nearly new. Highlights of the sale are two albumen prints by Julia Margaret Cameron, Alice Liddell as St Agnes and a portrait (see below) of Julia Jackson (Mrs Herbert Duckworth). The latter has interesting provenance and was gifted to the owner by the…


Posted by Chris Albury on May 15, 2022 at 12:00

Conference: Photographic history without photographs / Leicester and online: 13-14 June 2022

What is the shape and size of a photographic history that is written from the point of view of having no photographs? When photographs are destroyed, lost, repressed, or never intended to be permanent, it leaves a gap in what we usually refer to as our main research material.

By chance or by design, photographs disappear every day. They might be…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2022 at 9:30

Historic England launch interactive story map for Queen's Jubilee

Today, Historic England has launched an interactive education tool which will display hundreds of images of the Queen visiting key heritage sites across England during her reign. The story map resource has been created by Historic England’s Heritage Schools team to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and will help school children learn about some of the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2022 at 1:00

Hybrid event: Isabella Bird's magic lantern slides from China / 12 May 2022

On 10 May 1897 Isabella Bird was engaged to lecture on Western China at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Jacki Hill-Murphy who has recently published The Life and Travels of Isabella Bird will recreate this lecture, using some of the original magic lantern slides, and talk about the rest of Isabella's solo world travels and how…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2022 at 17:35

Exhibition: Captain Shakespear and the Arabian Peninsula / opens 10 May 2022

A new exhibition titled The other Shakespear, which brings to life some of the earliest and finest images of the Arabian Peninsula is being launched this month at the Royal Geographical Society on Exhibition Road. This is the first time these photographs have been on public display for more than a century.  The photographs taken by Captain William…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2022 at 17:29


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