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April 9, 2018| Dr. Michael Pritchard, FRPS (Director General Royal Photographic Society)

For ‘the interchange of thought and experience among photographers’: The role of the photographic society in British photography

The Photographic Society summer outing, Hampton Court, 1856. © Royal Photographic Society/National Museum of Science & Media / Science & Society Picture Library.

Based on the early stages of a new research project, in this paper Michael Pritchard will look at the formation of the first photographic societies and, using the example of the Photographic Society [of London], the predecessor of the Royal Photographic Society, he will examine its activities and assess their impact and sets them within the wider context of British photography up to c1914.


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