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 now almost 3000 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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Conference: Stereo Photography: Images, Inventions and Advancements / 18-19 October

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on Stereo Photography from 18-19 October, 2018 in conjunction with the St Andrews Photography Festival 2018: (Stereo)Views of Scotland.

The topics are broad reaching and will cover both the historic as well as the…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2018 at 20:40

Job: Archive and Library Manager / NS+MM, Bradford

At the National Science and Media Museum, Insight is our unique collections facility, a 'treasure-trove' of over 26,000 library, archive and image collections. As a large, informal, learning centrethat is truly open to all, our…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2018 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Auction: Mervyn Heard magic lantern collection / 17 July 2018

Special Auction Services auction of Fine Photographica on 17 July includes the Mervyn Heard collection of magic lantern slides, optical toys and stereoscopy.Also included are photographs and cameras.  A respected collector and scholar of the popular visual culture and and the lantern Heard died last year.

The…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2018 at 6:26 — 3 Comments

Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / closes 23 July 2018

We are seeking an Assistant Curator to work in the Word & Image Department for 12 months. You will have responsibility for assisting with projects connected to the museum’s important and growing collection of fashion photographs. As a member of a curatorial team, an Assistant Curator provides curatorial…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2018 at 6:08

Help identify the subject of this Maull & Polyblank photo

Hello, I am looking for help in identifying this rather artistic looking man. Maull & Polyblank Albumen print. Circa 1855-8

I have searched the National Portrait Gallery, The Science Museum, The Getty, The Met collection, etc. , to no avail.

There doesn't seem to be a complete…

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Posted by David McGreevy on July 11, 2018 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Free eprints: 'Cyclo-Photographers', Visual Modernity and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s-1890s

50 free eprints of my article "'Cyclo-Photographers', Visual Modernity and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s-1890s", recently published in the journal History of Photography (42:1), for anyone who may be interested but doesn't have access to a subscribing library:…

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Posted by Sara Dominici on July 9, 2018 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

New Exhibition: Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection, Hepworth Wakefield

We are delighted that the Hepworth Wakefield (Museum of the Year 2017) have curated an exhibition from photographs in the Hyman Collection.

Hepworth Wakefield Press Release:

'From the deep indigo and black scarlets of the industrial heart we sailed through the unimaginable beauty of unspoiled countryside.…

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Posted by James Hyman on July 9, 2018 at 8:00

Publication: Secure the Shadow. Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

This new publication by Robin Ansell, Allan Collier and Phil Nichols is not just a dating guide to old photographs, but is also a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. It will appeal to family, local, social and photographic…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 17:56 — 1 Comment

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