About us

The British Institute of Professional Photography is an internationally recognised qualifying organisation with experience in supporting and networking professional photographers since 1901.

Early History

You might say that professional photography emerged in 1842, just three years after William Fox Talbot demonstrated his 'photogenic drawings'. An advertisement suggesting that photographic portraits would make useful Christmas presents resulted in studios being besieged with eager customers. From there, photography emerged as a viable profession.

On 28 March 1901 one hundred photographers assembled at a hotel in Fleet Street, and unanimously formed 'The Professional Photographers' Association'. Branches were formed in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Hull and Liverpool. 

By 1907 the membership stood at 757. Since then the numbers have pulsed up and down along with the times and there have been three name changes before settling with the British Institute of Professional Photography.