Contact: Will Carleton -UK  mobile: 07802437827
wcarleton@gmail.com

The Press Photo History Project aims to record every news photographer and photographic agency operating in the UK from 1904 – to the present. The project also aims to explore the working relationship between photographs and newspapers.
The project was started by Will Carleton to answer weekly calls for copyright clearence for ‘lost’ photographers and agency’s while running the photo industry news site PhotoArchiveNews.com

We are currently recording the photographers and agencies of Fleet Street In particular we are collecting information, names, places and dates relating to the workings of photo press agencies and newspaper photo departments through written memories and images. You can read a few of these here:
Alfred Robinson – Over 40 years staff at London News Agency Photos 1908 – 1959
Remembering Fleet Street: Bruce-Miles – The Times Picture department 1950s
A day in the life of a Fleet Street photo press agency 1960’s
Identified: Central Press lunch break 1965/70 – Photos
Central Press photo agency staff ‘incredible reunion’ after 45 years
Peter Smith – My life in Fleet Street

As part of an ongoing project at our sister site Photo Archive News we have been mapping the photo agencies and photographers who worked in and around Fleet Street. This site is a product of this ongoing research.  We aim to produce a ‘family tree’ to include dates, names and ‘where-are-they-now’ information to preserve and highlight the press photography industry – from the beginning. This information will be used to help find original owners of content and provide an educational resource centered on the history of press photography in the UK.

Some agencies and press photographers are still located close to the famous street, but most collections have been sold into larger companies or have just disappeared.
Photo Archive News has already been involved in reuniting press photographers with their photographs particularly where a photographer was a staff photographer working for a fleet street photo agency. We have mapped the path of many newspaper photo libraries, many of them having been split between various owners over the years. Many sections of the photographic archives of newspapers and agencies are still lost or, in one case we know about, buried under tonnes of concrete!

Work is underway at the British Museum manually recording the early photographic agencies from various press directories at the time.

If you would like to contribute to the project or have any questions or finds for the Press Photo History Project please call Will Carleton on mobile 07802 437827 or email: wcarleton@gmail.com
I am based in Kent and often in London

Will Carleton

UK: Mobile 07802 437827
wcarleton@gmail.com