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 now almost 4000 members, in addition to regular readers. These 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, reviews and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia.

A summary of the previous week's posts is usually emailed to signed up readers each Monday. 

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: In Search of the Blue Flower

In Search of the Blue Flower celebrates the life and work of photographer Alexander Hamilton. It presents his early formative years, sharing the way his engagement with the cyanotype process has informed his art practice, from his time at Edinburgh College of Art, to his program of exhibitions and residencies, through to his work within the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2023 at 14:42

Event: In Conversation: The Sea Horizon / Cardiff, 17 June 2023

Hear artist Garry Fabian Miller in conversation with Martin Barnes (Senior Curator of Photography, V&A) and Bronwen Colquhoun (Senior Curator of Photography, Amgueddfa Cymru) about his life, practice and collaborations. This event has been programmed in conjunction with the exhibition …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2023 at 10:02

Review: A New Power and Bright Sparks

Art Monthly Australasia carries a review by Elisa deCourcy of the Bodleian Libraries' exhibitions A New Power and Bright Sparks. The latter remains on view until 18 June 2023. 

See: Art Monthly Australasia, Winter 2023, Issue 336.  …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2023 at 9:52

UK Photography collections and the V&A Centre

A couple of recent articles are worth sharing. In the May Apollo magazine Diane Smyth poses the question 'Do photography collections in the UK need more focus?' and compares the opening of the new V&A Photography Centre with the closure of Newcastle's Side Gallery and takes in the Bodleian Libraries and changes - openings and closures - to other…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2023 at 9:37

Conference: Photography in its Environment, last chance to register

The programmes are printed and we're looking forward to another exciting conference, Photography in its Environment!. Recent challenges such as the climate crisis have pushed the field to consider how photography shapes and is shaped by the environment. From the mining of natural resources to the effects of mass…


Posted by Kelley Wilder on June 2, 2023 at 17:30

Exhibition: Victorian Virtual Reality / Compton: 4 July 2023-25 February 2024

For the first time at Watts Gallery, discover an exhibition dedicated to a 19th century craze that saw the birth of 3D images. Victorian Virtual Reality: Photographs from the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy will present highlights from the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy to explore the 19th-century photography craze that, for the first time,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 31, 2023 at 8:00

Stereoscopic views of Great Yarmouth by amateur photographer Robert Thornton Brain

Robert Thornton Brain was a retired Inland Revenue Officer in 1891 when he began taking stereoviews of Great Yarmouth and beyond.  His stereoscopic photographs were usually given a serial number and a date, along with a brief description of the subject. He also included some technical details such as the exposure time, aperture and the manufacturer of the…


Posted by Paul Godfrey on May 29, 2023 at 16:00

National Creativity Day creating Wales' largest cyanotype

Tuesday 30 May is National Creativity Day, and Newport's creative arts department in Coleg Gwent will be celebrating this by creating Wales’ largest cyanotype. This Welsh record-breaking cyanotype will be made in Waunfawr Park, Newport, opposite Crosskeys Campus, on Tuesday 30th May at midday and everyone is welcome to be involved. 

The cyanotype…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2023 at 15:39


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