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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LW Kranz (Braunschweig) Petzval Lens

Started by Ben Richter Oct 7.

Carte de Visite by Oscar Rejlander

Started by Tim Foat Sep 29.

Hogg's manual 1843

Started by Steve Edwards Sep 2.

identifying photo studio (1907-1908) WHiTE?

Started by Harold Goffin Jul 22.

BJP and the missing years and more 3 Replies

Started by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS. Last reply by Rob Whalley Sep 12.

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now almost 3200 members, in addition to many other regular readers. They 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 and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. BPH will also include relevant book and website reviews from time to time. While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States and Asia.

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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Exhibition: Cartomania / Aberdeen, from 30 November 2019

Cartes-de-visite were the first form of affordable mass-produced photography. These images of families and friends, royalty and celebrities of the day were wildly popular during the Victorian era. Queen Victoria herself helped spread the craze by building her own collection. People collected photographs of their families and…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2019 at 7:39

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre - Autumn 2019 programme

London's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck has announced its autumn seminar programme. All events are free and open to all. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 6-7:30pm. Room 106, 46 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.

Andrés Mario Zervigón (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Fully Visible and…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 13, 2019 at 12:35

Screening and Panel: The Photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher / Cardiff: 25 October 2019

Join us for an afternoon of discussion and a film screening to mark the opening of the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions.

A distinguished panel of experts, chaired by Dr Russell Roberts (co-curator of Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions) and including Max Becher (photographer and son of Bernd…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 13, 2019 at 12:00

Lecture: George Mind: 'The fair abode of femininity' / London: 9 October 2019

From the late 1880s there was a marked increase in the number of British women becoming professional photographers. Drawing on archival documents and photographs in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

This talk examines the dynamics of women photographers’ studios to better understand how they became competitors in a male-dominated…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 8, 2019 at 7:50

‘Trenches before the Redan’ by Robertson/Beato

As a follow-on from yesterday’s post, blog readers may be interested in another James Robertson/Felice Beato…

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Posted by David Robert Jones on October 7, 2019 at 11:48

Robertson/Beato’s Crimean War photograph entitled '8 Gun Battery'

One of James Robertson (see portrait right)/Felice Beato’s Crimean War images that has fascinated me is entitled 8 Gun Battery (see below). The description accompanying this photograph on the Royal Collection Trust (RTC) website states:

Photograph of an eight gun battery in front of Sevastopol. A wall created from earth and sandbags runs…

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Posted by David Robert Jones on October 6, 2019 at 6:00

Early New Zealand stereo. Information sought on photographer

Purchased yesterday from rural South Australia , a stereo view from a British Commonwealth neighbour, New Zealand.

Having quickly Googled with the information to hand, one of the subjects may well be Sophia Hinerangi…

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Posted by Stephen Michael Barnett on October 6, 2019 at 5:00 — 8 Comments

cfp: History of stereoscopic photography / proposals by 2 March 2020

Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography is a conference within a conference, hosted by the National Stereoscopic Association at the 46th annual 3D-Con in Tacoma, Washington. 

In the last thirty years, scholarship on stereography has moved from the margins to a more central position in the…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2019 at 17:45

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