WW Winter is the longest continually running photography business in Britain and possibly, the world. Founded in Derby in 1852, the business has been operating from its purpose built studio premises since 1867. The Derby studio’s vast archive now contains thousands of negatives and prints, as well as various objects and ephemera relating to the history and practice of the business. People, Places and Things draws on this archive to show how this striking collection forms an important record of the interwoven personalities, industries and changing landscapes of the city. Furthermore, it contributes to the histories and legacies of studio photography in the UK and beyond through an ongoing programme of research and preservation.



One of the oldest Photography studios in the World, Winter's is a professional photo studio in Derby, renowned for family portraits and bespoke framing.

The origins of the company date back to the 1850’s with Emmanuel Nicolas Charles. His assistant Walter William Winter took over the business after Charles’ death and moved into new purpose built premises (designed by Derby architect Henry Isaac Stevens) in 1867. The building is Grade II listed and is a treasure trove for the heritage enthusiast.



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