Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries many of the great photographers and scientists were RPS members. Today The Society and its current membership continues to make important contributions to all aspects of imaging.

Our History

Founded in January 1853 The Royal Photographic Society has, throughout its history, played an important role in photography.

Our History→
Past Presidents

Presidents 1853-2013

The Society has had many illustrious individuals from photography as its President. The complete list of Presidents from its formation in 1853 is given below.

Presidents 1853-2013→

The Collection

The Society's Collection is one of the world's great photography collections. It, along with its archive and library is held for the nation at the National Media Museum in Bradford, UK.

The Collection→


From Roger Fenton to the current incumbent The Society's Secretary, now known as the Director-General, has helped guide and manage The Society's activities and affairs.

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