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 nearly 3400 active members, in addition to 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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Online: History of Stereoscopic Photography / 14 August 2020

The National Stereoscopic Association's 46th convention 3D-Con is going virtual in 2020. There is a two-part session on the history of stereoscopic photography taking place between 0730-1130 (Pacific Time) which is 1530-1930 (BST) on Friday, 14 August 2020.

The public is welcome to join for a morning of scholarship from an international group of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2020 at 10:20

cfp: Don’t Press Print. De/Re-constructing the collodion process / call closes 15 August 2020

The announcement in The Chemist (March, 1851) of Frederick Scott Archer’s wet-collodion process transformed how photography was practiced professionally and by amateur photographers for much of the nineteenth century. Photography’s reach broadened socially, grew artistically and extended geographically.

Move forward…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2020 at 10:00

cfp: A surrealist eye - new essays on the art of Lee Miller

Lee Miller is increasingly championed for her Surrealism-inspired photographs. Her images of Paris during the late-1920s and early 1930s when she was the muse and lover of Man Ray, her unique portraits of a desert landscape taken in and around Egypt in the 1930s, and her witty yet poignant and often disturbing images taken during the Second…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2020 at 8:10

Arts Council England COVID emergency funding supports photography

Arts Council England has released funding to support photography organisations. This includes £30,000 for Photo London and £280,00 for The Photographers' Gallery. BPH has identified the following photography organisations in receipt of emergency support, or offers of support:

Arts Council NPOs and Creative People and Places Organisations…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 20:00

Publication: Pre-order 'Photography of Protest and Community'

Illustrated with many newly discovered photographs, this book which is published in October, tells the story of community photography produced by the radical collectives in the 1970s. It examines their politicised magazines and exhibitions, held anywhere from working men’s clubs to laundrettes.…


Posted by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:30

Publication: ‘Larry Herman’s Clydeside: Photography of Protest and Community’

Larry Herman’s Clydeside: Photography of Protest and Community’, Studies in Photography Journal, Winter 2018, The Scottish Society for the History of Photography, National Galleries of Scotland. View Publication.…


Posted by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:00

Publication: 'Women and Work, 1975' in Aperture (Winter 2013)

Women and Work, 1975’, article on the Hackney Flashers in Aperture magazine as part of a series of articles highlighting forgotten exhibitions, ‘Photography as you don’t know it’ (Winter 2013) - View Publication.…


Posted by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:00

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor papers and photogenic drawing

Two lots coming up at auction provide a link back to the photography's earliest days in 1839. Sotheby's auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Property from the Eric C. Caren Collection being held on 21 July 2020 in New York has two lots connected to Alfred Swaine Taylor, the pioneer of forensic medicine and an early experimenter in…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 8:30


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