Searching For: Carlton Artists – Advertising Photographers – Portman Square London

Updated: 29 May 2014
↑ This in from Press Photo History Project reader: Justin Cowley
“Hello will ,
Here is photo I managed to find . My father John Cowley is in middle sitting on stool with back to us , I know his friend Mike Sargent op with blonde hair and white shirt but who the others are I’m afraid i do not know. This was taken I think in 1958/59″

4 March 2014
This in from PPHP reader Rebecca Warren:

‘My father used to work for Carleton Artists (could be ‘Carlton’ Artists) in Portman Square in 1959. They used to photograph many different adverts for publications such as women’s weekly and Hawkins Bazaar. He has been trying to trace them and i was wondering if you have heard anything about them?’

Answers on an email please: | Call Will on 07802437827 – Thanks

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Looking For: Sport and General photo agency Staff 1959 – 1960

PPHP reader Philip Lawrence has sent us this note:

‘I used to work at Sport and General Press Agency in Gough Square between  1959 and early 1961, firstly as a messenger and then trainee in the darkrooms downstairs. I’d like to get in touch with anyone who was also there at the same time. Please get in touch by email I look forward to hearing from you.’

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‘The Golden Age of Photojournalism’ – the story of three photographic businesses 1930′s – 50′s

Intro image PMAG
↑ Alex McLaren self portrait with MPP camera

A fascinating new photographic exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council, tells the story of three Perth photographic businesses at a time when the demand for newspaper photography grew hugely.
Details on

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R.I.P. Bertram Garai – Keystone Press Agency London

The staff at Keystone Press Agency around 1981.

Sad news in from the family of Bertram Garai this morning -
“Dear Mr Carleton, this is to inform you for your records that my father, Bertram Garai (nbr 10 in your photo!), passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Tuesday last week, January 21 at his own home in Surrey.

Kind regards
from his children,
Andrew and Robert Garai, and Caroline Bennett

The funeral will take place at 16:00 on Thursday, Feb 6 at :

St Mary the Virgin
Church Hill
GU21 4QQ

And afterwards at Chobham Golf Club, GU21 2TZ.
If you do have the sense that anyone in your circles would like to attend, naturally we would be happy to welcome them.
If you are planning to attend it would be helpful for organisational reasons to kindly inform us in advance, Please call 07802437827 or email Will Carleton on – who will then forward your details to the family.

More about Bertie and Keystone on our Keystone Press Agency 1981 where are they now?

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Searching for: Photographer Frank Reynolds – motorcycle trade photographer (1970′s)

Frank Reynolds (1970′s): police inquiry
Surrey Police have contacted the PPHP looking to trace the photographer Frank Reynolds.
Frank took photographs that appeared in a magazine titled; “The Motor Cycle and Cycle Trader” magazine in the mid 1970’s. The police believe he may be a witness and may be able to assist them with a current investigation. Frank may also have taken photographs for Honda.
“It would be greatly appreciated if your contributors or broader photographic community could assist police trace Mr Reynolds. ”
Contact details for Surrey Police would be by telephone 01483632150 (DC Glen Simpson) or 01483639208 (DS Dan Voller).

Or contact – 07802 437827 if you would rather.

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Searching for: Photographer Sam Lambert – architectural photographer

UPDATE 4 March 2014: Found – The PPHP now has information and copyright details for Sam Lambert collection – if you need these please email | Call 07802437827.
And this in from Carrie at the Tate: “Will – thank you so much for posting the request and babysitting it – really glad that it’s turned something up.”

The Rights Clearance dept at a public London art gallery have contacted the PPHP looking for contact details for the estate of photographer Sam Lambert.
They say: Dear Will,

I’m working on the Transforming Tate Britain: Archive & Access project, a major initiative aiming to digitise, and make available online, the archives of 52 artists in our collection.

There are a number of photographs in Ben Nicholson’s archive taken by a photographer called SAM LAMBERT and I am trying to trace contact details for his estate. I wondered whether you might be able to post my request for information on your site board to see whether anyone has any clues? From what I have gleaned so far, he was primarily known as an architectural photographer.

If you or your contributors/broader photographic community could help in anyway that would be wonderful.

Many thanks in advance for your time.

Kind regards

Answers on an email or call please and I will put you in touch: Office 01622 320011 (UK)

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Photo Special: Guardian Picture Desk 1980′s – who took the shot? – were you there?

This photo in from Alan Sparrow (Executive Picture Editor – Metro) © ?
L to R: Roger Tooth, Guardian, At back Frank Martin rtd, Denis Thorpe rtd, Mike Huckle dkrm mangr rtd, Martin Argles photographer now freelancing, Mrs Crook ,Brian Crooks wife, Eamonn McCabe Picture Editor, Ted West photog decd, Garry Weaser photog rtd, Dave Connolly printer, Brian Crook retiring pic ed, Dave Willis printer, Sally Hodder pic desk assistant, Dave Sillitoe photog still on the staff, John Pilkington previous picture editor, At back Alan Sparrow dep pic ed, Frank Baron photog, Picture researcher (forgotten her name ), Ken Saunders photog rtd, Graham Turner still at Guardian.

This photo in from Alan Sparrow (Executive Picture Editor – Metro) “Hi Will, here is a photograph of the Guardian picture desk from the eighties.’I know all the people in the photograph and the occasion and in fact I got it from David [Sillitoe] . I can’t remember who took the pic but I guess it was one of those in the pic , an early selfie ! ”

If you would like to add an comments to this shot or you knew where (looks like a bar/restaurant!) and who took it please email or call me on:
+44 (0)7802 437827 office: 01622320011

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Terry Chambers Photographer and co-owner of Fox Photos dies aged 70

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↑ Terry at his desk at Fox Photos 10th Oct 1961 © Getty Images/Hulton Archive

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↑ Police press pass photo – 26th Jan 1967 and a Fox Photos stamp © Getty Images/Hulton Archive

Photographer Terry Chambers has died aged 70. Terry passed away last week, he was a co-owner of Fox Photos in the ’70′s.

More on Terry’s life from his friends with images and a radio interview on

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Searching For: London News Agency Photos Ltd 1933 (not at PA)

Dear Will,

It has been suggested to me by Colin Panter of the Press Association that you just might know what has happened to the photographic copyright of pictures taken by London News Agency Photos Ltd. I am looking for the copyright details of a photo taken by the agency in March 1933 of my uncle, composer Walter Leigh.

I would be extremely grateful for any leads or information you may have.

With many thanks,

Joanna Wright

Answers on an email to: office:01622320011

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Found & Licensed: Planet News Ltd image – Elephant & Castle

This image was reconnected by the Press Photo History Project through Topfoto who now hold the Planet News Ltd archive.
‘Many thanks Will. I will be happy to send over a document showing the context in which we would like to use the image.’
Best wishes

original request:
Dear Will

I am working with Southwark Pensioners Centre on a community heritage project about the history of G Baldwin & Co in Walworth. We would like to use the attached image in our free project booklet which will be distributed to local people.

The copyright is held by Planet News Ltd.

I saw via Google that you had been able to help with a similar search.

We will be happy to make a donation for this service.

Many thanks


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