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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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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Artist talk: John Myers / Bristol, 8 January 2019

John Myers will discuss his new publication Looking at the Overlooked, which documents the claustrophobia of the suburban landscape in the 1970s, published by RRB Photobooks 2019.

Looking at the Overlooked presents Myers’ photographs of substations, shops, houses, televisions and landscapes without incident (boring photographs), which are now…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2018 at 7:36

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2019 - invitation to submit

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise individuals or groups of individuals who have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution to the literature of or concerning the art and practice of photography or the moving image. Two winning titles published between 1 January and 31 December 2018 will be selected; one in the field of photography and one in…


Posted by Alex Anthony on December 15, 2018 at 14:00


Three years ago we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities


Since our 2017 newsletter…


Posted by James Hyman on December 10, 2018 at 14:00

CDA: Immersive Images 1820-1920: Bill Douglas Cinema Museum / closes 18 January 2019

An exciting opportunity has arisen to explore the popularity of immersive and interactive images in visual culture 1820-1920.  This Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) will be based on the extensive and unique resources of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, and would make a substantial contribution to both…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2018 at 8:42

Roger Fenton: vintage prints of the royal children

We at Bazar Nadar are proud to announce there are three vintage salt prints of Roger Fenton added to our gallery. 

The portraits of the royal children are made in 1854. They come together with the later official gelatine silver prints made by Kirk Armitage as a coronation gift to King Edward VII. Only six of these exist. We found a matching print for…


Posted by Wouter Lambrechts on December 9, 2018 at 12:30

cfp: The business of photography / Leicester: 17-18 June 2019

‘Business’ can have many meanings. In the most straightforward sense, it refers to the photographic marketplace, its industry and the commercial relations established among different agents. Some of these actors, such as studios and companies of the like of Kodak and Ilford, are specifically photographic and have featured prominently in histories of…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2018 at 9:43

Lecture: John Thomson in the Straits, 1862–65 / Singapore, 12 December 2018

Today we take pictures of anything we fancy on our phone. But in the early 1860s, the idea of portraying daily life using the long exposures and the temperamental wet-plate process of photography was not even imagined. To include people in a photographs, the subjects had to stay still for several minutes – something only achievable in a studio, or…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2018 at 9:40

Talk: Derby, the RPS and the history of photography / Derby: 12 December 2018

The W W Winters Heritage Trust is hosting a talk titled Derby, the Royal Photographic Society and the history of photography on 12 December 2018. All welcome.

Contact W W Winters on 01332 345224 or to book a…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2018 at 6:57


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