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Postdoctoral research: the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections / closes 11 February 2021

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with the Science Museum Group, is offering a 0.2 FTE Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to work the project “The Media of Mediumship (TMM): Encountering the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections.” The Fellow will work in collaboration with Professor Christine…See More
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Call for papers: Towards a social and cultural history of photographic image producers / deadline 30 April 2021

To what extent does the meaning of a photograph depend on social experience, industrial contingencies, the professional environment or the culture of its producers? This special issue of Photographica - from the Société française de photographie - aims to explore this question and thus extend the discussions initiated during a seminar at the EHESS in 2018–2020.The issue…See More
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Talks: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre - spring term talks

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its spring term talks which will be online. Established in 2012, the Centre is an interdisciplinary group based in Birkbeck's School of Arts, led by Dr Patrizia Di Bello and Professor Steve Edwards. We aim to facilitate, exchange and showcase new and existing research on photography's…


Posted on January 23, 2021 at 18:15

PhD studentship: Between the Home and the Factory: South Asian Heritage and Industrial Work, 1960-Present / closes 15 February 2021

The project offers an exciting opportunity for a student to study British South Asian heritage in relation to factory work, leisure and domesticity and their photographic representations, using the Black Country Visual Arts’ Apna and Punjabi Workers photographic archives.



Posted on January 23, 2021 at 18:02

Online event: Celebration of Stereoscopic 3D — Part the Second announced / 20-21 February 2021

Rachel Nordstrom from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, Victor Flores, from Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal, Denis Pellerin and Rebecca Sharpe, from the London Stereoscopic Archive, England, have once again joined forces to organise this free online Zoom event which is meant to be a celebration of Stereoscopic…


Posted on January 23, 2021 at 17:57

Online seminar: Photography and the making of modern medicine in France (1860-1914) / 21 January 2021

A free online history of medicine seminar, organised by the University of Birmingham's IAHR is being held on Thursday, 21 January 2021 from 1730-1900. Dr Beatriz Pichel, senior lecturer in photographic history at De Montfort University, will present her paper Photography and the making of modern medicine in France (1860-1914) which examines how…


Posted on January 17, 2021 at 17:12

Information request: Bertram Hutchings photographs

The donation of a large quantity of photographs and other records relating to Hutchings Caravans, and its founder Bertram Hutchings, to the Caravan and Motorhome Club Collection at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, in 2015  has prompted a call for help with identification. The Hutchings company was a maker of high-quality, bespoke, caravans…


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At 15:45 on August 3, 2017, Jack leonard Gordon said…

Don't you take any criticism on board. The present set up casts no credit on this organisation or myself.

It may be that somewhere on this site you have left some helpful instructions.If so I can't see it.

My telephone number is 020 8908 5124.


Jack Gordon

At 17:46 on April 21, 2017, jack leonard gordon said…

I am upset by the effects of my tiny pictures on my four entries .

Should I withdraw them as a whole and start again?

If so how do cancel anything of my submissions?


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At 5:52 on November 15, 2016, Will Allen said…

The International Directory of Photo Historians has settled in a new home with hopes of stability in location, format, and function. The change coincides with the retirement from teaching of William Allen. At one may search the directory, add and edit one's entry, and communicate with other historians. The new directory protects the privacy of contact information (including email addresses) for participants. I hope that you and your colleagues will share this information. 

At 22:41 on January 5, 2016, David McGreevy said…

Dear Michael,

First, let me thank you for the BPH site, it has proven to be an invaluable resource for an American collector of British Photographs, and I have "met" many experienced and generous experts here.

I am however, a bit alarmed, do the "major changes" mentioned in your weekly update indicate that the site will soon be subscription based?  That is certainly the impression I got. It would be such a shame after Luminous Lint changed into a monetized site, rather than an open and free exchange of ideas and knowledge.


David McGreevy

At 11:52 on December 30, 2013, Richard Sambrook said…

Many thanks Michael - I'm delighted to have access to such a great site and resource. Is the Giles Duley talk open to the public? I'd love to come along if so. I am now Professor at the School of Journalism at Cardiff University. Until his recent retirement Daniel Meadows led our work on documentary photography - I'm looking for ways to continue to keep the School actively engaged...Best, Richard

At 19:09 on May 27, 2013, Salvador Tió said…

Dear Mr. Pritchard,

I am looking for information about the beginings of Automat Photography. In particular about the first who was take a British Patent E.J. Ball 16,136. Nov. 23, 1887: Automatic coin-freed apparatus.(“Patents for Inventions vol. II, Abridgments of Specifications, class 98, Photography Great Britain Patent Office, Reprint Edition 1979 Arno Press, A New York Times Company”).

This is all the information that I have about this inventor. I have also a patent from 1900  of the United States and that I believe is attached to the same inventor US657505%5B1%5D.pdf

Do you know more information about this inventor.

Thank you very much.


At 16:05 on September 24, 2012, Tom Ruffles PhD, ARPS said…

Thanks for the comment on the Turner post, Michael - I've amended it accordingly.

At 13:33 on July 6, 2012, Tony Hilton said…

Hi Michael,

It was lovely to catch up briefly in May. Sorry it was all so rushed.

You are doing a great job here ... and elsewhere! Well done! Keep it up

Tony Hilton

At 0:59 on May 15, 2012, M C Brown said…

Hallo Michael, Thanks for the regular Newsletter.  Is there any way of recalling earlier versions? A recent issue had a review of the Princeton University book by Roger Taylor on Lewis Carroll and I would be interested in reading it again.  Thanks. 

At 9:19 on October 16, 2011, Richard Brooks said…
Thanks for the suggestions. I succesfully completed the dissertation earlier in the year and I was pleased with the grade and feedback. 

Would you be interested in having a copy of the work? Perhaps I could publish it online if it was felt to be of interest. 

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