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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 2500 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 (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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Online Course: Stereoscopy: an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians when they first appeared at 1851s This free online course, which starts 1 August, will examine the rise of stereo photography and the work of two pioneering photographers – the Scotsman, George Washington Wilson, and the…

Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 28, 2016 at 19:59

Happy Birthday John Arthur Roebuck Rudge!

Today is the 179th anniversary celebrating the birth of the early pioneer of 'moving pictures', John Arthur Roebuck Rudge.…


Posted by Alexia Lazou on July 26, 2016 at 12:30

Sarah Angelina Acland honoured

Sarah Angelina Acland, the pioneer colour photographer, was honoured yesterday with a blue plaque on the property at 10 Park Town, Oxford, where she was living at her death. The plaque was initiated by the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board and was supported by the Royal Photographic Society, Giles Hudson and others.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2016 at 7:30

Exhibition: The Camera Exposed at the V&A

This summer the V&A will present a display of over 120 photographs that explore the camera as subject. People are taking more photographs today than ever before, but as they increasingly rely on smartphones, the traditional device is disappearing from sight. 

The Camera…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2016 at 10:30

Vernon Heath Photograph

I have this Vernon Heath albumen photograph in my possession that I purchased about seven years ago here in New England. It's in its original frame and the photograph itself measures 19 1/4" h x 26 1/4"w. It's possible that this example is an enlargement from a smaller glass negative as I'm aware of…


Posted by John Minichiello on July 21, 2016 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

St Andrews Photography Festival programme - download the brochure

The full programme for the St Andrews Photography Festival, Celebrating 175 years of Scottish Photography in the home of Scottish Photography, which takes place from 1 August-11 September can now be…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2016 at 20:30

Early Photos of the Houses of Parliament

I'm working on a project with the architectural historian, David Blissett, who is currently writing a biography of the English Victorian architect Charles Barry.  Barry designed the Houses of Parliament in London and David is trying to locate any early photos of the Houses of Parliament (i.e. under construction…


Posted by Pete James on July 17, 2016 at 11:30 — 8 Comments

Earliest Kodak film acquired

The George Eastman Museum recently purchased the only known box of Kodak Film for use in the Kodak camera (sometimes called American Film), introduced by the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company in 1888, and one of only three known boxes of Kodak…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2016 at 17:30


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