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Why Join British Photographic History?

I took over the stewardship of the Trinity Mirror collection back in 2004. Since then I have when possible try to discover a little of the history and careers of our earliest photographers and where possible try to credit their work.

Back in 1904 when the Daily Mirror became the first UK daily newspaper to print photographs on a regular basis published images simply carried the credit Daily Mirror. Little credit was given to photographers like Ivor Castle, Tom, Bernard and Horace Grant who were the pioneers of photo-journalism in this country.

My aim, and the reason for joining British Photographic History is to unearth as much information I can find out about these forgotten heroes of Edwardian photo-journalism. 

Can you help?

If you have any information I would be delight to hear from you.

John Mead

Ivor Castle the first photographer employed by the Daily Mirror in 1904

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Comment by Lesley Valentine on February 26, 2012 at 19:27

I am granddaughter of Ivor Castle and have some family photos, also some of his WW1 photos (which you may already have).   Happy to share anything I have.

Lesley (nee Castle)

Comment by Will Carleton on February 24, 2012 at 14:35

Thanks for the link Michael - enjoying your work on the British Photo History site!


Comment by Will Carleton on February 24, 2012 at 14:28

John  - if you would like to write something up about those photographers - detail what you are wanting - I would be happy to post it on the site, just let me know if you want readers to contact you directly or via me. if directly include an email address or number to contact you on - will include it in the article. Will.

Comment by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2012 at 13:03

The Press Photo Hsitory Project 

There is a link to this excellent project on the right-hand side bar. 

Comment by John Mead on February 24, 2012 at 10:05

Hi Will I would be very grateful, any information would be of assistance. I am especially interested in George Mewes who worked for the Mirror during the first world war and went on to form the Photographic Advertising Limited agency. 

Many Thanks 


Comment by Will Carleton on February 24, 2012 at 7:58

Hi John, my Press Photo History project at is turning up reseach results related to photo agencies and press photographers from 1904.... happy to post a request for info on there for you.



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