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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:  BRADLEY, Frances    b: 1810      d:
Address: Newnham, Ely 1866-7, Fore Hill, Ely 1879
Working Dates: 1866-81
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: See below for William Bradley
References: Census 1871, 1881

Name:  BRADLEY, George    b: 1814 Ely Cambs      d:
Address: Ashley Heath, Ashley, Newmarket
Working Dates: 1861
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1861 census George was listed as a photographer, living at Ashley Heath, with his wife Eliza b: 1818 Barton Mills Suffolk and daughter Emma b: 1847 Barton Mills Suffolk. No trace can be found of George or his family in 1851, 1871 or 1881.
References: 1861 census

Name:  BRADLEY, William           b: 1797      d:
Address: Newnham, Ely 1866-7, Fore Hill, Ely 1879
Working Dates: 1866-79
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: See below two cartes de visite, author's collection, from the 1860/70s, on cream card with square corners, the reverse carries a rubber stamp "Bradley & Haydon, Photographers, Fore Hill Ely". This name does not appear in the directories. The second carte is dated 1878 on the rear. The same tassel-decorated chair-back appears as a studio prop in both images. On the second carte the image has been inaccurately cut, and this together with the rubber stamped rear suggests this firm may not have been the best in town, or they were operating on low volumes of work.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Mathiesons Directory of Cambridge Ely and Newmarket 1867 - Newnham and Ely
Kellys Directory of Cambridge 1866-7
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Nov 1879

According to the Census, in 1871 William Bradley b. 1797 was at 111 Newnham Ely, he was a retired postman. His wife Frances Bradley b. 1810 is however described as a photographer. In 1881 the couple were 10 years older and living at Fore Hill Ely, William was described as a pensioner and Frances as a photographer.

Haydon was the surname of Ely photographer Martha Bolton by a previous marriage. Co-incidence - or more likely that the two families were connected together professionally? There was also another partnership "Bradley and Bolton" (see below), which makes the connection more likely

Carte de visite, Bradley and HaydonReverse Bradley and Haydon carte de visite

Carte de visite Bradley and HaydonCarte de Visite 1878

BRADLEY & HAYDON see BRADLEY, William

Name: BRADLEY & BOLTON - see BRADLEY, William and BOLTON, T
Address: Fore Hill, Ely
Working dates: 1870s?
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: This is most likely a relatively short partnership between Frances Bradley (see above) and Martha Bolton (see above), which never had an entry in local trade directories. See below for two examples of cartes de visite (author's collection) of young boys in Norfolk style jackets with white shirts and bow ties. These could in fact be two photographs of the same sitter. The reverse of the mounts are identical "Photographed by Bradley and Bolton Artists and photographers Fore Hill, Ely Cambs, copies of this picture can always be had. Portraits enlarged to any size and finished in oil or crayon". The quality of these finished cartes is mixed. The rear is printed to a high standard, but it appears that the mounts have been trimmed using a pair of scissors leaving uneven edges and imperfectly rounded corners - unless a previous owner has trimmed the mounts to fit them in an album.
References: No trace of the firm has been found in local directories.

Two cartes de visite by Bradley and Bolton, Ely

Reverse of Bradley and Bolton cartes

Name:  BRENNER'S BAZAAR
Address: High Street Wisbech. Brenner's Bazaars were run by Max Nusen Brenner (1879-1936), a Romanian entrepreneur who lived in Norwich.
Working Dates: c. 1918- 1930s
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Postcard producer, Wisbech. Not known at this stage whose images were used.
References: Powell, Roger and Bell, Robert, Britain in Old Photographs, Wisbech, Alan Sutton Publishing, 1972, pp 20 (1920s)
Michael Rouse, "Cambridgeshire in Early Postcards", Oleander Press, 1978. Brenner's Bazaar was mentioned in a shoplifting case in the Cambridge Daily News - Thursday 17 October 1918. Grantham Journal 8/2/1936 (death of Max Bremmer)

Name: BRISTOW, George Smart
Address: Albert Place Peterborough
Working Dates: 1850s
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Described as a portrait painter in local directories in 1847 and 1850 - did he then become involved with photographic portraits?
References
: Slaters Directory of Northamptonshire 1847 and 1850

