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



Has Anyone Seen This Method of Sealing Ambrotypes?

Started by John S. Rochon on Monday.

Scottish Central Belt Photographic Historians

Started by Gordon Christie on Monday.

Brewster type viewer made by Dresden-based German company ICA?

Started by Stephen Michael Barnett on Sunday.

Biographical information on 19th century photographers? 1 Reply

Started by Karin Bareman. Last reply by Michael Pritchard Sep 13.

Royer and Aufiere, Photographers, Cairo 4 Replies

Started by Anna. Last reply by Anna on Monday.

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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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Publication: Secure the Shadow. Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

This new book 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 historians, including collectors, as a reliable and indispensable reference…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2018 at 6:00

Obituary: Bill Buchanan (1932-2018)

The death of Bill Buchanan deprives the history of photography of one of the key figures in the rise of interest in the subject over the last sixty years.

William Menzies Buchanan was born in Trinidad in 1932. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and then taught in Glasgow schools for five years before joining…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 15, 2018 at 17:30

V&A Photography Centre: Spotlight

Photography is under the spotlight as the V&A Museum prepares for the 12 October opening of its new Photography Centre which unites - and shows to the public - the V&A and RPS collections. The Photography Spotlight celebrates the Centre, home to the national collection of the art of photography and shows…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2018 at 18:30

Blake and Edgar of Bedford

I am trying to identify the photographer responsible for a group of pictures in an album dating to the 1860s. They are Exterior and interior views of Russborough House in Ireland. They are likely to have been made by Blake and Edgar of 32 Midland Rd. Bedford as a series of the same images exists in a much smaller format which bears their stamp. They may only be reduced copies made by B&E and the large 10X12 inch prints and album are not identified in any way.

Does anyone know…


Posted by David H Davison on September 13, 2018 at 15:25

Tate Modern appoints Yasufumi Nakamori as Senior Curator International Art (Photography)

Tate Modern has announced the appointment of Dr Yasufumi Nakamori as its new Senior Curator, International Art (Photography). Nakamori will lead on the development of Tate’s collection of photography and on the programme of photography exhibitions and displays. He will take up the post in October…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2018 at 19:30

Information request: Fox Talbot camera shop / Tottenham Court Road

Gray Levett is researching London's camera shops for a future feature in Nikon Owner magazine and is looking for photographs of the exterior of the Fox Talbot shop which stood at 179 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.

If you can help please post the image here and get in touch with Gray on 020 7828 4925 or…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 10:03

Archive: John Vickers theatrical photography / University of Bristol

John Vickers was a theatre photographer of note from the 1930s onwards. A comprehensive archive of documents following Vickers’ career throughout the 1940s and 1950s compliments the London Old Vic collection which is also held at the University of Bristol. Included in the collection are glass plate…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 10:00

Publication: Without a Trace: Manchester and Salford in the 1960s

Shirley Baker started to photograph the streets of Manchester and Salford in the early 1960s when homes were being demolished and communities were being uprooted. 'Whole streets were disappearing and I hoped to capture some trace of everyday life of the people who lived there. I was particularly…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 9:50


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