As I am on a continual search for anything related to the processes of newspaper photography in Fleet Street (it’s a rarely published subject!) I found the feature above in a copy of Picture Post magazine published in March 1939 – but no photographer was mentioned – I had to find out… I Posted a few shots of the feature on my Instagram feed and found the answer! If you have Instagram you can find it on our feed, if you don’t here’s how the information came in below a couple of the feature pages…
@photoarchivenews@jeffmo69super post and this set was by the great pioneer Felix Man (Felix Baumann I believe and the negs will be with the wonderful Picture Post collection at the Getty Images Archive…great to see this get another day out here!
We are mapping the lives and whereabouts of press photo agencies and newspaper photographers based in and around Fleet Street from 1904 - 1995, with a long term plan to map all press photo agencies throughout the world.
Image requests: While we research we provide a copyright search service connecting image license requests 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... many agency offices were bombed during the WWII London Blitz resulting negative and print files being water damage from the hoses quenching the fires ...most archives were in the building basements.
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.