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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now nearly 4100 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

12737852284?profile=RESIZE_400x The forthcoming Bristol Photo Festival features a number of exhibitions that use archival material in its own right or to inform contemporary practice. Of particular note is the exhibition: Herbert Shergold: Now Keep Quite Still. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Herbert Shergold operated a commercial photography studio in Bristol to create highly stylised portraits of actors as…

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Over six weeks, this practical course explores what it means to archive collections today – working with physical and/or digital material. Course leader Kathryn Tollervey starts by exploring the need for an archive and who it is for. Then we look at guidelines on cataloguing and metadata, as well as the processes of digitisation and preservation for both digital and physical material. We discuss what digital solutions are best for different types of collections. Throughout the course we…

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Photography Database is a new implementation and major extension of work done by editors Andrew Eskind and Greg Drake while at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, beginning in the 1980s.  It provides basic factual information about more than 100,000 photographers, as well as public photographic collections, commercial galleries, photographic exhibitions, and citations to the many published sources used to compile the data. The scope is international, and the time frame runs from the…

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12719018277?profile=RESIZE_400x Take to the skies and discover the world from above the clouds through the remarkable work of Alfred Buckham: Daredevil Photographer.  A trailblazer in his field, Alfred Buckham FRPS (1879-1956) soared above the realms of what was thought to be possible in 20th century photography and aviation. Meet the man behind some of the most iconic aerial photographs, marvel at the…

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12703682295?profile=RESIZE_400x The British Library is seeking to recruit a permanent part-time Print Room Coordinator and Cataloguer to join the Visual Arts Team at St Pancras. This post is a three-day a week job-share and will be fully onsite.

Working with one of the most extensive collections of prints, drawings and photographs relating to South Asia, this is an…

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Claude Low (1874 - 1935), photographer


Possibly my favourite photo of a daylight studio in my collection, but where was this suburban, sylvan, setting? From the list of other branch studios plastered across the façade, we know where it wasn’t – 72 Princes Street, Edinburgh. London, Blackpool, [Shore Road] Aberdour, Rothsay, Largs, etc. etc. Many of these are seaside locations, so probably only seasonal studios.

The signage says Cabinet photos 1/- [shilling] each, No Extra Charge for groups. Also says Have Your Photo taken…

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Just in time for Alice’s Day, the Bodleian Libraries is pleased to announce the acquisition of two photographic portraits of Alice Liddell by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (also known as Lewis Carroll) as part of the library’s growing photography collection. The acquisition comprises one original albumen of Alice Liddell as ‘The Beggar Maid’ (1858) and one original glass wet-plate collodion negative of ‘Alice Liddell Wearing a Garland’ (1860).

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898) was a…

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