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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 over 3600 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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Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2022 - Call for submissions / closes 28 February 2022

The annual Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing. They recognise individuals who have made an outstanding or original contribution to the literature of, or concerning the art and practice of, photography or the moving image. Two winning titles are selected: one in the field of photography and one in the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 28, 2021 at 10:06

cfp: Photography and its Institutions: Networks, Collections, Archives, Museums / by 10 January 2022

A conference based upon the research project “Forms and Formats of Photography’s Institutionalisation” at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI), will take place on Thursday and Friday, 23/24 June 2022, organised by Anja Schürmann (KWI Essen) and Kathrin Yacavone (University of Cologne). A call for papers has been issued…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 28, 2021 at 10:00

Job: Curatorial and Archive Coordinator / closes 10 December 2021

Four Corners seeks a Curatorial and Archive Coordinator to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to work on Four Corners' public exhibition and archive programmes. Four Corners is a centre for film and photographic arts, based in East London for over 40 years. Our Gallery and Archive programmes engage audiences with issues emerging from radical…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 28, 2021 at 9:50

Exhibition: In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland 1839 to the Present / Dublin, until 6 February 2022

In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland 1839 to the Present presents the first comprehensive historical and critical survey of photography from across the island of Ireland. This landmark centenary exhibition charts how the medium has both reflected and shaped Irish cultural identity, from the work of the earliest photographic pioneers up to the…


Posted by William Fagan on November 25, 2021 at 17:00

Courses: The Centre for Photographic Conservation’s – Professional development courses programme in 2022

The Centre has for over 40 years responded to the needs of fellow professionals offering a programme of courses and workshops on aspects of the preservation and conservation of historic photographs. The Centre will offer a limited programme in the Spring of 2022.

From November 2021 in conjunction with Conserve Photography…


Posted by Ian L Moor on November 25, 2021 at 14:30

Rick Findler Afghanistan images chosen for In Between Gallery, Brighton

Fabrica gallery, in partnership with Spectrum Photographic, Loupe Magazine and Photo Fringe are pleased to announce that a new photographic image highlighting the current turmoil in Afghanistan by Rick Findler has been chosen for the In Between Gallery. This work will sit in Fabrica’s large window space, which shows contemporary photography in the heart of…


Posted by Nicola Jeffs on November 25, 2021 at 10:30

Auction: 19th & 20th Century Photographs Auction / London: 1 December 2021

Chiswick Auctions will feature some very interesting 19th-century photography in its upcoming 19th & 20th Century Photographs sale, kicking off with 50 cased images, and then moving into early paper photographs, including a rare and early salt paper calotype photograph dating from 1858 of eminent female photographer Julia Margaret-Cameron.…


Posted by Austin James Farahar on November 23, 2021 at 9:00

Publication: Italian Neorealist Photography - Its Legacy and Aftermath

Antonella Russo provides an incisive examination of Neorealist photography, delineates its periodization, traces its instances and its progressive popularization and subsequent co-optation that occurred with the advent of the industrialization of photographic magazines. This volume examines the ethno(photo)graphic missions of Ernesto De Martino in the deep…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2021 at 16:00


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