New publisher for the RPS Journal

27 February 2014

Society news

Media Release - The RPS Journal publisher to change from June 2014

Bath, 27 February 2014 --   The Royal Photographic Society has announced that The Society’s RPS Journal will be published by Think Publishing Ltd under a new five year contract starting with the June 2014 issue. The change of publisher follows the end of the current contract in May, an extensive consultation with The Society’s 11,000 membership and a detailed tender process.

Dr Michael Pritchard The Society’s Director-General commented: “The RPS Journal has been published continuously since March 1853 making it the world’s oldest photography publication. The next phase in its evolution will be an exciting one with an exciting new design, two additional issues a year and extra pages. The content will reflect the interests and skills of members’ and their image-making and will support The Society’s wider remit within photography.”

Ian McAuliffe, CEO of Think Publishing Ltd said, “We are delighted that the Royal Photographic Society has chosen us to work with them on the RPS Journal, not only because of its rich heritage but its ability to recognise, celebrate and inspire great photography. Membership organisations are our area of expertise and we can’t wait to get started on this hugely creative and exciting project.”

The RPS Journal first appeared in March 1853 as the Journal of the Photographic Society to record the meetings and proceedings of the Society. It is has been published continuously ever since. Throughout the nineteenth century and in to the twentieth century it was a key publication for recording the technical and artistic developments of photography. Many of the great names of photography from Henry Talbot, Roger Fenton and Antoine Claudet to H P Robinson, P H Emerson and Frederick Evans are recorded in its pages and records of its exhibitions. The RPS Journal continues to form a record of photography and of the Society.  The RPS has recently digitized its Journal from 1853-2012 which is searchable and freely available at

For further information contact:  Dr Michael Pritchard, The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, E:, T: +44 (0)1225 325733.

The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity. It was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of photography’ and was granted the use of the title ‘Royal’ in 1894 and it’s Royal Charter in 2004. With a membership open to everyone The Society is the UK’s largest organisation representing photographers with over 10,000 members in the UK and abroad. The Society publishes the Photographic Journal and Imaging Science Journal and it holds over 300 events around the UK and abroad. Its world-class Collection of historic photographs, equipment and library is housed for nation at the National Media Museum, Bradford. For more information see:

Think Publishing Ltd. Think is one of the leading customer publishers in the UK, specialising in providing multiplatform content and communications strategy for membership, business and professional, and charity organisations. Think publishes magazines, websites, digital editions and books, in partnership with its clients, to award-winning standards. For more information visit