Photography: The World Through the Lens

The invention of photography represented a turning point in 19th century culture and visual experience. For the first time, the people, places and events that shaped history could be accurately captured. As a complement to studies of history, culture and media, Photography: The World Through the Lens provides the visual evidence to support and supplement written sources.

Photography: The World Through the Lens assembles collections of photographs, photograph albums, photographically-illustrated books and texts on the early history of photography from libraries and archives around the world.

Photography: The World Through the Lens delivers around 2 million photographs from Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Collections include:

British Admiralty Office Photographs, 1850s-1920s, The National Archives (Kew, United Kingdom)
British Colonial Office: Photographic Collection, 1850s-1920s, The National Archives (Kew, United Kingdom)  
Early Rare Photographs from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1840-1900  
The Hill and Adamson Albums: photographs by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843-1848, The National Portrait Gallery  
Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the Royal Archives, Windsor, 1845-1901  
Early Rare Photographic Books from the Northwestern Museum of Science and Industry Collection, Museum of Science and Industry  

Content was sourced from The National Archives, Kew, The British Library, Royal Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Library of Congress, and other prestigious partners.

Advisory Board Contributor:

• Professor Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University, Research Professor in Photographic History and Director of Photographic History Research Centre -