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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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Early studio online resource moves

Robert Pols’ Early Photographic Studios website, that is a directory of the photographers of Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk between 1840 and 1916, has now moved to…


Posted by Paul Godfrey on September 29, 2022 at 15:00

cfp: symposium Photography and Memory / deadline 15 October 2022

To be held at Edinburgh Napier University School of Arts and Creative Industries in collaboration with the City Art Centre Edinburgh and The Glasgow School of Art The symposium will take place in Merchiston Campus, Edinburgh Napier…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2022 at 12:03

NS+MM Bradford appoints Sound+Vision gallery designers

Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum has appointed Agents of Change (AOC) to design two new galleries for its Sound and Vision project. AOC will work with the museum’s project team to conceptualise and design the two new galleries, which are hoped to showcase key objects and stories from the museum’s collections of photography, film, television,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2022 at 11:30

Events: Le Prince and forensic photography / October 2022

The RPS Historical Group has a number events both live and online coming up which may be of interest to BPH readers: 

  • 4 October. The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group, in collaboration with Sheffield Museums Trust and Museum Friends, is delighted to invite you to Meet the Author.  Did you know that the first moving…

Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2022 at 11:30

Early photographer Annie Brassey commemorated in Hastings exhibition

Annie Brassey (1839-1887) was a travel writer and collector. Many of the objects that she collected on her travels around the world in the 1870s and 1880s form part of the World Cultures collection here at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. These were donated to Hastings in 1919 along with the Durbar Hall itself, which she had purchased from the Colonial and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2022 at 10:48

Publication: Newbury through the Stereoscope

My new photo history book "Newbury through the Stereoscope" tells the story of the photographers who photographed my hometown of Newbury in 3D between about 1860 and 1905.  From the earliest commercial photographer to a Primitive Methodist minister who was an avid amateur.

The book is a now and then style book which uses 3D anaglyphs to enable 3D…


Posted by Ian Wallace on September 22, 2022 at 14:00

Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship / proposals by 1 November 2022

The Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship is hosted by Durham University and is awarded to early career (post-doctoral) or established scholars. The Mohamed Ali Foundation is a UK charity whose aims include advancing the education of the public in the history of the Islamic World, of Egypt and of the Mohamed Ali Family in particular, especially the period of the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2022 at 21:20

cfp: Archival Absences An Incomplete History of Photography / deadline 20 October 2022

For the second time, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, and Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, invite emerging doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, working in the interdisciplinary field of theory and history of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2022 at 12:17


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