The PhotoHistorian

The PhotoHistorian (ISSN: 0956-1455)

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group began publishing a quarterly newsletter from its formation in 1972. This was renamed The PhotoHistorian in Spring 1989 under a new editor, Colin Osman. The PhotoHistorian has been published ever since.

The PhotoHistorian publishes the proceedings of the meetings of the Group, research articles by members and outside contributors, plus relevant news and reviews from the history of photography. Articles range from photographic aesthetics through to photographic technology and processes.

It is received free by members of the Group as well as being subscribed to by leading international museums, galleries and academic institutions. 

You can see a sample issue of The PhotoHistorian here

A subscription to The PhotoHistorian, either the printed or CD version is available to non-members for an annual fee of £50.00. Orders should be sent to Geoff Blackwell by email

Submission of articles

The editor welcomes submissions. Please follow the guidelines below: 

Text should be submitted either in Word format or as plain text, together with a print out of the original. Articles up to 1,000 words may be submitted, papers from conferences may be longer but authors should limit papers for publication to 2,000 words.

Images should be submitted as good quality photographic prints or transparencies. They can also be submitted by e-mail or on CD. The latter should be in as either jpeg or tiff format, at 300dpi, 5 x 4 inches and no more than 400kb in size.

All images should be copyright cleared by the author before submission.

Articles can be submitted to the editor by email

Recent issues and back copies

The content of recent issues together with an Index of past issues appears will be available shortly. Back copies and The PhotoHistorian on CD (£10 plus P&P) can be obtained from the Group secretary, Monica Thorp, by email.