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Roger Mead commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Digital: British Journal of Photography 1854-
"Hello Rob,  Thanks for your reply. The period that I am researching is up to 1915 specifically Houghtons up until the merger with Butchers. I had not seen your previous post and am not quite sure how to find it however that will be my task for…"
Rob Whalley commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Digital: British Journal of Photography 1854-
"Hi Roger, I have heard nothing either. What time period are you looking at? You might also want to look at another discussion in the Forum, last July, on  BJP and the missing years and more if you have not seen my post on that. Regards Rob"
Jan 16
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Job: Cataloguer - Photography Collections / closes 2 February 2020

The National Trust photography collections include around 550,000 objects located at 250 properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Dating from the 1840s through to today, they include prints, albums, cased objects, negatives, slides and photographic equipment. The in-situ nature of the collections sets them apart in the UK, offering rich opportunities to explore…See More
Jan 15
Roger Mead commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Digital: British Journal of Photography 1854-
"Hello, I am wondering what the current situation is here . I have found some back issues on line but they all have the advertisements stripped out which are an important aspect of the research that I am currently undertaking. Any advice would be…"
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Job: Research Assistant - History of Photography / closes 27 January 2020

You will work as a research assistant on a Paul Mellon funded project conducted by the National Trust and the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.  Your primary role will responsibility for co-ordinating a number of workshops involving academics and museum professionals, which are intended to explore approaches to the extensive photographic…See More
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Conference: Capital/ Consumerism/Culture / Cardiff: 24 January 2020

In response to the exhibitions presented in the Photography Season at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, this conference will address the politics of photography in terms of its relationship to consumerism, capital and culture. The conference will include…See More
Jan 7

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BREAKING NEWS: Dr Kelley Wilder awarded Professorship in Photographic History

Dr Kelley Wilder, Director of the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University has been awarded a Professorship in Photographic History at the same university. Details of her inaugural lecture will be announced in due course.

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Posted on January 20, 2020 at 13:00

Fair: Classic Photograph Fair / London: 16 May 2020

A new photography fair which will be held during Photo London has been announced. The Classic Photograph Fair London will offer a wide range of images from early paper negatives and daguerreotypes to press photographs documenting the stormy 1960s.  

The fair will take place on 16 May 2020 from 0900-1800 at the Arcade, Bush House, 60 Aldwych, London…


Posted on January 20, 2020 at 7:16

Exhibition: Your Stonehenge 150 years of personal photos / until August 2020

A new exhibition at the Stonehenge Visitor’s Center, is celebrating the nation’s memories of visiting the prehistoric site. A 1875 snapshot of Isabel, Maud, and Robert Routh, who made the journey there by horse-drawn carriage was unearthed by descendants of the Rouths in response to English Heritage’s request for family photographs taken at Stonehenge over…


Posted on January 19, 2020 at 8:49

Symposium: Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent / Cambridge: 31 January 2020

Cambridge School of Art has announced a symposium Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent as part of the Stories of Kalingalinga exhibition programme at the Ruskin Gallery. The symposium is designed to trigger conversations between academics, practitioners and students and…


Posted on January 19, 2020 at 8:30

cfp: Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography / deadline, 2 March 2020

Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography is a conference within a conference, hosted by the National Stereoscopic Association at the 46th annual 3D-Con in Tacoma, Washington.

In the last thirty years, scholarship on stereography has moved from the margins to a more central position in the…


Posted on January 18, 2020 at 17:24

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At 15:45 on August 3, 2017, Jack leonard Gordon said…

Don't you take any criticism on board. The present set up casts no credit on this organisation or myself.

It may be that somewhere on this site you have left some helpful instructions.If so I can't see it.

My telephone number is 020 8908 5124.


Jack Gordon

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 PhD, 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. 

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