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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now over 4000 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

12427428682?profile=RESIZE_400x The PHRC conference 2024 is now open for registration. There have always been unacknowledged or under-acknowledged forces that operate around photography. Some of them are human, like family members, camera assistants, darkroom personnel, curators, editors and the like. Others are non-human, like algorithms, chemicals, equipment of various sorts and transportation. The explosion of…

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Volunteer


While arranging a visit to the photographic archive of Central Library I discovered that they have a great many photographs which are not accessible because they have not been catalogued. There are not sufficient members of staff to catalogue them, especially in these straitened times. "You are just the sort of person we need to help us catalogue our photographs"

I now spend just one morning a week cataloguing photographs. I have just completed recording the contents of a box of 3 1/4"…

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12426247456?profile=RESIZE_400x The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at the University of Exeter has announced that it has received a £104,456 grant each year for the next five years from Research England’s Higher Education Museum and Galleries Collection Fund.  The awards recognises and supports the unique and significant contribution that the museum makes to the wider research community and enables this to grow.

The…

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Archive: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert


BPH reported on the transfer of Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert's archive to St Andrews University in 2022 and a smaller gift to the School of Scottish Studies Architecture in 2021 (links below). Jeremy has added some further information about his archive on his website. 

It notes: As a proud Scot, and with a knowledge of the important contribution of Scots photographers to the world of photography, it was Jeremy’s wish that his collection of work, spanning the 30-years of his career…

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12421819697?profile=RESIZE_400x To commemorate the centenary of Dorothy Bohm’s birth, Beam Editions has published a new book that takes a fresh look at the work of one of the most prolific and admired female photographers of the second half of the 20th Century. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an original print of an image that will feature in the volume – all sales will contribute to the production of the book.…

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12421818459?profile=RESIZE_400x The European Society for the History of Photography has published PhotoResearcher with papers from last year's conference on the darkroom. The issue is introduced by Sara Dominici, the conference convenor and includes nine papers presented during the two-day conference. The issue can be purchased in print on as a download…

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12421817696?profile=RESIZE_400x The latest issue of The Classic preview the AIPAD photography show in April and Robert Hershkowitz's exhibition of French Calotypes at Photo London in May. Alongside these are interviews with Timothy Prus of the Archive of Modern Conflict, Matt Butson of the Getty Archive who discusses Stefan Lorant, and Antoine Romand, the Paris-based photography expert. Two features look at…

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12421817066?profile=RESIZE_400x Cartomania was a photographic phenomenon that seized the public imagination at the beginning of the 1860s. Small portraits, dubbed cartes de visite, were avidly exchanged with friends and family, quickly earning a reputation as ‘the paper currency of social intercourse’. Compiled into albums and prominently displayed in the home to peruse, assess and discuss, this first explosion…

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