Since opening in 1895, Bishopsgate Library has held wonderful collections relating to photography in London. These were initially compiled by the Institute's second librarian Charles Goss who was determined to build a record of the development of photography in the capital, alongside it's ever growing collections of books, maps, directories and press cuttings. The emphasis of this collecting policy was to record the everyday life of London and the Library has specialised in collecting street photography and social and cultural images of London, rather than portraiture or people. The collections are also not limited to famous or esteemed photographers.
The Library now holds extensive photographic collections, comprising over 100,000 images, either in physical or digital form. New collections are continually be added and we are always looking to accept new images that record the social and cultural history of the metropolis.
Please click on the links on the side menu to your left to further explore the photographic collections.