Name:  BRITANNIA'S ELECTRIC PORTRAITS LTD, BRITANNIA STUDIOS from 1964
Address: 14 Long Causeway, Peterborough (in 1961 tel 5126) from 1964 at 15A Long Causeway, Peterborough
Working Dates:
Working Dates: 1924-71
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: See below, postcard sized print of an unknown child - the reverse shows the name of the photographer to be Britannias Portraits, with locations at Nottingham, Peterborough and Boston. It is difficult to date this, possibly from the 1930s. Below this is a 1930s postcard sized print of a seated young lady. On the reverse of this is the name of the firm "Britannias Electric Portraits Ltd with branches listed in 11 towns. By 1958 described as "Britannia Studios (Passport and Commercial) 5a Market Place, Tel 5126". (Britannia D and P Works at 15B Long Causeway in 1968). Their Peterborough premises were taken over in around 1960 by Campkins, and was run for them until 1964 by Eric Milward, then by Reg Wilcox.
References: Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1924, 1928, 1931, 1936, 1940. Kelly's Directory of Peterborough 1958
The Peterborough Advertiser Directory 1925, 1927, 1961. Peterborough Telephone Directory 1964. Eastern Counties of England Trade Directory 1966/1967 DA Yales Directory of Huntingdon and Peterborough 1967/1968, Peterborough Yellow Pages 1971. Companies House does not have a record of Britannia's Electric Portraits Ltd.

Britannia Studio portrait of unknown child
Reverse of Britannia studio portrait


Portrait of unknown young lady by Britannias Electric Portraits LtdReverse of Britannias Electric Portraits Ltd portrait

BRITANNIA STUDIOS see BRITANNIA'S ELECTRIC PORTRAITS LTD above

Name:  BROADBENT, Nancy J.G. (later SWAIN)  b: 30 May 1914      d:
Address: 25 Alpha Road Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1939
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1939 Register Nancy was listed as a photographer at the above address. At the same address were: Alfred Watts b: 1892, bank clerk, Florence R Watts b: 1894, William A Watts b:1919, Geoffrey D Watts b: 1927, Annie Broadbent b: 28/4/1886, widow, school teacher. Nancy married Kenneth TG Swain in 1941.
References:
1939 Register.

Name:  BROOM, Anderson (Andy) Charles  b: 1893 Cambridge  d: 1933
Address: 11 Priory Street Cambridge
Working Dates: 1913-1933
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Son of Anderson Broom, b: 1867 Cambridge, sign writer and decorator. Anderson trained initially as a printer. He became the first full time photographer of the Cambridge Chronicle, where he worked for 20 years.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Spalding’s Directory of Cambridge 1925-1933
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 20/5/1992,
Obituary, Cambridge Chronicle 13/9/1933 P12.

Name:  BROWN, Charles T.  b:1863 Scotland      d:
Address: Avenue Terrace, Godmanchester
Working Dates: c.1891
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
In the 1891 census Charles T Brown was shown as emplotyed as a photographic operator. He was a boarder, a single man, living at the home of a Mrs Elizabeth Wrighton. There is currently insufficient information to trace Charles in the 1881 or 1901 census returns.
References: 1891 England Census

