British photographic history

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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 almost 3200 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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cfp: Out of the studio. Photographers and mobile studios / deadline 15 February 2020

Numerous references to travelling photographers and mobile studios are sprinkled throughout the literature dedicated to photography. Robert Taft refers to photographic studios on board ships that sailed American rivers in his book Photography and the American Scene (Taft, 1938, p. 65-67). He recounts an undated anecdote about a confrontation…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2019 at 8:23

Obituary: William 'Bill' Barnes (1920-2019)

BPH has just learnt of the death of Bill Barnes, the film history and collector who died in July at the age of 99 years. Barnes, along with his twin brother John, who died in 2008, was a collector and historian of early British cinema. For a time their outstanding collection was on display as as the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in St Ives. John managed the…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2019 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Two exhibitions from the Mackinnon Collection / Edinburgh, until 16 February 2020

Just over a year since its acquisition, a taster of the vast MacKinnon Collection will be exhibited at the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG). The two institutions joined forces to purchase the collection — made up of more than 14,000 photographs dating from the 1840s to the mid-20th century in Scotland — in May…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2019 at 15:36

CfP: Teaching science with light projection: regimes of vision in the classroom, 1880-1940 / Bologna, 31 August-3 September 2020.

In the early 19th century, the ideas of reform pedagogues such as Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) gave rise to a didactic turn towards the visual that criticized an exclusive textual mediation of knowledge through books and lectures (Depaepe 1999). The pedagogues and policymakers who strove for a more…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 30, 2019 at 8:00

Cambridge Cultural Heritage Data School / 16-20 March 2020

Hi, Thought this might be of interest to some of those interested in studying photo archives! Following the successful pilot of the Cambridge Data School in 2019, CDH is pleased to announce that it is extending its training in Digital Methods in an effort to meet the growing demand across academia, civil society, the public sector and industry. During the…

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Posted by Andy Corrigan on November 28, 2019 at 11:30

Source Magazine #99 - Autumn 2019

The current issue of Source magazine has a number of articles of interest to British photographic history. Sarah Macdonald, Heritage Collections Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society, looks at the RHS's photography collections. It includes over 400 cartes of horticulturalists.

Elsewhere, Richard West provides a useful overview…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2019 at 20:00

Photography Research Fellowships at the Rijksmuseum

Hans Rooseboom writes... On behalf of Mattie Boom I would like to bring your attention to our current research opportunities within the …

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2019 at 19:27

Forgotten cache of RNLI pictures re-discovered

A forgotten cache of 13,000 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) pictures has been rediscovered in an attic and is being "preserved for posterity". The photos were found earlier this year in a large dusty pile in the organisation's headquarters in Poole, Dorset. Work has been started to preserve the pictures, the earliest of which are from the 1920s,…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2019 at 19:19

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