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Bodleian Libraries to appoint Curator of Photography

The Bodleian Libraries has announced that, for the first time, a Curator of Photography will be appointed to care for and develop the libraries' growing photography collections, thanks to a transformational gift of £2 million from The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation. The endowment accompanies the Foundation's donation of the…See More
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Festival: Photo Oxford 2021 / 15 October-15 November 2021

Photo Oxford Festival opens on 15 October with outdoor projections on the Ruskin School of Art building. This leads into a launch weekend of activity including Portfolio Reviews, film screenings, tours and opportunities to meet artists and curators in their exhibition spaces. The Festival is themed around Women and Photography - Ways of Seeing and Being Seen. Of…See More
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Inside the Getty Archive

In this piece Peter Dench, courtesy of Olympus ImageSpace, steps into the Getty's Hulton Archive in east London and gets a partial tour of its 13km of shelving with curator Melanie Hough. See: More
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Exhibition: Fabric of Photography / Oxford, 15 October-13 November 2021

Twelve experimental photographic artists exhibit their work in Oxford as part of Photo Oxford Festival opening in the Main Gallery, The Old Fire Station, central Oxford, from the 15 October-13 November. Each artist focuses on materiality within their practice. They are inspired by historical processes invented in the 19th Century, and work with the…


Posted on October 16, 2021 at 11:35

Conference: Concerning Photography: Photographic Networks in Britain / 25 November-2 December 2021

On 14 January 1971, The Photographers’ Gallery opened its doors with The Concerned Photographer, an exhibition that had previously been shown in the United States, Switzerland and Japan, and which presented photography as the optimum medium to document social conditions. This online conference has been organised to mark the 50th…


Posted on October 16, 2021 at 11:16

Media Museum secures funding to develop plans for Sound and Vision galleries

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford has announced that it has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to begin the development of its ambitious Sound and Vision galleries and accompanying activity programme.

Sound and…


Posted on October 10, 2021 at 21:01

Exhibition: Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s / from 29 October 2021

A chance discovery of thousands of photographs in the archives of a London council has brought back to life a local community’s fight for survival and a new exhibition opening 29 October is telling the story. The exhibition features an extraordinary period of community action in the 1970s and 1980s in Blackfriars, Waterloo and North Southwark along London’s…


Posted on October 10, 2021 at 19:34

Exhibition: James Ravilious' An English Eye (1997) / until 31 December 2021

Recently acquired by The Burton at Bideford, An English Eye is a collection of photographs by renowned local artist-photographer, James Ravilious. The collection provides an important record of life in North Devon between 1972 and 1997, and also represents the best of James Ravilious’ work as a whole.

Son of Eric Ravilious (war artist,…


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At 16:40 on June 19, 2021, Hillary Haft Bucs said…

Hello! Thank you for the biographical information on my great, great, great grandfather, Jacob Katzman. What do you recommend as next steps on trying to track down any of his photography?

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?


Jack Leonard Gordon

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. 


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