Arabella Goddard, pianist, by T. R. Williams, c.1857. Stereo daguerreotype. Brian May Collection.

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Michael Pritchard

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS became interested in photography and photographic history when he was 11 years old and has been active in the field ever since. After university, he joined Christie’s as a photography specialist in 1986 organising specialist auctions and handling many rare cameras and photographs. He left in 2007 to start a PhD which examined the growth of British photographic manufacturing and retailing between 1839 and 1914. On completion in 2010 he taught on De Montfort University’s MA History of Photography programme photography and industry module and worked for the British Library on organising the Kodak Historical Collection. He joined the Royal Photographic Society as Chief Executive in 2011. Michael has lectured and broadcast internationally on many different aspects of photographic history and has authored a number of books on the history of the camera and photography, most recently A history of photography in 50 Cameras (Bloomsbury 2015).  He runs the British Photographic History blog ( in his spare time.