Luke Archer Photography

I have recently relocated from Bristol to Hertfordshire. Inheritance remains my current long-term project. In 2011 I was nominated for Black and White Magazines under 30’s Photographer of the Year. I was the joint winner of the 2011 South West Graduate Photography Prize. I have exhibited extensively in Bristol as part of the 2010 and 2012 Bristol Festival of Photography as well as the 2011 Royal West of England Academy’s Open Photography. My portrait of the Marquess of Bath is held in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. The book version of Inheritance was displayed at Ffotogallery’s Book Arts Fayre 2012. I joined the Vignette Magazine team in winter 2011 and I am now features editor.
If you would like to know more about any of my projects or purchase a print please get in touch.

Bassano Exhibtion at the National Portrait Gallery


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The National Portrait Gallery are holding a small exhibtion of the Bassano’s Studio imagery. The display is limited to one case and mainly displays of cabinet cards, however its great to see the studio getting some attention. It also meant that I could get this picture:

 

 

Constantia Nicolaides a photograph cataloguer at the NPG  has written a small piece about Bassano for the National Portrait Gallery’s website that can be read here. Constantia has been really helpful throughout my project, letting me visit  the Bassano archieve in the basement of the National Portriat Gallery.

 

 

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Finishing Inheritance


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Come  this September it will three years since I started Inheritance.

It seems strange that to get to this stage has taken so long, it was very easy to give the project my undivided attention whilst studying at university, since then other factor have slowed me, leading me  to photograph less frequently than I would like. The three year mark seems a good target for trying to complete the project.

The trouble is that  in some ways the project has no end. There were hundreds of families with hereditary titles who were photographed by the Bassano Studio throughout its long history. To photograph all of these families would take me my entire life!

Instead I plan to photograph only those hereditary peers who sit in the House of Lords, whose ancestors were photographed at the studio. This is an achieveable target and helps cement the project in the debate surrounding the role of these peers in modern politics.By my reckoning I have only another 10 invites to send , and 4 or 5 siitngs to arrange with peers who have already agreed to be photographed.

I hope by attaining this goal I can then focus on an output for project whilst also looking towards other ways of using the old camera, for I feel it has so much potential, it would be a shame to only use it in this project.

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Pat Pat


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Unfortunately my grandmother has passed away, and with her goes much knowlegde of my grandfathers ownership of the Bassano Studio. Having tackled many obstacles and out lived two husbands she was a real inspiration in how to tackle what life throws at you. I will always remember her kindness and cottage pie.

 

I was left an amazing folder of Bassano prints that I hope to scan and post on here.

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Films Not Dead Interview


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The lovely people at Films Not Dead interviewed me about Inheritance, to read the full interview head over to their website www.filmsnotdead.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lord Bath Image Featured in Royal Photographic Society Journal


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Inheritance featured in Family Tree Magazine


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Earl Ferrers 1929-2012


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For sometime I had been trying to arrange a sitting with Lord Ferrers, unfortunately this week he passed away aged 86. I never met or spoke to him but  I was looking foward to photographing him, from all accounts he was as a well respected peer with a keen sense of humour.He was held in such high regard that when the 1999 Reform Act was passed and 92 peers were elected by their contemporaries to remain, Ferrers topped the poll.

His obiturary can be read on several websites:

Telegraph

New Statesman

The Independent  

The Daily Mail has also seralised part of his autobiorgraphy ‘ What Ever Next?’ here Ferrers recalls a trip to the Play boy club.

copyright Daily Mail

Strangely this is not the first time I have tried to arrange a sitting with someone who has then died, I narrowly missed a sitting with the last Lord Kitchener. Perhaps this is an occupational hazard with this project…

 

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Lord Gage – Firle Place


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Above is an image of Firle place, a beautiful stately home in East Sussex. This is where I conducted my most recent sitting with Lord Gage and his family. The film is being processed by Klaus Kalde at the moment and I hope to be able to post my next portrait in the coming days.

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Press Photography History Project


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The Press Photo History Project are trying to map the various press photographer’s and agencies right from ‘ the beginning’. The current area of interest is Fleet Street and they have kindly put out a request for any information regarding my late grandfather James Archer. I have a strong feeling nothing will come of it but worth a try. The project is a great idea so please have a look at their website.

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David Suchet – People I Have Shot


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People I have Shot charts David Suchet’s quest to find out more  his grandfather James Jarche . Like my grandfather Jarche was a fleet photographer who also worked for the Herald. Jarche images shown in this programme are absolutely stunning, an amazing variety of subject matter from bombed out Berlin to West End musicals. In the program David Suchet uses his grandfathers old Leica in a variety of documentary photography assignments.

The project has obvious links with my Inheritance project – strangely enough when I was working at in Bristol I actually scanned some of David Suchet’s negatives for the program- small world!

You can watch the program in four parts on Youtube

 

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