PA Photos held a party last week at the Foreign Press Association to celebrate the launch of the 10-book series 20th Century Britain in Pictures
PA Photos has been capturing news photography for more than a century. With an archive of over 15 million images, the agency holds one of the most fascinating and extensive records of Britain in pictures. Now, in a landmark book series titled 20th Century Britain in Pictures, PA Photos charts a visual history of the nation through iconic images and rarely seen photos from their archives.
Published by Ammonite Press, the book series has been a year in the making and is published in November to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Press Association – the UK’s national news agency. Hand picked by PA Photos’ own archivists, each image has been scanned especially for the books, many from glass plates, ensuring the best possible quality of reproduction.
Martin Stephens, Assistant Managing Director said
‘We are very excited to be bringing these historical images into the public eye once more. It has been a fantastic research project that has uncovered incredible photos, some of which have lain unseen since they were first used in newspapers decades ago.’
Paul Richardson, Editor at Ammonite Press said,
‘Each book in the series chronicles a decade of British life. Alongside the major events that constitute formal history are found the smaller things that had equal, if not greater, significance for ordinary people at the time. While the photographers were working for that moment’s news rather than posterity, the camera records everything in its view: to modern eyes, it is often the backgrounds of these pictures, not their intended subjects, which provide the greatest fascination.’
Each book retails at £14.99.
The books are published by Ammonite Press and can be ordered online .