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Research - Press Photography in the mid 20th century

The Daily Herald: The anatomy of a newspaper photographic archive. I am working on a Collaborative Doctoral Award (with the PHRC at De Montfort University, and the National Media Museum) researching the image making practices of the Daily Herald newspaper. Using the original photographs, records and filing categorisation I aim to draw out the day-to-day activity of the Daily Herald and its photographic and archival practice.

I am keen to undertake a series of oral history interviews to get first-hand accounts of routine working practices. I hope to interview staff and agency photographers, but also the other professions involved in the commissioning, selecting, editing and storage of images for the paper: picture editors, printers, darkroom and library staff - anyone who was involved in the cycle of production and use of images in the newspaper.

If you'd like to know more, or if you or one of your contacts would be interested and willing to participate, please get in touch with me. I will then send further information about the research, and how the information will be used, and answer any questions.


Rebecca Smith

Image: James Jarché, A group of press photographers wait to take a photograph of the King, Daily Herald archive, 1983-5236/10458

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