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I wonder whether any members can offer advice on finding a home for an archive of industrial photography? This collection relates to one major assignment undertaken in 1993/4 by noted industrial photographer, the late Donald D. Fraser FBIPP FRPS and myself Clive Friend FBIPP. We worked as two teams across the UK, Europe and North America illustrating the substantial range of industrial premises owned by the Caradon Group. The purpose was to produce a corporate book for the Caradon Group of all their possessions. The range of industrial processes illustrated was very wide. This assignment was significant for various reasons. It was probably one of the largest single industrial photography commissions undertaken and given the time, probably one of the last to use film We investigated digital possibilities but concluded that digital had not yet reached the standard we would require for this project. Consequently, all images were produced on colour negative and positive materials. Don used Hasselblad 6x6 and I used Mamiya RZ 6x7. I have a complete set of all images produced in both negative and positive forms plus a quantity of the books we produced. We used electronic flash to light some very large areas. This collection is also a record of a world of industry as it was nearly 30 years ago.
Don was a flamboyant personality who undertook his assignments with great style. The collection includes many striking images mostly unseen outside this project. The Caradon Group no longer exists and Don Fraser died in an accident in Australia in 2001.
I would like to find a worthwhile repository for these images where they will be conserved and accessible to future generations.
Please get in touch if you are able to help or advise.
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