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Date updated: 2/04/2021

Photographs can be found throughout the collections at LMA as positive or negative images. Many are arranged in topographical and subject series but we also hold collections by individual photographers and collections compiled by institutions, for example hospitals and businesses. Particular strengths are the recording of London's architecture, including schools and housing, and images portraying Londoners. Other photographs found in our archive collections record London's national and international outlook. 

Highlights include:

One of our oldest photographic images is a daguerreotype dating from the 1840s showing the Monument from Gracechurch Street with St Magnus the Martyr in the background.

A very early photograph: A daguerreotype showing the monument in the 1840s
A very early photograph: A daguerreotype showing the monument in the 1840s

Society for Photographing Relics of London

The Society was established to record buildings thought to be under threat of demolition following concerns at the rapid pace of change and the redevelopment of the City. Over a hundred photographs were produced between 1875 and 1886. 

View of the White Hart Inn yard, Southwark, 1881. Two figures can also be seen standing in a doorway.
View of the White Hart Inn yard, Southwark, 1881. Two figures can also be seen standing in a doorway.

The London County Council (LCC) / Greater London Council (GLC) collection.

This collection alone holds over 300,000 photographs depicting all aspects of London life and documenting over 100 years of metropolitan activity in the capital. Many have been digitised and are available on The London Picture Archive.

High Street, Foots Cray, Bexley, 1910
High Street, Foots Cray, Bexley, 1910

George W F Ellis Collection

Ellis was a commercial photographer who recorded London and Londoners in the 1920s. His collection is available to view on The London Picture Archive.

Joey' - the Clapham Old Town Fire Brigade's Mascot, 1924
'Joey' - the Clapham Old Town Fire Brigade's Mascot, 1924 (standing on the right)

Chris Schwarz Collection.

Chris Schwarz was the photographer in residence at the Albany theatre in Deptford, south east London, in the 1970s and early 1980s. As well as photographing the activities at the Albany he also recorded life in Deptford and the surrounding area.

A taste of Cuba' - Fruit stall outside the Albany, Douglas Way
'A taste of Cuba' - Fruit stall outside the Albany, Douglas Way