Name:  BROWN, John Lawrence    (Later Brown & Co - see below)  b:  1876     d:
Address: Boro Studios, Wisbech, 7 York Row Wisbech (1904), Broad St March (1916)
Working Dates: 1904-21
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1891 census, John was living with his parents at 7 North End Wisbech and aged 15 was "learning the photographic business". Shown as Brown JL & Co, Broad St, March in 1916 and 1922. See below a cabinet photograph, c 1900, of two children, on grey mount with plain cream reverse and beveled edge. On the face is written in gilt lettering "JL Brown The Borough Studio Wisbech". Next is a carte de visite of similar age, on a grey card mount with gilt edge and plain reverse. On the face in gilt lettering is "J Lawrence Brown Borough Studio Wisbech". Below this is a photograph of the Church of St Andrew, Sutton-in-the-Isle, Cambridgeshire - 6 x 4 print on buff mount - no printing on the face. Printed on the back, possibly with a rubber stamp, maybe even a John Bull rubber stamp printing outfit, is "J L Brown photographer 7 North End Wisbech". The second initial is very unclear. This is probably one of Brown's earliest works while he lived with his parents. Brown later operated at Borough Studio, later in partnership with Lilian Ream, trading as Brown and Ream. Brown employed Alice Askew to run his studio in Broad Street March and in 1916 Alice bought the studio and set up on her own account. Brown retired in 1921 and Lilian Ream took over his Wisbech studio.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1904, 1916, 1922
Powell, Roger and Bell, Robert, Britain in Old Photographs, Wisbech, Alan Sutton Publishing, 1972, pp 33 (1910)
We are grateful to Nick Smith for information incorporated above concerning Alice Askew.

Cabinet photograph by JL Brown

Carte de visite by J Lawrence Brown

Sutton in the Isle Church by JL Brown

Reverse of JL Brown photograph

Name:  BROWN, John L      b:       d:
Address: Earith
Working Dates: 1898
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Could this be John Lawrence Brown before he operated in Wisbech, or is it a different photographer?
References: Kelly's Directory of Huntingdonshire 1898

Name:  BROWN and Co
Address: 9 York Row, Wisbech 1912, March in 1922
Working Dates: 1910-1922
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Postcard producer - also some portrait work. See below a postcard format portrait of a young girl in theatrical or fancy dress from the 1920s, the reverse states "Brown and Co Wisbech and March" ( may be earlier as Brown sold his March Studio to Alice Askew in 1916) . See also below a portrait of a seated lady 4 x 5.5in on embossed brown mount with gilt lettering "Brown & Co, Borough Studio, Wisbech. This portrait provides the direct link between this firm and John Lawrence Brown (above) at Borough Studio. Both of these portraits show Brown had mastered the technique of making his subjects stand out by the use of backlighting to fade out the background.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Rouse M “Cambridgeshire in Early Postcards”
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1912-16
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1922
Powell, Roger and Bell, Robert, Britain in Old Photographs, Wisbech, Alan Sutton Publishing, 1972, pp22 (1905), 32 (1910), 38 (1910), 39 (1910), 40 (1911), 41, 43 (1910), 45 (1914), 46 (1912), 47 (1914), 49, 53 (1910)

RPPC Portrait of child in theatrical or fancy dress by Brown and CoReverse of Brown& Co postcard

Portrait by Brown & Co, Borough Studio Wisbech

Name:  BROWN and REAM         
Address: Borough Studio 7 York Row, Wisbech
Working Dates: c.1908
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: This was a partnership between Lilian Ream and John Lawrence Brown at Borough Studio, formerly John Kennerell's business. The partnership ceased on John Brown's retirement in 1921 when Lilian Ream acquired the Studio. See below a postcard of show horse "Walsoken Pride" and carriage - oval mask, dated in manuscript on rear " 1908" - publisher shown as "Brown & Ream, Borough Studio Wisbech". For information on the legendry show horse "Walsoken Pride" see http://wisbech.ccan.co.uk/content/catalogue_item/newspaper-cutting-recalling-a-local-legendary-show-horse-walsoken-pride.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1908.

Postcard of Walsoken Pride by Brown and Ream 1908
Reverse of Brown and Ream postcard

Name: BROWNE, Alfred P. b:1883 d:
Address: 35 Grove Street, Peterborough
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1939 Register Alfred was shown as "Photographer Managing Camera Operator". His employer is not currently known. He was a single man living with his widowed mother Henrietta b: 1860, at the above address.
References:

