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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 3800 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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Elliott & Fry daguerreotype found - help requested

A year or so ago, I found a tinted daguerreotype of an unidentified young lady by Elliott & Fry (E&F). The case and lining paper behind the daguerreotype carry the E&F name and address (55 Baker St., London). The shape of the case and mount window seem quite unusual.

I am puzzled by this item for two reasons.

1. E&F were…

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Posted by Martin John Last on January 29, 2023 at 14:00

Exhibition: Calvert R. Jones: Photographs and Drawings / New York, until 31 March 2023

Calvert R. Jones: Photographs and Drawings is on view at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs until 31 March, 2023. Reverend Calvert Richard Jones (1802-1877), the Welsh marine artist, is recognized as one of the most talented and sophisticated of the early photographers. The recent emergence of previously unknown calotypes, daguerreotypes and drawings from…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2023 at 11:07

National Portrait Gallery's opening programme announced

The National Portrait Gallery has announced its opening programme with photography to the fore. The first exhibition will explore the life and career of twentieth century photographer, Madame Yevonde, who pioneered the use of colour photography in the 1930s. The show will survey the portraits and still-life works that the artist produced throughout her sixty…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2023 at 10:58

Opening up orphaned photography within archives

The intellectual property expert Naomi Korn and the National Science and Media Museum form part of a case study into the use of orphaned works, and how adopting a risk aware approach to the use of 'orphaned' images in the Daily Herald archive instead of the risk averse approach typically adopted. This opened up the opportunity to…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2023 at 10:30

Excelsior Stereoscopic Tours of Burnley

Dr. David Barber has published new research about Excelsior Stereoscopic Tours whose 3D cards feature in photo collections around the world. It explores the career of Milford Elsworth Wright (1861-1918), the stereographer behind the company and traces his journey from Perry, Ohio to the Lancashire mill town of Burnley.

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Posted by Dr. David Barber on January 27, 2023 at 9:30

Events from the Photographic Collections Network

The Photographic Collections Network has several upcoming events. Booking is free. 

Creative Commons Licenses and Collections

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 2-4pm GMT free / donation, online


Want to know more about how to navigate the different CC licenses, and find out if they work for your archive or…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2023 at 12:20

Peter Marlow Foundation starts operations from 2023

The Peter Marlow Foundation encourages, examines and celebrates the photography of humanity, its impact and legacy. From 2023 it will do this from a gallery based in Dungeness, Kent, housing an extensive archive and library, and offering workshops, exhibitions, residencies and talks to schools, the public and professionals.

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2023 at 12:10

Fellowship: Paul Mellon Centre / closes 31 January 2023

The Archives and Library Fellowship is offered annually to allow an individual to undertake a research project focused on the Paul Mellon Centre’s Archives and Library.

This is an exceptional opportunity to undertake sustained, original research focussed on the Centre’s collections. These include an extensive Photographic Archive, over 15,000 auction…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2023 at 10:24

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