Ref NoJV
TitleJohn Vickers Photographic Archive
DescriptionJohn Vickers (1916 - 1976) was a noted photographer, of theatrical subjects, portraits and commercial and advertising material. His first photographic job was as a studio assistant to Angus McBean and Vickers learned much of his craft from McBean before starting his own studio. As well as portraits, Vickers also photographed a wide range of theatrical productions, including many at the Old Vic, for whom he was official photographer in the 1950s. He also photographed many student actors as well as debutants and socialites, members of the military and businessmen. Vickers also undertook a range of commercial commissions, photographing businesses, their products and staff members, including film production company J Arthur Rank and the toy theatre manufacturer J Arthur Rank as well as photographing industry leaders and creating advertising material for a wide range of firms, from watchmakers Rolex to crusie liner Elder Dempsett. For these commercial commissions, Vickers developed a variety of 'special effects' techniques and the archive represents these techniques well, including both the finished products and the negatives showing the various stages of the processes. The archive also contains material relating to the operation of John Vickers' photographic studio, including financial records, sitting diaries and appointment books, correspondence, manuscripts for Vickers' articles on photography, documentation of his work relating to wider issues around creative industries, including a Parliamentary Committee on Living Artists and photography of archaeological sites with the National Monuments Record and correspondence and teaching materials relating to the school of photography that Vickers founded. There are also scrapbooks compiled between 1938 and 1958, many including copies of publications using Vickers' photography as well as personal material including personal photographs and snapshots, correspondence and cards and personal documentation. The archive comprises approximately: 21,000 prints; 16,500 glass plate negatives; 20,000 film negatives and 18,000 slides.
Date1845 - 1976

John Vickers Photographic Archive

Extent100 boxes, 9 oversized boxes, 1 plan chest drawer
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