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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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Tate Modern photography curator Yasufumi Nakamori, in conversation

Photomonitor, the online photography platform, carries an interview with Tate Modern's Senior Curator International Art (Photography) Yasufumi Nakamori. He discusses Japanese photography and Tate Modern's strategy representing photography in its programmes. He was interviewed by Romina Provenzi. …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2021 at 21:55

Funding: Bodleian Visiting Fellowships 2022-23

Applications are open for Bodleian Visiting Fellowships which support scholars in any field of study and from anywhere in the world to undertake research in the Bodleian's special collections. Of particular interest to BPH is the Sloan Fellowship in Photography which supports a research visit by a scholar in the history of photography. In…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2021 at 20:09

£100,000 grant for history of photography by children study

Dr Annebella Pollen has been awarded a £100,000 Philip Leverhulme Prize, which she will use to fund a new study into the history of photography by children from 1900. As a personal award rather than a research grant, the prize money can be used for any research purpose. Thirty prizes are awarded annually, to a changing group of six subject areas each…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2021 at 19:58

Home sought for Industrial Photography Collection

I wonder whether any members can offer advice on finding a home for an archive of industrial photography? This collection relates to one major assignment undertaken in 1993/4 by noted industrial photographer, the late Donald D. Fraser FBIPP FRPS and myself Clive Friend FBIPP. We worked as two teams across the UK, Europe and North America illustrating the substantial range of industrial premises owned by the Caradon Group. The purpose was to produce a corporate book for the Caradon Group of…


Posted by Clive Friend on October 17, 2021 at 16:40 — 5 Comments

Film: Under Newbon Stars - opening up a lost archive

Under Newborn Stars tells the story of photographer Maja Blumenfeld - From her upbringing in Berlin to her escaping Nazi Germany and resettling in New Zealand. The film provides insight into her journey, her view on photography and the importance of objects connected to people and significant moments in her life.

Photographer Maja Blumenfeld’s…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2021 at 15:42

Exhibition: Fabric of Photography / Oxford, 15 October-13 November 2021

Twelve experimental photographic artists exhibit their work in Oxford as part of Photo Oxford Festival opening in the Main Gallery, The Old Fire Station, central Oxford, from the 15 October-13 November. Each artist focuses on materiality within their practice. They are inspired by historical processes invented in the 19th Century, and work with the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2021 at 11:35

Conference: Concerning Photography: Photographic Networks in Britain / 25 November-2 December 2021

On 14 January 1971, The Photographers’ Gallery opened its doors with The Concerned Photographer, an exhibition that had previously been shown in the United States, Switzerland and Japan, and which presented photography as the optimum medium to document social conditions. This online conference has been organised to mark the 50th…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2021 at 11:16 — 2 Comments

Hot off the press: On Alinari. Archive in Transition

This book is a milestone along the complex road which, in less than two years, has led to the start of a new phase in the management and operations of the Fratelli Alinari photographic studio that was established in 1852. On Alinari: Archive in Transition explores the transition of the Alinari Photographic Archive to public ownership by the Regione…


Posted by Costanza Caraffa on October 13, 2021 at 9:30


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