Name: BRUCE   (B.A.NYE)   b:       d:
Address: 9 Northampton Street, Cambridge
Working Dates: 1948-1966
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: 1948 directory shows B.Nye (presumably Bruce Nye) as proprietor. An advertisement in Kelly's Directory of Cambridge 1964 and Spalding's Directory of Cambridge 1965/6 states: " BRUCE BA Nye. Private and Commercial Photography. Weddings a Speciality. Litho Printing and Plate Processing. Office and Works Factory Site, Milton, Cambridge." Below is an example wedding group from the 1950s with Bruce Nye backstamp. The Cambridgeshire Collection holds a series of aerial photographs from the 1950s and 60s taken by Derek Symonds for Bruce.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kellys Directory of Cambridge 1948-64, Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1965/6. Cambs Kelly’s 1964, 1965/66

Bruce Nye wedding group 1950s

Bruce Nye backstamp from wedding group above, 1950s

Name: BRUNNEY, Philip Alexander Lake b: 1913 Chatteris, d: 2003 See also RAMSEY AND MUSPRATT
Address: Ramsey and Muspratt's Studio at Post Office Terrace Cambridge
Working dates: c. 1934 to 1970

Subjects, styles, advertising and other relevant information: We are indebted to John Brunney, Philip's son, for most of the following information. Phillip joined the Cambridge Photographic Club in October 1934. His address at that time was 18 Panton Street Cambridge where he was living with his parents and brother. His father was a builder. Philip was obviously a practical, hands-on type of photographer as a few weeks later he was operating the Society’s projector for one of their meetings, a task normally entrusted only to their annually elected official "Lanternist". Philip joined the local photographic firm of Ramsey and Muspratt around 1936-37. He applied speculatively, taking a portfolio of his work into the studio and asking Lettice Ramsey if she might have any work for him. Lettice was impressed and thus started a life long friendship between Lettice and Philip and their respective families. Philip was particularly interested in cine photography and around 1938 made a film entitled "Children of Spain" depicting the lives of Basque refugee children who had escaped from the Spanish Civil War and were living in a charity hostel in Station Road Cambridge which had opened in 1937. The film was used to help with fundraising for the hostel. Helen Muspratt, partner in Ramsey and Muspratt, was also involved in work with these refugee children. Following the declaration of war in 1939, the College authorities removed all the stained glass from Kings College Chapel for storage elsewhere to avoid damage from air raids. Ramsey and Muspratt had the contract carefully to photograph every panel as it was removed to provide not just a record but an important key for later re-assembly. Philip was the young photographer who undertook this nationally important assignment.

Removal of stained glass windows Kings College 1939
Removal of stained glass windows, Kings College Cambridge (J Brunney family photographs)

Following the start of the war Philip enlisted in the armed forces. He volunteered to join the army as a camera man filming with the infantry, but recruiters instead directed him to photo reconnaissance work with RAF Bomber Command. After initial training at Farnborough he spent two years in Canada training allied pilots and air crew in the use of the heavy photographic gear used to identify targets and later to record bomb damage. In 1942 he took up operational duties at RAF Stradishall in Suffolk. These were harrowing times for Philip. Reconnaissance aircraft usually flew at the rear of large bomber formations to record damage and were often hit by increasingly accurate anti-aircraft fire. Philip was often first aboard returning aircraft to remove urgently required films even before medics could extricate wounded aircrew. The every-day sights of this job haunted him for the rest of his life. While with Bomber Command, Philip proposed and pioneered the use of infra-red film for target damage assessment, a technique which was taken into regular use.

PAL Brunney with PRU Spitfire 1946
PAL Brunney with PRU Spitfire 1946 (J Brunney family photographs)

After the war Philip returned to Cambridge and to his original job at Ramsey and Muspratt. By then he was a seasoned professional and shortly afterwards was made a Director of the firm. In another two-year-long assignment he was employed to photograph the Kings College stained glass again, this time for an academic study. His photographs of the stained glass have appeared in a number of publications, two of which are shown below. The negatives from the work have been deposited in the Cambridgeshire Collection. By 1957 an entry in Kellys Directory for Cambridge reads "Ramsey and Muspratt Ltd (Lettice Ramsey MA FIBP, & PAL Brunney AIBP), Post Office Terrace". Lettice Ramsey concentrated more on the artistic portrait side of the business and Philip undertook most of the commercial work and some portraiture, as well as increasingly managing the business side of the operation. For Philip lighting was the key to good photography: he believed that lighting and music could often tell a bigger story than words, and he was a great admirer of the work of the Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. On the commercial side Philip photographed many divers subjects including priceless college silverware and museum items for the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Portrait of PAL Brunney c 1955
Portrait of PAL Brunney c 1955 (J Brunney family photographs)

