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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

About us

Boy looking through telescope, Paul Martin


Membership of the Historical Group is diverse and includes includes historians, academics, museum professionals, auction specialists, collectors, dealers, and general enthusiasts. Our interests range from particular photographers, aesthetic movements, cameras, processes and photographic technology. Articles on these and other topics are published in The PhotoHistorian, the illustrated journal of the Group.

The Group runs a programme of talks and lectures, an annual research day, and visits to photographic collections in the UK and abroad. Past trips include Paris (2011 and 2014), Hungary (2013), Amsterdam (2014), Wetzlar, Germany (2017) and Lyon and Chalon-sur-Saône, France (2019). 

The group also represents an expert body of knowledge on historical photographic matters, and is willing whenever possible to assist members and others with their research.

Membership of the Historical Group is available to members of The Royal Photographic Society at a cost of £20 per annum which includes The PhotoHistorian three times each year, email newsletters and reduced admission to Group events.

The Annual General Meeting is normally held in March.

Contact us 

Chair: Gilly Read FRPS 

Treasurer: Geoff Blackwell ARPS

Secretary: Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS

Web editors: Kate O'Neill and Roger Farnham

Committee members:

Dr Ed Bylina

Dr Rob Crow FRPS

Richard Fattorini

Janine Freeston ARPS

Brian Liddy


Colin Ford CBE HonFRPS

Colin Harding