This project is currently mapping the photo agencies and photographers based in and around Fleet Street from 1904 - 1995, with a long term plan to map all press photo agencies throughout the world.
While research is ongoing the PPHP provides a daily service connect image license requests (of 'orphaned images') with image owners through our network of contacts at newspaper archives and commercial photo libraries.
Why is it important?:
At the turn of the 20th century, there was vast growth in press agencies and photographers due to the massive thirst for images in newspapers. Many are still in existence but others have been sold, absorbed or simply disappeared, effectively leaving gaps in the history of this industry..
The Press Photo History Project is building a 'family tree', which is helping to find the original owners of content. Eventually this would also provide an educational resource centred on the history of press photography. Starting with the Mapping of Fleet Street, this aims to include an index to photo agencies working in and around the 'street' and photographers memories of working lives.