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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 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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Yale Center for British Art receives major gift from Claire and James Hyman

The Yale Center for British Art Significantly Expands Its Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Photographs with a Major Gift from the…


Posted by James Hyman on January 17, 2018 at 15:00

Auction: George Stacey Abolitionist newly discovered collection of Daguerreotypes/Ambrotypes / 21 February 2018

Following on from the sale of the Dr Swaine Taylor daguerreotypes last month another interesting collection has surfaced in East Anglia. From a deceased estate and held in storage for the last 40 years or so a group of 20 portraits of the Stacey family by Claudet/Le Beau/Beard/Kilburn/Mayall etc. is to be sold by Cheffins Auctioneers in Cambridge on February 21.

George Stacey (1787-1857) English Quaker and Anti-Slavery Campaigner appears in several of the 12 daguerreotypes, either…


Posted by Roger John Evans on January 10, 2018 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Membership of the Photographic Collections Network is now OPEN!

Looking for development opportunities and support in 2018? Membership of the Photographic Collections Network is now OPEN!. Join us to support our work, receive access to specialist events, opportunities and…


Posted by Maura McKee on January 10, 2018 at 15:30

A J. T. Chapman 'British' 15 x 12" camera of c1888

This is the start of a series about restoring and photographing with a nineteenth-century stand camera - and the outcomes of the experience. The story began in 2010 when I was given a 15” x 12” Victorian camera, with the words “who knows, you might be able to get it working again.”  It was a generous gift and I…


Posted by Tom Evans on January 9, 2018 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Fair: The British Are Coming - Classic Photographs / Los Angeles, 2-4 February 2018

L. Parker Stephenson Photographs will present a selection of British Photography at Classic Photographs Los Angeles, featuring gallery artists John Davies and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, and work by Paul Hill, Chris Killip, and Marketa Luskacova.

In addition the Gallery will show work by Kikuji Kawada,…


Posted by Bernard Yenelouis on January 5, 2018 at 18:00

Exhibition: John Davies - The British Landscape, until 17 February, 2018

L. Parker Stephenson Photographs celebrates its representation of John Davies (b. 1949) with the first solo exhibition of his work in the United States. Nominated for the Deutsche Börse prize in 2008, Davies is best known for his 1980s photographs documenting the broad, complex and…


Posted by Bernard Yenelouis on January 5, 2018 at 17:30

125th Anniversary of The Stereoscopic Society

Happy New Year. 2018 is the 125th Anniversary of The Stereoscopic Society. Founded in 1893 to promote 3D Photography it continues to support all aspects of 3D Imaging, with regular monthly meetings in London and Coventry. …


Posted by Andrew Hurst on January 1, 2018 at 20:00

Exhibition: John Thomson and his photography in Asia / from 13 April 2018

The first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia will be shown from 12 April-22 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 5:36 — 2 Comments


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