Press Release - 28th July 2017

Free Heritage Tours

Winters Victorian Photographic Studio opens again for Heritage Open Days.
Free tours of the studio are available to book on the 7, 8 & 9 September at 10am & 12.30pm. Simply contact the studio to book your place. (Winters is on holiday from 9 to 15 August - you can leave a message on our answerphone for when we get back or we will be monitoring emails).
Winters Staff Photo circa 1910 Man in rowing clothes


Press Release - 21st April 2017

Oldest Photographers in the World!

We have finally benn able to nail down a date for the inception of W. W. Winter Photographers.
We knew the business originated with E. N. Charles, and after going through the British Library Newspaper archives we found this little gem: Newspaper announcement dating W. W. Winter to 1852
Taken from Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, April 10, 1863, the announcement dates the business back to 1852.
With this confirmation, we can now proudly proclaim that W. W. Winter is the oldest and longest running photography studio in the world!


Press Release - 6th January 2017

Celebrating 150 years of 45 Midland Road, Derby

150th anniversary of possibly the oldest portrait photography business in the world!
1867 - 2017

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the historic buildiong on Midland Road, Derby which has witnessed and recorded generations of Derby citizens and visitors. From families, dignitaries, royalty, and prisoners of war, Winters has photographed them over the last 150 years.
The building was known for many years as the Alexandra Rooms (and by appointment to King Edward VII who Winter photographed the King and his hunting party at Chatsworth in Derbyshire) and was built by Walter William Winter for his expanding photographic.
Whilst winning many medals for his fine art photographic portraiture, Winter was also and was involved in the Derby Photographic Society, and the early days of Derby Chamber of Commerce, was elected an Alderman in 1903, and appointed magistrate in 1906.

The business was sold in 1910 to Winter's chief assistants William Hubert King and Harold Bernard Shephard, and has been in the King family ever since.

The building holds a huge unexplored photographic archive housing many years of work for Derby businesses such as Rolls-Royce, British Celanese, Bemrose and Sons, and images of the changing townscape.
Will the help of East Midland HLF, a smal start has been made on researching, recording, and storing the original negatives, but there are many thousands left uncovered which need protection against deterioration if this history is to be preserved, and we are grateful to the burgeoning establishment of Friends of Winters for their support in this endeavour.

With exhibitions upcoming as part of FORMAT 2017, we whet your appetite with some of our archived images below!

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Press Release - 22nd July 2016

World's Longest Running Photography Studio

Free Heritage Tours in Derby
Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th September

With roots dating back to 1852, W. W. Winter is now the oldest portrait photography business still running!
According to Richard Keene's Derby Telegraph and Weekly County Advertiser, Monsieur Emmanuel Nicolas Charles has a photographic studio business in Derby from at least 1852, which was taken over following his death in 1863 by Walter William Winter.

The premises on Midland Road was purpose built as W. W. Winter's studio and art gallery and is gradually being sensitively restored to accommodate this wonderful heritage.

The public will be able to access the original daylight retouching rooms, ante-room will historical camera collection, original daylight photography studio, and many beautiful photographs detailing the history and heritage of Derby and its people.

Contact the studios on 01332 345224 or to book your place on a tour. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Where:W. W. Winter, 45 Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SP

When:Thursday 8th September 11.30am, & 2pm | Friday 9th September 2pm | Saturday 10th September 10am, 12 noon, & 2pm

Note: Tours are free and suitable for all ages, however they are accessed via a flight of stairs.

Booking Essential as numbers are limited
Phone on 01332 345224 or email

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Press Release - 4th September 2015

Unique Camera Exhibition in Derby

Historical Camera Collection On Display
Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th September

As part of National Heritage Open Days 2015, W. W. Winter are delighted to present an exhibition of historical cameras featuring 'The Cameron Collection' alongside Winter's own vintage photographic equipment.
The exhibition showcases the development of camera technology from the earliest long exposure studio cameras to smaller more mobile plate cameras, and upto and including the invention of digital photography.

The studio cameras indicate the size of the equipment used in the early days and the challenges the photographers would have faced needing to work under a cover, viewing inverted images on a ground glass screen with the subject holding a still pose for up to two minutes.
Smaller plate cameras soon enabled the photographer to go mobile and later cameras show the move towards smaller plates. These eventually came down to the even smaller format that was transferred to roll film towards the end of the nineteenth century.

On loan from Geoff and Hazel Blackwell 'The Cameron Collection' was established and developed by Frank Cameron, a Nottingham amateur photographer who used the cameras to illustrate talks to youth groups about photography. Following his death in 2009 the collection was taken over by Jackie Blackwell, his great niece who had worked in the industry for a number of years. The collection has recently been maintained by Jackie's parents Geoff (Treasurer of the Royal Photographic Society) and Hazel Blackwell and enhanced by purchases and donations.

Additions to the collection have been received from Bromley House, Nottingham, from items surplus to their own needs. Bromley House contained the first professional photographic studio in the East Midlands from 1841.
The collection also includes a number of direct donations from photographers in the Derby area.


Press Release - 14 August 2015

Photo History & Heritage Days at W. W. Winter, Derby

W. W. Winter photographers will be taking part for the third time in National Heritage Open Days, running from Thursday 10th September. Winter's first heritage open days in 2013 were the catalyst for a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid. This has spring-boarded a long-term project to rescue and archive glass plate negatives ranging in age from the Victorian era to the 1950's. Now that the first phase of this project has been completed Winter's are delighted to share the discoveries made over the last 12 months.

Project volunteers and coordinators have been able to piece together some of the history and heritage of the business, the Winter family, and Derby's people and places. Take a tour around this original Victorian photographic studio, to experience a host historic images, photographic heritage, local history, and results from the archiving project so far.

The Heritage Open Days tour allows you to wander around the purpose built (1867) photo studio, waiting room, back rooms, and daylight retouching rooms which are full of intriguing artefacts accumulated over nearly 150 years of the photographic studio's business.

This year we are also supported by Love Architecture, from the Royal Institute of British Architects, who join Heritage Open Days this year to tell the architectural story of buildings - past, present and future, through a series of interpretation boards, talks, architect-led tours and special events taking place across the four-day festival. Winter's are delighted to have a Love Architecture exhibition board on display showing plans of the site dated 1909.

Contact the studios on 01332 345224 or to book your place on a tour.
Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

W. W. Winter, 45 Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SP
Thursday 10th September 10am, 12 noon, & 2pm
Friday 11th September 10am, 12 noon, & 2pm
Saturday 12th September 10am, 12 noon, & 2pm
Note: Tours are free and suitable for all ages, however they are accessed via a flight of stairs.


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