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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now over 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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Studying women photographers from the nineteenth century

The study of women photographers continues to attract new research and the V&A's Parasol and new curatorial post is the latest example from the UK (see BPH last week). Different ways of looking…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 21:07 — 1 Comment

Course: Course: Recontextualising the Archive / weekly from 20 September

This four-week course looks at the role of photography archives in relation to their social, historical and cultural uses. Citing collections within both UK and internationally, each session will…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 20:46

Publication: The Lindsays of Balcarres

The Lindsays of Balcarres began with the rediscovery of some dusty photograph albums at the home of the author’s late father in Fife. The wealth of images within, unexplored for over eighty years, provided the perfect way to present the fascinating untold stories of the family and their lives. From a photography perspective it starts with…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 16:30

Publication: Fleet Street Exposures

This book tells the story of Stephen Markson who rose from messenger boy at The Times to the top of his profession as senior staff photojournalist for that paper. The book tells the stories behind the pictures, images and anecdotes that give a tantalising glimpse of the danger and glamour, tragedy and celebrity, seen through the lens of a talented…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 16:23

Blog: Friese-Greene protofeminist?

Peter Domankiewicz has written a blog in which he suggests, and cites evidence, that William Friese-Greene was a supporter of women's rights. Friese-Greene was active when such issues were very topical and the subject of wide debate and in a lecture he gave to Bath Photographic Society in 1890 he stated: '‘Now the next subject I shall connect with this…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 14:47

Online symposium: Daguerreian Society 2021 / 15-17 October 2021

The 33rd Annual Daguerreian Society symposium will take place from 15-17 October. The event will include a virtual fair featuring 19th and 20th century photographs, books, and ephemera including images from the highest levels of the art to vernacular snapshots, collectible books, historical images, and a broad range of historical photographic material.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 14:00

Publication: The Right Exposure - education for photography at Salisbury 1956-2020

For more than 60 years the Department of Photography and Film at Salisbury provided education for professional photographers and cinematographers. Starting in 1956 with part-time courses at The College of Art it developed to become one of the country’s leading provincial centres.

With over 200 pages of illustrations, stories and a chronological…


Posted by Dr Ian R Smith on September 19, 2021 at 11:30

MFAH acquires Cameron's 'Norman' album

The Museum of Fine Art Houston is the final home for Julia Margaret Cameron's 'Norman' album. The album was the subject of an export licence deferral in 2018 but UK institutions were unable, or unwilling, to match an independent valuation of £3.7 million (see links below) and an export licence was granted. The album had been the subject of an earlier export…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2021 at 9:00


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