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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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Identification: Arthurian photographs help to ID

Can anyone help me identify these anonymous (but eminently identifiable) albumen prints each approx 4-3/4 x 6-3/8 in? Tempting to read as Pre-Raphaelite, but surely not. Tableaux after Arthurian legend, presumably, but who are the participants, who is the maker, and what is the occasion?…


Posted by P Prodger on May 12, 2021 at 17:00

Information: W E Kilburn - The soldier and the lady on the parterre

Although this blog (see here) has had over 200 hits the main mystery remains . That is how did the most prominent London photographer of the day with his double royal warrants pitch up at a remote country house…


Posted by GEOFF RIMMER on May 11, 2021 at 20:30

Auction: early photography at Chiswick Auctions / 28 May 2021

Chiswick Auction's auction of photographs 1840-2020 contains a number of lots of daguerreotypes and early photography. Two lots in particular are of special note, including a portrait of John Goddard and one that it is suggested may be a portrait of Frederick Scott Archer.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 11, 2021 at 7:30

cfp: Conference: De/Reconstructing photomechanical reproduction / deadline 25 June 2021

Don’t Press Print is an annual conference organised by the University of West of England's Centre for Fine Print Research and the Royal Photographic Society. In 2020 the conference looked at the collodion process and its contemporary practice through the eyes of twenty artist-printmakers and photographic…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2021 at 19:44

Online conference: Photography and its many colours / PHRC, 14-15 June 2021

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre's annual conference is now open for registration.The programme, including keynotes from Kim Timby and Emily Mark-Fitzgerald is now available.

Recent scholarship surrounding the development, use, and reuse of colour photography has highlighted the need for more research and debate about…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2021 at 19:34

Online event: Photography: Hungary's greatest export / 20 May 2021

Colin Ford explores the surprisingly large number of world-famous and influential photographers who were originally Hungarian, many of them Jewish.

Colin Ford CBE was Deputy Curator of the National Film & Television Archive (1965-72) before becoming the first senior curator of photography in any British national museum or gallery…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2021 at 20:23

Kodak Research: Interesting Imaging Systems

I worked for Kodak in the Research Labs for 30+ years during which I was involved with a variety of projects.  I decided to write down some memories and some descriptions of the technologies I worked on.  Along the way I had come across a number of novel imaging products from other manufacturers so my article although it has an autobiographical flavour grew…


Posted by Gareth Bryn Evans on May 9, 2021 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Online talk: George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968) / 25 May 2021

Join former V&A Museum ciurator Susanna Brown for a journey back in time to the elegant world of photographer George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968).  A pioneer in the fields of portraiture and fashion photography, Hoyningen-Huene worked during the golden age of Vogue and Vanity Fair, and his images define the glamorous aesthetic of that era. He collaborated…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2021 at 19:46


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