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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 over 2300 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 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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Outcry as Royal Society for Asian Affairs sells off historic books and photographs (UPDATED)

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA), a registered charity with Royal Charter, with a mission 'to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Central Asia and countries from the Middle East to Japan' and the specific objective 'to conserve all of the Society’s valuable archives, photographic and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 17:52

Exhibition: Victorian Britain and the Tintype Photograph

Despite huge popularity across the social strata in the United States of America, Victorian tintype photography never attained the same level of acceptance in Great Britain and as a result it has been annexed to the periphery of photographic history. The photographic establishment's adherence to the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 17:30

Bursary: MA Photographic History

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Taylor Bursary for its MA in Photographic History. The Bursary offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International.

To apply for the Taylor Bursary, please submit…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 8:14

Exhibition: Anna Atkins and Margaret Watkins

Edinburgh's Stills' presents a two-person exhibition showcasing historically important work by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and Margaret Watkins (1884-1969), who made pioneering photographic work in the 19th and 20th …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2015 at 8:30

Publication and event: Isabella Bird - Photographic Travels Through China 1894–96

Debbie Ireland will talk about Isabella Bird and how she - the nineteenth century’s most renowned woman travel writer - became a photographer. The talk takes place at The Royal Photographic Society in Bath on 5 May 2015 and coincides with the publication of Debbie's new book of the same tile. A student of John Thomson,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2015 at 7:30

Richard Beard studio addresses...

HELP!!  I'm hoping that someone could give me more info on Richard Beard's studio addresses, dates in particular. I'm also looking for info on Beard & Foard's Photographic Institutions. I have not had much success online! Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Posted by Douglas S Gulledge on April 13, 2015 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Symposium: Seen through the Collector’s Lens: 150 Years of Photography / 8-9 May 2015

This two-day symposium will feature presentations by experts from England, France, and across the United States. Topics will include the art form’s early patronage by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the reasons why collectors of American Modernism also collected photographs, photography’s changing fortunes on the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2015 at 10:56

Research: Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Lewis Carroll

Hello, I am researching this photo of Rossetti by Carroll. Sorry for my bad quality pics. I believe it's an albumen print, on very thin paper, 5-3/8 x 4 inches. I know the original was taken in 1863, however, the back has a faint pencil inscription: 1873 Life photo. There is an identical print with the oval…


Posted by David McGreevy on April 11, 2015 at 0:00 — 6 Comments


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