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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 3800 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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Autograph curator Mussai to move to a new role

Renée Mussai writes to let BPH know that after more than two rewarding decades at Autograph, she is resigning as the organisation’s Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection. 

Rather than simply moving on, she intends to be moving with … and will continue to support Autograph’s mission as a…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2022 at 20:50

PhD studentship: Towards an Inclusive Re/visualisation of Women’s Work‌ / deadline 28 January 2023

This collaborative practice-based project between the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries and the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will use the Museum’s rich collections of industrial photographs and related material in local/regional/national collections to map, reframe, and create innovative visual interpretations that capture the changing…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2022 at 17:00


I am currently working on a major research project concerning Modfot and am looking to make contact with these photographers if possible. If anyone has any contacts please pass them on or let the person know that I am looking to make contact. I am aware that some may longer be with us.

These are the photographers I would like to speak…


Posted by Grant Scott on November 28, 2022 at 12:00 — 4 Comments

Negative restoration – help any one?

I have around 100 large format colour black and white negatives circa late 1950s. I couldn't tell, but they looked like they were in some plastic sleeves that had deteriorated or some plastic coating (that seemed to have a blue tint). The chemicals in the film or the coating could have reacted with each other. Has anyone come across this before? Is there…


Posted by Wolfbait Books on November 27, 2022 at 20:30 — 8 Comments

cfp: Burlington Magazine special issue on photography / deadline 16 January 2023

The Burlington Magazine is seeking submissions of articles for a special issue devoted to photography scheduled for 2023. The Burlington Magazine is the world's leading art periodical and seeks to publish articles on original research, new works and discoveries.

Details on submissions:…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 27, 2022 at 9:44

Publication: What Photographs Do

What are photographs ‘doing’ in museums? Why are some photographs valued and others not? Why are some photographic practices visible and not others? What value systems and hierarchies do they reflect?

What Photographs Do explores how museums are defined through their photographic practices. It focuses not on formal collections of photographs…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2022 at 19:30

Conference: Camera-Centered Histories of Photography / hybrid, 2 December 2022

What does our understanding of photographic technology tell us about photography? This one-day conference interrogates what photo history looks like when we foreground the technology that made the images. The conference will include an array of international speakers, a keynote address by Dr Michael Pritchard, author of A History of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 18:09

Publication: Invisible Light The Remarkable Story of Radiology

The book is a developed history of the radiological sciences – covering the back-story to Röntgen’s discovery, the discovery itself and immediate reception the early days of radiology leading to classical radiology (the pre-digital world). The 1970s as the ‘golden decade’ of radiology will be covered in detail, with the development of CT, MRI and modern…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 10:10


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