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A photograph of waves crashing into the shore.
CREDIT: The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A

Historical

Welcome to the Historical Group

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group was founded in 1972 to promote knowledge of the history of photography in all its aspects, and to encourage the preservation of photographs, photographic equipment and documents relating to the history of photography. 

The Group acts as a forum for all members and non-members world-wide with an interest in photographic history, from the early-nineteenth century to the present day. We also publish a journal, The PhotoHistorian, three times year.

Watch 'Introduction' video here

Our Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July 2024 (1900 UK time).

Chair's Report 2023-2024

Final Accounts 2023-2024

Committee Nomination Form 2024 2025

AGM Minutes 2023

Our next online talk is the ''Dillwyn Llewelyn/Story-Maskelyne photographic archive' featuring relatives of William Henry Fox Talbot on Tuesday 9th July 2024 (1800 UK time).

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Watch archive recordings of Online Talks

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A photograph of a crowd gathering round a boy looking through a telescope.
CREDIT: The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A
A salted paper print of a row of books in Fox Talbot's library
CREDIT: The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A