Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840 to 1940

their photographs and their studios

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 related data

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How we can help you

If you want to try to identify who is in your photograph   click here   

Also, if you want to

  • date a family photograph – click here 
  • research a photographer or see an example of their work – click here
  • read some really interesting biographies of photographersclick here
  • see images of old photographic studios – click here
  • sell your old photographs, albums or camerasclick here
  • obtain images for publication or display – click here


We no longer provide studio dates and addresses for dating your family photographs as these alone can sometimes be mis-leading and inconclusive. Photograph dating is now provided only via our DIY Photo Dating Wizard or our Custom Dating service – for more information please click here.

Please note: we do not hold

  • the records/day books of any photographer; therefore we cannot identify the person in your photograph from a reference number written on your photograph mount
  • the negatives of any photographer; therefore we cannot provide copies of other family photographs taken at the same time as a photograph that you may already have in your possession
  • the original stock of photographs of any photographer.

A charge is made for some of our services to help maintain the archive. Thank you.

For further information, please contact us. 

Extensive information is available on

  • 33,000 photographers from the Victorian era and later – up to 1940
  • Over 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


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