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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now nearly 4100 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

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This conference explores the multifaceted history and cultural significance of flash photography. Flash, introduced in the 1860s, has played a crucial role in photography, making previously unseen scenes visible, from the nocturnal lives of animals to the bustling nights of New York City. There is a keynote presentation from Dr Sara Dominici. 

This conference aims to move beyond a purely technical narrative of flash as merely a tool for overcoming darkness. Instead, it seeks to…

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The Lens Media Lab at Yale's Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage invites you to its symposium DARKROOM TO DATA, to be held in New Haven on August 12, 2024. The program will feature the lab's research into the material history of black and white photography and will highlight our principal collaborations among leading collections. The theme of this work is 'seeing at scale' through the creation and interpretation of datasets…

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Opening next month, I Am Who I Am Now: Selections from the Bengali Photo Archive offers a unique insight into the everyday life of the Bengali East End of London.  The exhibition focuses on vernacular photographs taken of and by Bengali people over the past 50 years. Accompanied by oral histories and collaboratively produced archival interpretations, it offers a powerful and intimate perspective on the community's histories. From the microcosms of the family to the transformative…

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Project Placement opportunity to help with getting Leeds Historic Photographs online. ​The project will involve preparing Leeds Museums’ historic photograph and local history image collections for export to the Leodis website (https://www.leodis.net/). ​

This will include research and identifying content, and cross-checking with images on Leodis to identify images which would be suitable. The project provides valuable experience…

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I have created WIkipedia article on Edwin Dalton who was a portrait painter and photographer active in England and Australia from 1818 to 1865. Edwin (Edward) Dalton exhibited at the London Royal Academy between 1818 and 1844, and received the Society of Arts' silver palette in 1824. In either 1841 or 1842 he married Magdalena (née Ross). She was the sister of William Ross, one of Queen Victoria's favourite portrait painters, and one of England's last great miniature painters. Initially…

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12645870493?profile=RESIZE_400x This is an externally funded Fellowship sitting in the Photography Section of AAPD.  The purpose of the Curatorial Fellowship is to further develop expertise in the history of photography by researching the collections of the V&A, while gaining vital curatorial experience working in a museum.  The Curatorial Fellow will divide their time between key curatorial duties (including…

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After over thirty years of collecting stereoscopic photos, I decided to create an online database documenting my holdings, which I hope will be of interest to fellow collectors and photo historians. As an initial offering you will find the work of the Genre specialists of the 1850s and 60s: James Elliott, Alfred Silvester, C.E.Goodman, J.Reynolds, Toby, Henri Lefort, James Eastlake, Samuel Poulton, The Gaudin Brothers, Michael Burr, along with Still Life and Group Studies by William England…

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Tony Maskill


Hello, I am a curator at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. We are seeking to make contact with photographer Tony Maskill, b. 1948 in Manchester, England. Tony migrated to Australia by 1967 and studied photography at the Prahran College of Advanced Education, Melbourne, Victoria. I am not sure if he is still in Australia. Any information much appreciated! All best, Antares

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