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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Erddig - The 1852 Servants Photograph

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now almost 3000 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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Auction: Unseen photography by Francis Bruguière / London: 19 March 2019

Chiswick Auctions is delighted to have been appointed to sell an important private collection of photographic works by one of the most important photographers in the development of photography, Francis Bruguière (1879-1945).  Works include unseen and unpublished photographic prints and negatives spanning the ground-breaking photographer’s career. They will be…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2019 at 19:38

Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s

Can anyone help me identify this late 1850's Grenadier Guards albumen print? I am interested in finding out which battalion or regiment, and the location of this 'Guard House'.

Many…

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Posted by David McGreevy on February 18, 2019 at 22:00

Publication: Everyone a Photographer. The rise of amateur photography in the Netherlands 1880-1940

This new book accompanies an exhibition of the same title which opened at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, on 14 February. Researched and written by curator Mattie Boom the book describes and illustrates…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2019 at 15:30

Exhibition: The Origin of Photography: Great Britain / Tokyo, from 5 March 2019

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, which fills the role of Japan’s main photographic cultural centre, holds an exhibition every spring focusing on early photographs and this year, 2019, it will present The Origin of Photography: Great Britain exhibition.

Research into methods of photography began in the latter part of the 18th…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2019 at 11:00

Impact Photos picture agency and library

Impact Photos agency and library which formed in the early 1980s has closed. Impact, as co-founder Philippe Achache put it so succinctly is ‘Pactin’…and is now in hundreds of cardboard boxes in a lock up garage in Queens park NW London awaiting collection by the nearly 400 contributing photographers from over the past 40 years.

The…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2019 at 10:19

Exhibition: Photobook Belge / from 1 March 2019

FoMu Antwerp is showing an exhibition devoted to the Belgium photobook from 1 March-6 October 2019.  Photobooks have been one of the most effective means of expression for photographers since photography began.They remain in circulation, are portable and can be reissued, thus reaching a larger public than an exhibition ever could. To date, hardly any research…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2019 at 9:45

Event: Victorian Photographers in Highgate Cemetery / London: 21 February 2019

Stephen Furniss will talk about Victorian photography in general, but concentrate on the many Victorian photographers who are buried in Highgate Cemetery. Some of these were instrumental in making photography accessible and hugely

popular. Among those included in the talk will be Antoine Claudet, who was a leading expert in the Daguerrotype process and…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 16, 2019 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Research request: Watkins & Hill: stereo daguerreotype of Wellington

Where can I find more information about 'Watkins & Hill', Opticians from London. I bought a stereo daguerreotype from them, depicting the 1st duke of Wellington. Were they photographers? Or only resellers? 

In my current library I can't find much... So I would like to learn more! 

Feel free to post here or private:…

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Posted by Wouter Lambrechts on February 13, 2019 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

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