Royal Photographic Society was founded in the
United Kingdom in 1853 as The Photographic Society "to
promote the Art and Science of Photography".
Unknown photographer: Exhibition
of the Photographic Society, London
In 1874 it was renamed the
Photographic Society of Great Britain
, and in 1894 it
became The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain
with the permission of Queen Victoria. The Royal Photographic
was granted a Royal
in July 2004.
It offers various levels of distinctions in photographic skills and
runs an extensive programme of lectures and events throughout the
United Kingdom and abroad, through local groups and special
interest groups. The Society owns a major historic collection
of photographs, photographic equipment and books which was
deposited with the National Media Museum in Bradford.
It publishes the 'Photographic Journal', whose editors have
included Jack Schofield
Besides membership, there are also distinctions that the society
These include (From lowest to highest distinction):
- LRPS: Licentiateship of the Royal
- ARPS: Associateship of the Royal
- FRPS: Fellowship of the Royal
In addition the RPS
offer Imaging scientist
distinctions that deal
with the mechanical, chemical and engineering aspects of
photography alongside the visuals.
Photographic Society. History