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



Marion's registered mount designs and Roger Vaughan's Marion Date Code 1 Reply

Started by David Gobbitt. Last reply by David Gobbitt Mar 16.

The Walrus and Lantern Slide Shows

Started by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS Feb 20.

Quest: photographic details of artworks in artbooks 1 Reply

Started by Elise Dupré. Last reply by michaelg on Tuesday.

GEORGE SHAW 1818-1904 2 Replies

Started by Pete James. Last reply by Pete James Jan 27.

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now almost 3000 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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Publication: Snips & Snaps: the Friths...

Just alerting people to the recent publication of "Snips & snaps : the Friths : a nineteenth century family of portraitists, miniaturists, caricaturists and photographic artists" by Noel Tozer which looks at the Frith siblings - Frederick, Henry and Letitia - Australian (and New Zealand, in the case of Henry) photographers, and their earlier lives as silhouettists and artists.

The book is available through Amazon and selected museum bookshops. 

Posted by Keith Giles on March 20, 2018 at 20:30

Information request: Identify the photographer of this portrait, Richard Chenevix Trench, 1857

I am seeking information about this albumen portrait. I believe this is Richard Chenevix Trench 1836-1861, one of the many children of Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish poet and Anglican Archbishop. The son tragically died at age 25. My main interest is the photographer. Does any member recognize a style or size that…


Posted by David McGreevy on March 19, 2018 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Conference and cfp: 15th Image and Research / November 2018

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of the Girona City Council and the Association of Archivists of Catalonia, are calling the 15th Image and Research International Conference, which will be held in the …


Posted by Michael Pritchard on March 17, 2018 at 8:25

The Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators’ Training Programme

Art photography collections are held at regional museums, libraries and archives across the country but often without specialist curatorial expertise and, subsequently, many photography collections tend to be 'dormant' and inaccessible to experts and audiences, and curators responsible for photography…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:20

Lecture: Recording history: Photographic collections at the Library / Edinburgh, 27 March 2018

The National Library of Scotland is undertaking the first major survey of its extensive photographic collections, to establish the breadth, depth and quality of the photographs. In this talk, Photographic Collections Curator Blake Milteer will provide insight into the survey project's goals,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:14

cfp: Stereo Photography: Images, Inventions and Advancements / St Andrews, 18-19 October 2018

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on the broader themes surrounding Stereo Photography during 18-19 October, 2018. This is…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:07

Job: Visual Arts Curator, British Library

Working with one of the largest, richest and most diverse research collections, you will use your specialist knowledge of South Asian art history and archaeology to carry out cataloguing and collection management projects relating to prints, drawings and photographs and associated…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2018 at 11:37

Peter James MA ASICI FRPS (1958-2018)

The news of the death of Peter James from organ failure which has just been announced has shocked and saddened the world of photographic history. Photography has lost one of its most active and accomplished historians and a wider champion for photography. In a community which is not a large one Pete was a giant and the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2018 at 4:00


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