The History of Photography Archive is a privately owned collection of original 19th and 20th century photographs and related artifacts that traces the technical and artistic development of photography and photo-mechanical printing from their origins in England and France in the early 19th century up through worldwide use in the mid-20th century.

Tommaso Cuccioni - Tempio di Vesta, Roma

Tommaso Cuccioni – Tempio di Vesta, Roma

We have tried to identify important milestones in this fascinating history and then acquire original images, literature and equipment which illustrate these events. This is not a fine art collection – there are few masterpieces here of the kind sought by fine art photography collectors – but rather an archive designed to represent important developments and the innovators who made them.

John Burke - Khyber Pass

John Burke – Khyber Pass

The study of the history of photography is still evolving and so is this collection. We welcome your comments, corrections and suggestions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:

Bernice Abbott - Herald Square

Bernice Abbott – Herald Square