Great news here – this site has been listed on the British Library’s UK Web Archive.
We were contacted last year by the British Library archiving team who had identified the site as a useful resource.
The Press Photo History project is currently mapping the photo agencies and photographers of Fleet Street, with a long term plan to map all press photo agencies throughout the world.
More on the British Library project here webarchive.org.uk
I’ve just discovered your website and project – what a great idea!
I wonder if you can help me trace the copyright owner of Sidney Bishop who is listed on your website. We have an image in our archive collection that we would like to use but I have had no luck tracing the company. The full details are Sidney Bishop Studio 4 New Bridge Street Fleet St EC4. Do you have any further information to that which is on your website?
Beck Webster – Archivist at the Institute of Education, University of London
if you hold the copyright to this collection please get in touch: email@example.com
Just wondering if you’d be willing to circulate this around your archive contacts.
I would like to locate an image for a civilian veteran of the Vietnam war who was employed by the Save The Children Fund. Aid worker Norman Storer was present at the evacuation of Qui Nhon, Vietnam around March 31 – 2nd April 1975. He was then involved in ‘Operation Babylift’ in Saigon.
He recalls he was photographed boarding a aircraft at Qui Nhon belonging to Air America. Apparently photographs of this particular evacuation were published in US news media (I don’t know where) with the caption of “last American out of Qui Nhon” or words to that effect although he was not named. In this photo he describes he had his foot on a kit bag.
If anyone can give me any guidance on where this image might be found I would be most grateful. Norman’s children would like to locate it and make a surprise gift of it as this is the only photograph he knows that was published of his work with Save The Children. He was in fact a British citizen.
There is an archive of Save The Children’s work in Vietnam but it is not accessible or searchable. I have asked the Air America archive at www.utdallas.edu
‘William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) is widely considered to be the founder of photography. His personal archive, currently in private hands, is now up for sale for an estimated price of £2.2 million. The Bodleian Libraries have been awarded £1.2 million by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and have until the end of February 2013 to raise the remaining funds to acquire this Archive.’
‘The Archive contains pieces key to our heritage, including some of the first family photographs and the earliest surviving photograph by a woman. It is of unparalleled importance in understanding the background to Talbot’s pioneering The Pencil of Nature – the first commercially printed book to contain photographic illustration (a milestone in publishing history). It shows the influence Talbot’s family surroundings had on the composition of, and inspiration for, his photographic discoveries and includes some of the artefacts photographed for The Pencil.’
Mirrorpix have sent these images of Charles Ley, a Mirror staff photographer for 40 years -retired in 1980- who has died at the age of 87. (3rd Jan)
Charles took the famous picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their “bed-in for Peace” -above top- in the Amsterdam Hilton in 1969.
More images by Charles during his time at the Mirror Newspaper can be found here
Thanks to Mel, Ferg & John at the Mirrorpix archives for sourcing the images on this article.
Find more on Charles’s life here at Press Gazette
above: Mike at the Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2012 – by PPHP
From reader Mike Conway – currently a photo editor at EPA – writes:
It was started in the early 1900s by a man called Wallenstein (spelling cud be off). Like many of the picture agencies of the time (and fleet street had more than half a dozen ) it was a breeding ground for some famous photographers. At the height of the newspicture business in 1930s Planet News made a reciprocal arrangement with the New York based Acme Newspicture company that later became part of the United Press (later UPI). Planet carried on as Planet during and after the second world war until 1958 when UP made a take over of the INP (International News Photo Agency) which was part of the Hearst empire. This then became UPI.
UPI bought a controlling share in Planet around 1966 – killing off the Planet name
Herbert andy Andrews was chief photographer for Planet up until the early 60s (see photo below) He made several iconic pictures including Capt Nielsen waving from the deck of the sinking Flying Enterprise in 1952, the departure of Queen Elizsabeth from Westminster Abbey at the Coronation in 1953. He was first to arrive at the Lymouth floods in Devon in 1952. During world war II he was attached for a time in the US forces as a war correspondent. In the late 1930s he was present at a couple of rallies in Germany.
He died in the early70s, tragically taking his own life.
FYI PLANET’S EARLY DAYS WERE spent in the old Dr. Johnson’s House in Gough Square, one of the many courts of Fleet Street. (that was also central press photos location).
after Express news I went to press association photos, then central press photos, then upi, back to central press for a couple years before returning to UPI, was transferred to Frankfurt. After a break of 9 years i worked for Reuters before finally ending at the european pressphoto agency (epa) I officially retired on 30 april (2012) but continue to work at epa on part time basis.
If you would like to sponsor the PPHP please call Will on:
or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Press Photo History Project is a PhotoArchiveNews.com site
This project is currently mapping the photo agencies and photographers of Fleet Street, with a long term plan to map all press photo agencies throughout the world.
While research is ongoing the PPHP provides a daily service reconnecting image buyers with image owners through a world network of contacts at newspaper archives and commercial photo libraries. In the UK a recently proposed Digital Economy Bill Clause 43 gives the opportunity for publishers to get licensing powers for orphan images after merely a diligent search for it’s author.
Why is it important?
At the turn of the 20th century, there was a vast growth in press agencies and photographers due to the massive thirst for images in newspapers. Many are still in existence but others have been sold, absorbed or simply disappeared, effectively leaving gaps in the history of this industry.
The Press Photo History Project is building a 'family tree' of the industry, which is helping to find the original owners of content. Eventually this would also provide an educational resource centred on the history of press photography. Starting with the Mapping of Fleet Street, this aims to include an index to photo agencies working in and around the 'street' and photographers memories of working lives.