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

Blog Posts

Happy Birthday William Friese-Greene!

As part of the Brighton programme in this year's Scalarama Film Festival The Luxbry celebrates the 160…


Posted by Alexia Lazou on July 28, 2015 at 3:00

Talk: Photography, Theory and Practice: British Photography Education After 1960

As the cradle for both global and domestic photographic talents, Britain has always been a frontier in British photography education, which keeps focusing on the critical thinking and creativity in their students under the principle of interdisciplinary speculative knowledge. Graduates from such education usually impress…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 27, 2015 at 7:30

Getty Aquires early British and French photography

The J. Paul Getty Museum has announced the acquisition of thirty-nine French and British photographs from the 1840s through 1860s, representing some of the most impressive architectural and landscape prints and negatives produced in photography’s early years. The works were acquired from Jay McDonald, a Santa…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 27, 2015 at 7:00

Jobs: PhotoLondon

There's just over one week left to apply for two roles available with Candlestar and Photo London. Candlestar which manages the Prix Pictet Prize and PhotoLondon is seeking to appoint two individuals to important senior roles.

The first is for a Project Manager for Prix Pictet and the second will join the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2015 at 10:41

Symposium: Beyond Vision: Art, Photography and Science / 12 September 2015

Early scientific ‘photographs of the invisible’ — from x-ray to photomicrography, motion studies to pictures of electrical charges — have had a profound effect on the development of modern and contemporary art.  Bringing together world-renowned artists, curators and academics, and coinciding with the final days of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2015 at 12:46

Images wanted of 'Abused Tintypes'.

Hello, I am writing an article on what I am calling the 'Abused Tintype' - short bit of explanatory blurb below:

"The Abused Tintype: The Tintype was a form of early photography that was extremely popular in the mid nineteenth century. It was cheap to produce and versatile enough to be sent in…


Posted by Gavin Maitland on July 21, 2015 at 16:00 — 4 Comments

Professor Elizabeth Edwards honoured

Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Professor of Photographic History, Director of Photographic History Research Centre, at De Montfort University, Leicester, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA). The honour is given in recognition of outstanding research and it is the first time…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2015 at 6:37

cfp: Archiving 2016 conference

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together an international community of imaging experts and technicians as well as curators, managers, and researchers from libraries, archives, museums, records management repositories, information technology institutions, and commercial enterprises to…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 20, 2015 at 15:46 — 3 Comments


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