Many early photographs are the work of local commercial photographers from a time when few individuals had access to a camera.
Although Henry Taunt (1842-1922) is perhaps Oxfordshire’s most celebrated photographer, many other local photographers have flourished in the county.
Lists of Photographers
You can download our lists of known photographers in both city and county:
If you have any information about the photographers listed - or any examples of their work - that you would like to share with us please let us know. Equally, if you know of any Oxfordshire commercial photographers who are not listed, please help us fill the gaps in our record.
References to published material
Copies of the following books and journal articles about local photographers are available for consultation at Oxfordshire History Centre:
- Abingdon Area Archaeological & Historical Society, A century of photography in Abingdon: catalogue (Oxfordshire Rural Community Council local history competition catalogue, 1980) - shelfmark: p ABIN/770
- Mervyn L Smith, Photographers in Abingdon 1863-1909 (Royal Photographic Society. Historical Group, 1979?) - shelfmark: p ABIN/770
- Sarah Gosling, From daguerrotype to dry plate : the growth of professional photography in Banbury, 1850-1920, Cake & Cockhorse, vol.9, no.6, Summer 1984, 158-164. shelfmark: ov 944/(BAN)
- Bryan Brown (editor), The England of Henry Taunt, Victorian photographer : his Thames, his Oxford, his Home Counties and travels, his portraits, times and ephemera (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973) - shelfmark: oz 920/TAUN
- Malcolm Graham, Henry Taunt of Oxford : a Victorian photographer (Oxford Illustrated Press, 1973) - shelfmark: p 920/TAUN
- Mervyn L Smith, Professional photographers in Oxford, compiled from local directories (Royal Photographic Society. Historical Group, 1982) - shelfmark: p OXFO/770/(SMI)