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 over 2500 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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Research: A Hill and Adamson connection?

Hello, I am seeking any information about these 3 Scottish photos,  The seller states that they "came with a group of later prints from original negatives by Hill and Adamson".

I assume those came from Thomas Annan.

Does anyone recognize these fine people?

Many thanks, David…


Posted by David McGreevy on July 18, 2017 at 20:30

Exhibition: Camera, Obscured. The fine art photography of Paul Laib / from 26 July

Paul Laib moved to London from Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century. For fifty years he worked as a fine art photographer from his studio in South Kensington, hired by artists to document their work. Using archive materials and pieces from the De Laszlo collection of Paul Laib negatives, this exhibition…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2017 at 8:42

eBook: A Higher Branch of the Art

Anthony Hamber's long out-of-print book 'A Higher Branch of the Art' (1996) which has been long out of print and rarely available on the secondhand market has been made available as a download by the author at The book can be downloaded here: …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2017 at 18:46

Download: The Other Observers. Women in Photography in Britain 1900 to the Present

Women in Photography the Other Observers was commissioned in 1984 by the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. Val Williams researched into the history of women in photography, resulting in a book, a TV…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 21:08

Exhibition: Illuminating India: Photography 1857–2017 / from 4 October 2017

As part of the Science Museum's Illuminating India season a new exhibition Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017, will be an ambitious and unprecedented survey of the technological and cultural development of the medium in India, examining photography’s changing role in charting the recent history…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection / from 30 September 2017

This exhibition, which mirrors, but is not the same as, the standout exhibition at PhotoLondon in May (seen below), celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s first gallery dedicated to…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 17:00

Conservation: The Sutton Collection

BPH has covered the work on the Sutton Collection in the past. There is a recent blog posting by Sarah Allen who looks at the conservation work being undertaken on the negatives in the collection. 

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 16:49 — 1 Comment

Auction: two WW1 hospital autochromes / 13 July 2017 (UPDATED)

Special Auction Services's Fine Photographica auction includes two half-plate autochrome images showing First Eastern General Hospital on The Backs in Cambridge, c1914-15.  The auction takes place on 13 July 2017 at Newbury or online at 

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2017 at 21:30


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