Update: I am now extending this search to include Photo Agency Stamps worldwide…
Photo agency stamps were the email and website details of the pre digital age, stamped on the reverse of a press photo agency Press Print to identify the copyright holder for payment if the image was chosen for publication. Press Prints were produced in their thousands with every agency sending their best edit of a shoot directly to every relevant publication. This process slowed up in the mid 1990’s, many photo editors I meet today who remember the prints, piles of them all over the photo desk and stacked up all around the office propped up against walls and desk sides.
For the Press Photo History Project the information on these stamps identify the current address of an agency at time of printing, which helps with our Photo Agency directory tracing the life of a particular agency.
If you have a stamp or notice one we don’t have please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org
These just in from a huge print archive edit we are doing for a client in the UK, mixed with stamps sent by PPHP readers.
• Info on LPA from Mark Leech, owner at Offside Photo Agency:
Interested to see the old LPA rubber stamp with a photo credit to Brendan Monks. When I started work at the Holborn offices in 1973, they had already split to LPA and LPA (Sport) after a big row between Alec Byrne and Frank Baron. The building at 7a Lambs Conduit Passage was divided in a scene similar to Steptoe & Son. By 1974 LPA (Sport) had been renamed Sporting Pictures (UK) Ltd. Brendan worked for the Daily Mirror until taking the Daily Mail Sport picture editor’s job.
These in from PPHP reader Kevin Coombs, Senior Photographer at Reuters: