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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 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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Prince Albert: his life and legacy project concludes

The Royal Collection Trust's Prince Albert project has come to an end and is now fully live and accessible. Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy makes freely available a total of 22,000 archival documents, prints and photographs from the Royal Archives, the Royal Collection and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. 

The latest additions…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 27, 2021 at 6:00 — 2 Comments

Online talk: The Francis Bedford Research Collection / 30 September 2021

Ryerson Image Centre is hosting a noon time collection talk with Steven Evans who will discuss the Francis Bedford Research Collection. Steven Evans is a Toronto-based photographer and collector who has focused on architecture and the urban environment for over 40 years. Evans graduated from Ryerson University’s Media Studies program in 1982 and as a…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2021 at 21:17

Blog: Bill Jay and Tony Ray-Jones in New York

Grant Scott, who has done so much with his film Do not bend: The photographic Life of Bill Jay to remind us of the seminal role played by Jay in British photography from the late 1960s to mid-1970s, has made a new discovery. He has located Jay's contact sheets from a trip he made with Tony Ray-Jones to New York in 1968 hidden in a plastic box in a…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2021 at 10:30

Obituary: Peter Bunnell (1937-2021)

Peter C. Bunnell, whose passionate and inspired teaching profoundly changed the field of photographic history, passed away at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Monday, 20 September 2021. As the inaugural David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University, a position he accepted in 1972 and held for 30 years…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:26

Online conference: Photographic Digital Heritage: Institutions, Communities and The Political / 19-20 October 2021

Photographic Digital Heritage: Institutions, Communities and The Political intends to explore how uses of digital technology, and digitisation in particular, have transformed the ways in which historical photographs of value to perceived inherited cultural legacies are collected, deployed and identified as such. It will specifically investigate what has…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:18

Auction: Illustrations of China and its People / 30 September 2021

Forum Auctions, London, is offering a copy of John Thomson's Illustrations of China and its People which dates from 1873-74. The volumes include 96 photographic plates. The lot is estimated at £15,000-20,000. …

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:00

Online: Colour Fever - Celebrating colour photography / 25 October-5 November 2021

Colour Fever is a two-week celebration of colour photography. Through a series of online talks and ‘in conversations’, it will consider a range of processes, exhibitions, inventors and artists, spanning the nineteenth century to the present day. Hear from photographers, artists, academics, curators and researchers working with colour photography, historically…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 19:30

Blog: The Kodak Panoram: an inspiring camera for artists and photojournalists alike

In its development the panoramic photograph was to exceed the limits of the human field of vision to encompass what we can only see by turning on our heads; could it make art? In addition to a blog post discussing the creative and documentary scope of…

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Posted by James McArdle on September 25, 2021 at 6:00

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