Derby Master Class

12201207476?profile=originalI'm researching the Derby Master Class project.  Initiated by Nigel Trow at the Derbyshire College of Higher Education in 1975/76 it brought a number of internationally recognised photographers to the course at the institution.  It ran for several years as a very distinctive feature of the course before gradually reverting to a more recognisable Visiting Artist programme.  I have the archive materials assembled by Richard Sadler, who taught at Derby through the period (courtesy of his Estate) and hope to publish a small monograph on the subject.

In addition I have other materials, catalogues, pamphlets, magazines and cuttings on a range of photographic activities relating to the late seventies and eighties that I'd happily pass on to anyone conducting research into the period.  If you are interested I will shortly post the listings of what is available.

Regarding the Master Class programme - if you were involved, as staff, student, or otherwise I'd be interested in making contact.

Image: Minor White, portrait by Richard Sadler, taken Nov. 1975 at Derby Master Class, Derbyshire College Of HE.

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  • Hello Steve,


    Thanks again, hope life treats you well.

  • Hi David

    Yes, it's me. Send me your email and I'll ask John if he is happy to be in touch about this.


  • Thanks for this, I've very little from the period of the mid eighties onwards until 1994 when I arrived at Derby during a period of much turbulence! If by any chance you're the Steve Edwards I know then you know as much about it as me! If not apologies. I don't have a contact for John X now but it would be useful to be in contact.

  • I was teaching there during the final Master class with Allan Sekula who presented a lecture and we did a dialogue following the publication of Fish Story in 1995.

    The person you need to get in touch with is John X Berger, who will know more about the series.

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