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Ian Wallace commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post NMSM: £140,000 and two words
"Considering the museum was threatened with closure this may be an expensive mixed message.  What exactly will they hold if future?  I was keen we did not loose this museum and would have more support for the "The Sound and Vision…"
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Do UK museums take photography seriously?
"I have some sense about British Museums, but more of those in the U.S. There may be some historic anxiety among curators as to whether photography is an art or not over its technological basis, and we can add as the article points out, a…"
Alex Boyd commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Do UK museums take photography seriously?
"An excellent article, however it would have been good to perhaps have a less England-centric view of collecting and exhibition. I feel that reaching out to curators north of the border, or how things are done in Wales etc would have made for some…"
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National Museum Wales acquires David Hurn Collection of Photography

Magnum photographer, David Hurn has donated over 2200 photographs from his own work and those he has swapped with other Magnum photographers to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Hurn is one of Britain’s most influential documentary photographers. Of Welsh descent, he lives and works in Wales. His generous gift comprises two…See More
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Do UK museums take photography seriously?

Apollo magazine poses the question do UK museums take photography seriously and provides a useful survey of how photography is looked at in the UK, with comment from Martin Barnes, Colin Ford and Michael Pritchard. The question is contextualised…See More
May 16
Michael Pritchard commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Lunchtime Lecture: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the hidden story behind the iconic image / NPG, London / 20 July
"Yes, the total was reached and the physical restoration is taking place in August. There will be a re-dedication in October. See: All…"
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Carne, Bobbie commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Lunchtime Lecture: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the hidden story behind the iconic image / NPG, London / 20 July
"How did the call for funding for renovation of Robert Howlett Grave go? Amount was reached wasn't it? Are we able to see image of renovated grave?"
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Podcasts: Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography

This major international conference was convened by Geraldine Johnson (University of Oxford), Deborah Schultz (Regent's University London), and Costanza Caraffa (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz—Max-Planck-Institut). It is the sixth in the Photo Archives conference series. This conference…


Posted on May 27, 2017 at 7:18

Workshop: Cyanotypes for young people / 24 June 2017

Drop by the Wellcome Collection and create your own camera-less photo. Use everyday equipment and objects for a modern twist on a traditional imaging process, inspired by our exhibitions ‘Electricity’ and ‘Making Nature’. Led by photographic artist Elaine Duigenan, discover the technique of…


Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:57

Talk: A Perfect Chemistry | Hill and Adamson / 13 June 2017

Only four years after the invention of photography was announced to the world in 1839, two Scots were producing works of breath-taking skill in extraordinary quantities. The current Scottish National Portrait Gallery exhibition A Perfect Chemistry demonstrates the uniquely productive and influential…


Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:36

Royal Geographical Society: film footage

The BBC carries a short film of some of the historical film footage of exploration held in the Royal Geographic Society collection which has been digitised and is being made available on the website

See the film here: …


Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:30

PhotoLondon 2017 a record success

The third edition of Photo London which closed on Sunday 21 May 2017, saw a record 38,000 number of visitors and sales, including major acquisitions by international institutions and significant sales to private collectors. The Fair brought together 89 galleries from 16 countries.…


Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:30

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At 17:46 on April 21, 2017, jack leonard gordon said…

I am upset by the effects of my tiny pictures on my four entries .

Should I withdraw them as a whole and start again?

If so how do cancel anything of my submissions?


Jack Leonard Gordon

At 5:52 on November 15, 2016, Will Allen said…

The International Directory of Photo Historians has settled in a new home with hopes of stability in location, format, and function. The change coincides with the retirement from teaching of William Allen. At one may search the directory, add and edit one's entry, and communicate with other historians. The new directory protects the privacy of contact information (including email addresses) for participants. I hope that you and your colleagues will share this information. 

At 22:41 on January 5, 2016, David McGreevy said…

Dear Michael,

First, let me thank you for the BPH site, it has proven to be an invaluable resource for an American collector of British Photographs, and I have "met" many experienced and generous experts here.

I am however, a bit alarmed, do the "major changes" mentioned in your weekly update indicate that the site will soon be subscription based?  That is certainly the impression I got. It would be such a shame after Luminous Lint changed into a monetized site, rather than an open and free exchange of ideas and knowledge.


David McGreevy

At 11:52 on December 30, 2013, Richard Sambrook said…

Many thanks Michael - I'm delighted to have access to such a great site and resource. Is the Giles Duley talk open to the public? I'd love to come along if so. I am now Professor at the School of Journalism at Cardiff University. Until his recent retirement Daniel Meadows led our work on documentary photography - I'm looking for ways to continue to keep the School actively engaged...Best, Richard

At 19:09 on May 27, 2013, Salvador Tió said…

Dear Mr. Pritchard,

I am looking for information about the beginings of Automat Photography. In particular about the first who was take a British Patent E.J. Ball 16,136. Nov. 23, 1887: Automatic coin-freed apparatus.(“Patents for Inventions vol. II, Abridgments of Specifications, class 98, Photography Great Britain Patent Office, Reprint Edition 1979 Arno Press, A New York Times Company”).

This is all the information that I have about this inventor. I have also a patent from 1900  of the United States and that I believe is attached to the same inventor US657505%5B1%5D.pdf

Do you know more information about this inventor.

Thank you very much.


At 16:05 on September 24, 2012, Tom Ruffles ARPS said…

Thanks for the comment on the Turner post, Michael - I've amended it accordingly.

At 13:33 on July 6, 2012, Tony Hilton said…

Hi Michael,

It was lovely to catch up briefly in May. Sorry it was all so rushed.

You are doing a great job here ... and elsewhere! Well done! Keep it up

Tony Hilton

At 0:59 on May 15, 2012, M C Brown said…

Hallo Michael, Thanks for the regular Newsletter.  Is there any way of recalling earlier versions? A recent issue had a review of the Princeton University book by Roger Taylor on Lewis Carroll and I would be interested in reading it again.  Thanks. 

At 9:19 on October 16, 2011, Richard Brooks said…
Thanks for the suggestions. I succesfully completed the dissertation earlier in the year and I was pleased with the grade and feedback. 

Would you be interested in having a copy of the work? Perhaps I could publish it online if it was felt to be of interest. 
At 9:13 on October 16, 2011, Richard Brooks said…
Belated congratulations on succesfully you phd, sorry only just noticed. 

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