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The Archive of Smith, Berwick: from Photo-news Service to Photo Centre

The Archive of Smith, Berwick: from Photo-news Service to Photo Centre

The Granary Gallery
Dewar's Lane (2nd Floor YHA)
Off Bridge Street
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1HJ

01289 330999

The Archive of Smith

Overview

The Archive of Smith, Berwick: From Photo-News Service to Photo Centre.

When David Smith began his photo news agency in Berwick in 1951, demand for his work came thick and fast at a local and national level. An experienced journalist with a keen eye for a story, he captured a wide range of subjects, from a visiting celebrity to a runaway circus elephant, not to mention a host of wedding and portrait commissions. As the business expanded, Smith opened the Photo Centre on Bridge Street and was joined by his son Ian and a team of staff photographers. On Ian Smith’s retirement in 2012, the company archive represented a remarkable record of the town and its people and was acquired by the Berwick Record Office.

Drawing on this unique collection 'The Archive of Smith, Berwick' tells the story of this family run press agency and photo studio, and place it in the context of broader developments in photography.

The Archive of Smith, Berwick has been co-commissoned by Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Record Office and curated by Cameron Roberton with Kate Best.

The exhibition has been kindly supported by Allan Brothers, Berwick Preservation Trust, Freemen of Berwick, Friends of Berwick & District Museum, Greaves, West & Ayre and the University of Cumbria.

Every photograph tells a story and it is important to capture this.

Have you visited the exhibition at the Granary and can you provide us with any information about some of the people in the photographs or the events depicted? If so, we are running a couple of sessions at the Granary Gallery where you can come along and share this with Linda Bankier, Archivist and Cameron Robertson, curator.

The sessions are :

Friday 23rd March, 11–1
Saturday 24th March, 11-1
Friday 20th April, 11–1
Saturday 21st April, 11-1


Just turn up and tell us what you know as these stories bring the photographs to life and
should be captured for the future.
For further information, contact berwickarchives@northumberland.gov.uk 

The Archive of Smith, Berwick: from Photo-news Service to Photo Centre takes place at...
Dewar's Lane Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Museums and galleries)

Ticketing information

Type Entry for Guide price
Free
(Free Admission)
£0.00
per ticket

Free Admission (donations welcome)

Dates & times for The Archive of Smith, Berwick: from Photo-news Service to Photo Centre , Berwick-upon-Tweed

From To

Gallery open:

Wednesday-Sunday 11am-4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

Every photograph tells a story and it is important to capture this...

The drop-in sessions are :

Friday 23rd March, 11–1
Saturday 24th March, 11-1
Friday 20th April, 11–1
Saturday 21st April, 11-1

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The Archive of Smith, Berwick: from Photo-news Service to Photo Centre

Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1HJ

01289 330999

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