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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 almost 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

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Events: commemorating John Thomson, photographer

To commemorate the centenary of the death of John Thomson FRGS (1837-1921), the early travel photographer working in China and Asia, and known for his work Street Life in London, and work with the Royal Geographical Society, the RPS (Thomson was also a member) is hosting two free events to commemorate his life and work.

On 14 September 2021…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2021 at 7:30

cfp: Through the Looking-Glass Sesquicentenary conference 2021 / by 15 June 2021

On the occasion of the sesquicentenary of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass in 2021 we will hold a fully-online conference whose focal point will be the Looking-Glass itself. Aiming to explore the significance of the mirror in literature, science, theology, art and other fields, it hopes to explore any facets of this…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 17:03

Archive: BFI National Archive evaluation / closes 29 April 2021

The BFI National Archive was established in 1935 and holds one of the largest and most significant film and television collections in the world. 

It has commissioned The Audience Agency, in partnership with AMION Consulting and Golant Innovation, to carry out an evaluation of the economic, social and cultural impacts of the BFI National…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:53

Exhibition: Homer Sykes Once a Year / St Leonards, from 3 May 2021

Homer Sykes (b.1949) is a celebrated British documentary photographer whose work has been widely exhibited including at the Tate, Arnofini and  V&A. His career includes long term personal projects, many based on the customs and traditions of the British. Homer’s early interest in photography started at school and in 1967 he went to study at The London…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:31

Research: Kodak Harrow factory employees sought

Headstone Manor Museum is looking to document and interview former employees and relatives of employees who worked at Kodak's Harrow factory from 1891-2017. This could cover working life, the social activities to home life. 

The research will form part of the museum collection and some will become part of an upcoming exhibition opening in September…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:00

David Hurn donates from his archive to the MPF collection

David Hurn has donated a significant part of his archive to the Martin Parr Foundation collection. The gifted works include vintage press prints, exhibition prints, book layouts, and a complete set of David Hurn photographs made in Wales. This material joins a number of other David Hurn prints already housed at the Martin Parr Foundation.

Hurn has…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 15:49 — 1 Comment

Event: The centenary of William Friese-Greene / 5 May 2021

The Kennington Bioscope, in conjunction with The Cinema Museum, presents another episode of KBTV, available on YouTube, at the KBTV channel. William Friese-Greene (1855-1921) was a pioneering British experimenter with moving pictures, whose monument…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 15:43

Evening course: Perceptions of Truth in Photography / starts 28 April 2021

Developed by Catlin Langford - Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the V&A, in association with Barbican, this six-week online evening course will provide you with an introduction to the history of photography, focusing on the idea of ‘truth’.

Discover early manipulation techniques, staged scenes, and faked imagery, from fairies to phantoms. Learn…


Posted by Short Courses @ Guildhall School on April 6, 2021 at 16:30


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