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



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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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Symposium: The Daguerreotype / 8-9 October 2015

Bry-sur-Marne, France, the birthplace of Louis Daguerre, which has done much to reclaim his legacy in recent  years, will be the venue for The Daguerreotype Symposium organised Daguerreobase in collaboration with…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2015 at 10:30

Call for Applications: The Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History 2015

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its MA in Photographic History. The Fellowship 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 Wilson Fellowship, please submit…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 3, 2015 at 19:26

EXCLUSIVE: The Damned Leaf live from Professor Larry Schaaf

Regular BPH readers will be aware of the general story of the Quillan Leaf. Some of you may have attended the recent Rethinking Early Photography conference at the University of Lincoln where Professor Larry Schaaf, gave a…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 2, 2015 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Internship: Curatorial Intern (Photographs)

The Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle, is offering a paid curatorial internship in the photographs department. The aim is to encourage the successful applicant to gain new skills and the opportunity to develop knowledge of one of the world's largest art collections. 

About the role

From 1840s…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2015 at 15:03

Exhibition: Philip Jones Griffiths - A Welsh Focus on War and Peace

Saturday June 27th saw the opening of a retrospective exhibition in the Gregynog Gallery, National Library of Wales featuring photographs and material from the archive of Philip Jones Griffiths. Best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War and its aftermath he also served as President of Magnum from 1980 to 1985. His archive is now lodged at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. On…


Posted by Will Troughton on June 30, 2015 at 12:00

Exhibition and Publication: Looking at Architecture. Monumental Photography in the XIX Century

Biblioteca Nacional de España has organised an exhibition curated by Helena Pérez Gallardo, Delfín Rodríguez Ruiz titled Looking at Architecture. Monumental Photography in the XIX Century. It runs from 3 July-4 October 2015 in Madrid at the Biblioteca Nacional de España.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 20:46

Events: Photography: A Victorian Sensation

Edinburgh International Book Festival is presenting Alison Morrison-Low and Sara Stevenson, curators of the National Museums of Scotland major exhibition (and associated publication) Photography: A Victorian Sensiation at a special event on 18 August. In an age where we are all happy snappers, we forget…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 20:00

Historic Logie Baird archive may leave UK

A treasure trove of materials relating to John Logie Baird’s first-ever transmission of trans-Atlantic television pictures is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer can be found to match the £78,750 asking price. In order to provide a last chance to keep the archive in the UK, Culture Minister Ed…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 13:30


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