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



Charles Henry Park

Started by Martin Plaut 18 hours ago.

Rejlander Exhibition

Started by Lori Pauli on Monday.

Cyril Ernest Chidley - Wesson Gear and Company

Started by Robert Gray Sep 7.

Anyone researching Beard's licences in the 1840s

Started by Les Waters Aug 28.

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are over 2400 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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Agfa-Gevaert archive preserved in Antwerp

The future of the historical archives of Agfa-Gevaert, Mortsel, Belgium, has been secured with their deposition with Antwerp's Fotomuseum (FoMu). The collection includes photos, posters, films and other memorabilia, back to founder Lieven Gevaert, an industrialist who was also important for the history of Flanders. The…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2015 at 7:53

Event: Stereography: A Talk in 3D / 21 October

Photohistorian Denis Pellerin will share his passion for the ingenious art of stereography in a public talk at the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh. Stereoscopy was a nineteenth century craze with millions of inexpensive stereographs circulating worldwide. The event promises to be engaging and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2015 at 7:38

George Eastman House: new name and website

Rochester, N.Y., October 6, 2015 —The George Eastman Museum has today announced its new name and launched a new website at Formerly George Eastman House, the institution encompasses one of the world’s foremost museums of photography and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2015 at 7:29

Exhibition Defence Through The Lens - 100 Years of Military Photography

A century of military photographic images goes on show at Shrewsbuy Museum & Art Gallery from Monday 19 October 2015 until 10 January 2016 in a new exhibition by the Defence School of Photography.As well as marking the centenary of photography by members of the Armed Forces, the exhibition also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the School’s move to RAF Cosford in Shropshire in 1965.

The exhibition will showcase the very best work of photographers from the Army, Navy and Royal Air…


Posted by Tim King on October 5, 2015 at 8:00

Auction: Ponting / British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913

A collection of material relating to H G Ponting including his Emerson medal and correspondence with Buckingham Palace and the Royal Household between 1910 and 1929 is being sold on 3 November at Bonhams, London.

The catalogue footnote reads: 


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2015 at 19:16

Exhibition: Victorian London in Photographs 1839 to 1901 / LMA

This is a fascinating exhibition about the history of London portrayed through Victorian era photographs. The best photographs in the posting are by John Thomson. The composition of these images is exemplary with their eloquent use of light and low depth of field. The seemingly nonchalant but obviously staged…


Posted by Dr Marcus Bunyan on October 4, 2015 at 6:30

Auction: Early Shadbolt ballooning photographs lead sale

Dominic Winter's autumn Photography auction comprises 147 lots from 1850s onwards. Highlight of the sale is anticipated to be a series of 76 ballooning magic lantern slides that include 27 aerial photographic views of London (and one of the Eiffel Tower) by balloonist-aerial photographer pioneer Cecil Victor Shadbolt…


Posted by Chris Albury on October 3, 2015 at 15:00

Digital resource: Aperture magazine goes online

The Aperture Digital Archive is a fully searchable online resource containing every issue of Aperture magazine since its founding in 1952. Users will be able to access all 220 issues of the magazine from their desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

“Aperture is a document of great artistic, cultural, and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2015 at 9:43


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