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

27th January - 13th May

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.

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Image: Opening of Berwick May Fair, 1951. Courtesy of Berwick Record Office