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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 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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Exhibition: 50 years, 50 books . Masterpieces from the Martin Parr Library / Arles, until 22 September 2019

This exhibition is dedicated to the collection of photographic works collected by Martin Parr. The photographer, a fervent defender of books, constituted a rich library of more than 12,000 books. Reflecting his particular vision, this colossal collection brings together books of great diversity  collected around the world.

Collaborative project between…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2019 at 12:46

cfp: Ways of Seeing: Women and Photography in Scotland symposium / submission by 11 October 2019

The National Trust for Scotland is pleased to invite papers for the Second Morton Photography Symposium, to be held on Thursday 2 April 2020 at Glasgow Women’s Library, titled 'Ways of Seeing': Women and Photography in Scotland.

The Trust’s major photographic collections feature many women as takers, collectors, preservers or subjects.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2019 at 12:34

Event: Luminous-Lint with Alan Griffiths / Bristol, 6 September

Since it was established Luminous-Lint has become one of the go-to online resources for photographic history bringing together a diverse range of images and texts and presenting them through curated content.  

Photohistory is a complex blending of biographical,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2019 at 12:25

John Thomson's grave restored

The restoration of the grave of John Thomson, one of the earliest photographers working in China and the Far East was commemorated today in front of an audience of twenty-five people.

The location of Thomson's grave was previously unknown until it was tracked down by photographic historian Terry Bennett and a crowdfunding campaign, led by Betty Yao…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2019 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Event: Historical View of the Moon / Bristol: 18 July 2019

The Moon has always inspired photographers, from Bond and Whipple’s first daguerreotype exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851 to the work of James Nasmyth and James Carpenter, who frustrated by the technical difficulties of photographing the moon with wet collodion plates resorted to building large scale plaster models, which were lit for dramatic…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2019 at 16:46

Event: John Thomson to be honoured on 13 July 2019

One of the earliest travel photographers in Asia, John Thomson, who travelled extensively across China, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, in the 1860s and early 1870s, is being honoured at a ceremony on Saturday, 13 July 2019 which will celebrate his newly restored grave.

Thomson photographed the people, landscapes and monuments across a large part of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 10, 2019 at 18:30

Was Roger Fenton in a James Robertson/Felice Beato Photograph taken outside British Army Headquarters in the Crimea?

A photograph taken by James Robertson or his assistant Felice Beato entitled Head…


Posted by David Robert Jones on July 1, 2019 at 5:30 — 2 Comments

cfp: Photography in Asia / proposal deadline 5 August 2019

Photographies journal has announced its second conference, which will be hosted in Singapore in January 2020. The two-day international event will bring together scholars, photographers, artists, curators, and critics to consider the rapid growth of photography in Asia and its impact in a global and international…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2019 at 18:18


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