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  Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840 to 1940 their photographs, their studios and their customers


Was your ancestor a photographer? If so, find out more  


Want to date your old family photographs?

do try our DIY    Photo Dating Wizard    unique & guaranteed



Get information from the world’s largest collection of British and Irish carte de visite photographs and trade directories. 


Hand coloured cartes de visite by E T Church, Belfast 1 Hand coloured cartes de visite by E T Church, Belfast 2

 Two hand coloured cartes de visite by E T Church, Belfast


Extensive information is available on

  • 33,000 photographers from the Victorian era and later – up to 1940
  • 62,450 studio addresses and dates of operation
  • 6,000 customers (the sitters who posed for them)
  • nearly 50 fascinating biographies – big families, multiple marriages, financial woes and emigration – as well as the odd jail sentence !
  • FREE downloads about various aspects of Victorian photography – with more to follow shortly


The information, much of it unique, is taken from original cartes de visite and cabinet cards in the Victorian Image Collection and from trade directories collected over the last 30 years. Information from other sources such as the UK census is also available.


How can we help you?

If you want to

  • date a family photograph – click here 
  • identify who is in your photograph - click here 
  • NOTE: we do NOT hold any photographer’s original records NOR any negatives
  • research a photographer in your family tree or see an example of their work – click here
  • find out if we have a picture of your ancestors in our collection – click here
  • read some really interesting biographies of photographers – click here
  • see images of old photographic studios – click here
  • sell your old photographs, albums or camerasclick here
  • obtain images for publication or display – contact us

A small charge is made for some of our services to help maintain the archive of over 200,000 photographs. Thank you.

For further information, please contact us


Lovely Feedback

Hello Ron,  WOW!!!!!

Those pictures are great. I loved the art work and the script of Augustas’ name and design of the back of his pictures which leads me to new searches. Would the backs all been out at the same time or change as the years went by?  I now have art work drawn by my Great, Great grandfather, and also see the people that hopefully he  brought happiness capturing them in his work.

Can’t wait to see the ones coming in the post.  Kind regards and thank you for doing what you do. Wendy P and family – Australia.

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