In 1958 Philip was at Marshalls Airport photographing aircraft when Arthur Marshall introduced him to Norman de Bruyne, the founder of Aero Research at Duxford, who wanted photographs taking of an aircraft held together by his firm's revolutionary resin glues. This led immediately to a job offer and so from 1958 until he retired in 1970 Phillip became an industrial and scientific photographer for Aero Research, later Ciba Geigy, in Duxford. Working for this innovative company not only enabled him to practice a wide range of still photography but also to combine his life-long loves of aircraft and cine work. Below is an example of Phillip's work at CIBA from 1962 - there were several illustrations in this technical note of this amazing 17ft sailing craft, built from paper and aerolite resin glue, by John Hookham, the son in law of James Lawrence Haynes. (Photo reproduced with the permission of Francis Hookham)

One of PAL Brunney's assignments at Ciba Geigy

A CIBA technical publication from 1962 illustrated by PAL Brunney (Francis Hookham)

As well as being a professional photographer, Philip was an authority on antique photographic equipment with a keen interest in the development of cameras. He collected and repaired cameras and projectors. Tom Johnson remembers that Philip was regularly in lengthy discussions with KP Cameras owner Thomas Howell about different camera models, and Phillip's son recalls that has father's opinions and services were often sought by major auction houses, necessitating a number of London visits and even the occasional repair of elaborate projectors at the family's home in Shelford.

Philip’s brother, Clement Thomas (Tom) Brunney, was also in the photographic business and worked as a salesman for RG Lewis while they had a photographic shop in Bradwells Court Cambridge and when that shop closed down he went to work for KP Cameras.

References: Kelly's Directory Cambridge 1957.
Minutes of the Cambridge and District Photographic Club 9 Oct 1934 and 4 Dec 1934.
The Windows of Kings College Chapel Cambridge by HG Wayment Published for the British Academy By Oxford University Press, London, 1972, ISBN 10: 0197259189 ISBN 13: 9780197259184
Late glass in Kings College Chapel by Dierick Velient and Peter Nicholson in Cambridge Antiquarian Society Proceedings 1995.
British Women and the Spanish Civil War Angela Jackson, Routlege 2002 Footnote 104 p 265.
Cambridge Daily News Wed 22 Mar 1939 for information about the Basque Hostel in Cambridge.
Obituary 2003: www.cambridge-news.co.uk/legacy-window-world/story-22454208-detail/story.html
A number of Brunney's negatives have been deposited by his family with the Cambridgeshire Collection.

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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

0 - 9 | Aa-Ak | Al-Ao | Ap-As | At-Az | Ba-Bak | Bal-Bam | Ban-Bd | Be-Bh | Bi-Bk | Bl-Bn | Bo-Bp | Br-Bt | Bu-Bz | Ca-Ck | Cl-Cn | Coa-Cor | Cos-Cz | Da-Dh | Di-Dq | Dr-Dz | Ea-Ec | Ed-Ez | Fa-Fh | Fi-Fz | Ga-Gd | Ge-Gq | Gr-Gz | Ha-Hd | He-Hh | Hi-Hn | Ho-Hz | I | Ja-Je | Jf-Jz | K | La-Ld | Le-Ln | Lo-Lz | Maa-Mad | Mae-Mar | Mas-Mb | Mc-Mi | Mj-Mz | Na-Nh | Ni-Nn | No-Nz | O | Pa-Pb | Pc-Ph | Pi-Po | Pr-Pz | Q | Ra-Rd | Re-Rh | Ri-Rz | Sa-Sb | Sc-Sf | Sg-Sk | Sla-Slz | Sma-Ss | Sta-Std | Ste-Sth | Sti-Sy | Ta-Ti | Tj-Tz | U | V | Wa-We | Wf-Wh | Wi-Wz | XYZ


 
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