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Downloads, archives and educational resources.

As an educational charity, we offer free resources to all those with an interest in photography. These include our model release form (which has been downloaded over 10,000 times), inspiring teaching materials linked to our exhibitions, access to the archive of our RPS Journal going back to 1853, information on copyright and best practice for photographing wildlife. We will be adding to this section regularly.

Exhibition learning resources

The RPS in partnership with Photopedagogy provide educators with inspirational teaching resources that work alongside exhibitions shown in our gallery. These resources can however be used independently but are perfect for further study before, during and after a visit. The resources offer practical ideas, theory and insight into other creative practitioners’ work and extends the learning experience based around the subject matter.

We can also accommodate school visits to our exhibitions, please contact Liz Williams to discuss.

CREDIT: Derryn Vranch

Gallery Learning Resource

These resources are designed for the RPS International Photography Exhibition but also to support visits to other exhibitions of photography. They are designed with students in mind, particularly visitors aged 11 to 18. However, they can be enjoyed by all and easily adapted for a younger (or older) audience.

Please download the pack here

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Sugar Paper Theories

The Sugar Paper Theories exhibition resources includes interviews with the artist, curator and some of those involved in this fascinating case.  Alongside these you will find learning and teaching resources, for schools, colleges and individuals.


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Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond

Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond, an exhibition curated by Debbie Ireland celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing - one of humankind's most extraordinary adventures. Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond was on show at RPS House Bristol, 5 July - 29 September 2019

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Altered Ocean

Altered Ocean is a powerful exhibition by internationally award-winning photographer Mandy Barker, that raises awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, highlighting the effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves. Altered Ocean was on show at RPS House, Bristol 4 April - 23 June 2019


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Model Release Form

The RPS has commissioned this GDPR compliant Model Release Form which it is making available to all as part of its objectives of supporting photographers. A Model Release Form establishes a contract between the photographer and a model, defines how and where photographs may be used and the basis of any remuneration. It protects both the photographer and the model in the event of any dispute – provided the parties have abided by the terms of the release. This form is available in both Word and PDF formats for download.

RPS Journal Archive


Journal Archive

Freely available and fully searchable, a digital archive of the RPS Journal from 1853 to 2016 is available, providing an unrivalled wealth of photographic history at your fingertips. 

The RPS Journal first appeared in March 1853 and it has been published continuously ever since. It is the world's oldest photographic periodical and has reported Society activities as well as charting the changes in photography up to the present day. 

The Society has been able to digitise the entire run of the Journal from 1853 to 2015 over 30,000 pages. Fully searchable this is a major resource for photo-historians, genealogists and Society members. 

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Legacy Projects

The RPS has spearheaded a number of legacy projects. These include: Bleeding London which provided a snapshot in time of every road in London, Hundred Heroines which identified one hundred outstanding contemporary female photographers in the centenary year of when women gained the right to vote and Historical Heroines which highlighted one hundred incredible female photographers who are sadly no longer with us. If you are interested in any of these projects please click the links below or contact

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CREDIT: Michael Pritchard FRPS

Hundred Heroines

In 2018, to mark the centenary of the women’s right to vote in the UK, the Royal Photographic Society ran a public campaign to identify outstanding female photographers from around the globe. The response was overwhelming with nearly 5,000 people nominating more than 1,300 different candidates.  From this, a panel of luminaries from the photographic world selected a final list: The One Hundred Heroines, representing the best of the inspiring women from across the world, whose work is transforming photography and the visual arts.

Pictured: Jillian Edelstein HonFRPS receiving her medal.

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CREDIT: Julia Margaret Cameron / RPS Collection at the V&A Museum, London

Historical Heroines

After a hugely successful public nomination drive for contemporary photographic heroines, the public were asked to nominate their most admired historical photographic figures, those women no longer with us. And this time, the public was the jury. 

The Hundred Historical Heroines included: Tish Murtha, Jane Bown HonFRPS, Diane Arbus, Khadija Saye, Vivian Maier, Julia Margaret Cameron, Dorothea Lange, Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Maud Sulter, Shirley Baker, Lee Miller, Eve Arnold, Linda McCartney and Madame Yevonde.

Picture copyright: Julia Margaret Cameron.

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Bleeding London

Inspired by Geoff Nicholson’s Whitbread short-listed novel Bleeding London, in which a character named Stuart London walks the complete length and breadth London, Londoners and visitors to the capital followed in Stuart’s footsteps and photographed every street as they went.

1,700 photographers participated to produce 58,000 photographs. The images illustrate the exhilarating diversity that constitutes the fabric of the city. And the participants were just as diverse – from professionals to those who had picked up a camera for the first time. Unsurprisingly, a significant number of the photos were taken on phones.

Historical features

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Researching Historical Photographers

A feature by Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, RPS Director of Education and Public Affairs. "Many people wish to research historical photographers. Perhaps you are tracing your family history, a distant relative was photographer or you are trying to date an old photograph you have."

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CREDIT: © Michael Pritchard FRPS
How Can I Copy Old Photographic Plates?

A feature by Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, RPS Director of Education and Public Affairs. "One of the regular enquiries we receive is: “How can I get a photograph from an old glass plate”. These are usually negatives, but sometimes positives, such as  magic lantern slides."

CREDIT: © Michael Pritchard FRPS
Researching RPS history

The history of The Royal Photographic Society, its activities and membership are a key source for British photographic and social history. Dr Michael PritchardFRPS, RPS Director of Education and Public Affairs,  explains how you can research the RPS and its members. 

Other useful resources

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The Nature Photographers' Code of Practice

Revised in 1997 and 2007 in consultation with the RSPB and the three Statutory Nature Conservation Councils. Produced by The Nature Group of The Royal Photographic Society. “There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.”

UK Copyright Highway Code

The Royal Photograhic Society encourages all photographers to protect their images against copying and unauthorised use. The Society works closely with other organisations and photographers to provide support and education of the issues surrounding the making, sharing and using of images. This useful guide is produced by the British Copyright Council.

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Images for Science Catologue

The incredible images included in the exhibition offer an insight into the world of science photography, from the beauty of natural forms and outer space to the microscopic. To see images from the 2017 exhibition download the PDF here. To learn how to enter the next exhibition click here