The interactions of chlorophyll (Chl) and bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) pigments with the polypeptides in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins are responsible for controlling the absorption energy of (B)Chls in protein matrixes. The binding pocket of B800 BChl a in LH2 proteins, which are peripheral light-harvesting proteins in purple photosynthetic bacteria, is useful for studying such structure–property relationships. We report the reconstitution of Chl f, which has the formyl group at the 2-position, in the B800 cavity of LH2 from the purple bacterium Rhodoblastus acidophilus. The Qy absorption band of Chl f in the B800 cavity was shifted by 14 nm to longer wavelength compared to that of the corresponding five-coordinated monomer in acetone. This redshift was larger than that of Chl a and Chl b. Resonance Raman spectroscopy indicated hydrogen bonding between the 2-formyl group of Chl f and the LH2 polypeptide. These results suggest that this hydrogen bonding contributes to the Qy redshift of Chl f. Furthermore, the Qy redshift of Chl f in the B800 cavity was smaller than that of Chl d. This may have arisen from the different patterns of hydrogen bonding between Chl f and Chl d and/or from the steric hindrance of the 3-vinyl group in Chl f.