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



Black British Photographers Pre-1870 2 Replies

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Pemberton Bros, Background painters from Blackpool

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Victorian daylight studios still existing in a recognisable form 2 Replies

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now nearly 3400 active members, in addition to 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, Africa and Asia.

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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Peter E. Palmquist memorial fund for photographic research / call open until 23 November 2020

Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340 articles and was a strong proponent…


Posted by Rebekah Burgess on October 20, 2020 at 13:30

Resource: World's largest photographic archive of sugar-fed young Australians

There are always crumbs of information about photographs to be had in strange places, most recently in an article in the Guardian about this book The Biscuit: the History…


Posted by Joanna Sassoon on October 19, 2020 at 7:30

Online talk: Picturing the West India Regiment 1860-1914 / 19 October 2020

In this talk I will discuss my work to draw to together the disparate photographic archive of the West India Regiments. Scattered across the Atlantic in public and private collections, photographs of the men who formed the first 'official' British Army regiment made up of men of African descent represent the men in contradictory…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2020 at 20:30

Hills and Saunders' Harrow negative archive being part sold off on eBay...but the majority is retained and preserved

A short post on BPH has drawn attention to the current owners of the Hills and Saunders negative archive selling off negatives individually on eBay. The collection is - or was - owned by Pete Boswell who posted on BPH about his acquisition…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2020 at 15:00

Journal: Photographica issue 1 / from September 2020

Photographica is a new French-published magazine which aims to support and show research around the history of photography for university and museum level. It is supported by the Société française de photographie…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 17:12 — 2 Comments

Resource: Photoria - Australian Women Photographers 1850-1950

Photoria is a new resource documenting female photographers and associated trades, working in Australia between 1850 and 1950. It currently has some 400 names with, most likely, more to be discovered and documented. 

See and explore here:…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 16:54

Auction: early experimental camera estimated at £50-70k / 19 November 2020

Flints Auctions is offering an early experimental camera, believed to be c.1840, with an estimate of £50,000-70,000. The camera is made from mahogany, with a simple back retained by a wedge and with a simple lens in a brass mount. The back carries a series of small pinholes, which were presumably from pins used to fix sensitised paper to it (see…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 16:30

Review: Photography of Protest and Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s / Morning Star, 5 October 2020

Great to see my first review in the Morning Star: “Introducing readers to the key movements, exhibitions, institutions & political pressure groups which nourished & funded the photography collectives, this book is a vital & fascinating work of history.” -…


Posted by Noni Stacey on October 16, 2020 at 12:30



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