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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now over 4000 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

12393255458?profile=RESIZE_180x180 This symposium welcomes researchers, curators and photographers from all geographical areas. Proposals may concern any post-colonial period from the 19th to the 20th century. Abstracts in english or french (approx. 500 words) must be sent by May 31, 2024 at the latest, with a short biography, affiliation information, and a bibliography (for researchers). Authors will receive an…

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For centuries, portraiture has played a vital role in shaping the public’s perception of the Royal Family. Over the past 100 years, no artistic medium has had a greater impact on the royal image than photography. Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography will chart the evolution of royal portrait photography from the 1920s to the present day, bringing together more than 150 photographic prints, proofs and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives. The photographs…

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Periodically something appears at auction which deserves a wider audience. Coming up in a Bonhams European Decor and Design auction in the United States is a stunning Carlo Ponti Megalethoscope with original bill of sales from 1876. It is estimated at US$8000-12,000.  Details are below:

Carlo Ponti Megalethoscope on Stand, Italian, c. 1865,
floral carved viewer with ebonized trim,…
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Lost (?) Birt Acres film -1896


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This article describes a Birt Acres film recorded on the 9th of November 1896. It was commissioned for The Variety Theatres and was shot in the road as the parade passed The Tivoli Theatre. If any reader is aware of this films existence I would be grateful to receive a post or…

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I thought you might be interested in the exhibition I've been working on with my colleagues at Land of Iron in Skinningrove, North Yorkshire. It's been a labour of love and a joy to be involved with. I feel very privileged!  An exciting new photographic exhibition comes to Skinningrove’s Land of Iron on Saturday 16th March 2024.

Running for six months until Saturday 14th September, Life in The Iron Valley will display, for the very first time, a selection of early work prints…

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12389731686?profile=RESIZE_400x Looking for stickybacks!  For the past few years, I have been researching stickybacks together (partly with Róman Kiejet). The research has resulted in an exhibition and booklet on stickybacks in the Netherlands. This exhibition was shown last year at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. 

Now I have conceived the plan to make a European exhibition on…

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