British photographic history

Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history

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 3700 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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Podcast: In search of Bill Jay - episide 4

The latest in Grant Scott's podcast series In search of Bill Jay is now available to listen online or through your normal podcast channels. The series extends and adds to Grant's acclaimed film which looks at Jay's life and legacy. 

Listen to the latest part and the earlier podcasts in the series click…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 26, 2022 at 10:30

Call for papers: Camera-Centered Histories of Photography / deadline 31 July 2022

I am organizing a conference entitled "Camera-Centered Histories of Photography," which will feature our own Dr Michael Pritchard as the keynote speaker.  The call for papers is attached. I would be delighted to see abstracts covering British photo history topics. Abstracts are due by 31 July.

Here's the call as a PDF: …


Posted by Leigh Gleason on June 22, 2022 at 21:30

Talk: Orphan works and photography collections / Online: 6 July 2022

Orphan Works are creative works that are subject to copyright for which one or more of the rights holders is either unknown or cannot be found. Understanding how Orphan Works in relation to photographic collections can be a bit of a minefield. To help you navigate we are running a virtual event with Margaret Haig from the government's Intellectual Property…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2022 at 20:30

Exhibition: The Future is Blinking" Early studio photography from West and Central Africa / Switzerland: until 3 July 2022

For the first time, an exhibition focuses on the photographs of the earliest local photographers from West and Central Africa. Since the late 19th century, they have been creating enchanting photographs together with their customers in open-air studios. The thought of future viewers was always present; for them,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2022 at 20:07

Exhibition: Stonhouse Street / London: Omnibus Theatre, from 6 September 2022

Photographer John S Webb is British but has lived in Sweden since 1974.  In September the Omnibus Theatre, London, will show work that he made in 1972 in Stonhouse Street, Clapham, London. The exhibition will consist of the same images that he exhibited in the then Clapham Public Library in 1972. The photographs are to be shown in the same building which has…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2022 at 20:02

Publication: "The Magic of Photo City" Kalhor Publications - Tehran Iran

My new book is" The magic of Photo City". This book contains 13 articles on the history of photography and has been published in Persian in Iran by Kalhor Publications.…


Posted by Nasrin Torabi on June 20, 2022 at 13:00

Article: Extended Family: Carole Cutner’s Photographic Life

Photomonitor has published a short article by Annebella Pollen on the British porytrait photographer Carole Cutner who was active from 1968. She specialised in portraits of children, but also photographed royalty and figures from industry and business. She continues to work and is currently reviewing her archive. 

Read the piece here:…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2022 at 9:30

Auction: Photographic maritime archive of Sir Harold Dudley Clayton

Auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter are offering the The photographic archive of Sir Harold Dudley Clayton, 10th Baronet of Clayton, Marden (1877-1951) over multiple lots in its Maritime auction on 21 June 2022.  The lots include glass plate negatives, albums and prints from the 1890s to later 1930s, and show racing, sailing and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2022 at 9:00


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