About Francis Frith and our Company
If you are reading this it is likely you will already have viewed
part of the vast archive of images that comprise The Francis Frith
Collection by browsing this website and searching for photographs
of places of interest to you.
As well as reminding you of the places that have been important
in your life, you will have been drawn into the detail of the images,
the buildings, the mode of transport of the era and the fashions
worn by the countless people captured forever in a photograph as
they went about their daily business – perhaps at a more leisurely
pace than we experience today! You may have found images of buildings
now demolished – or been surprised by how a scene has changed very
little, except perhaps for the cars.
But did you know that the excitement you feel as you enter this
world and marvel at the number of photographs and the social history
they contain is matched in the story of the Collection itself? It is
a story of a man who was a successful entrepreneur, an adventurer,
a man who took a camera to parts of the world that had not been
photographed before and then had the vision to create a record of
Britain - through a period of enormous change.
This is also the story of how these images were almost lost to the
world – but saved within a week of the bulldozers moving in and
destroying them forever...!
Managing Director of The Francis Frith Collection.
Who was Francis Frith?