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.

Alexander Bassano

Alexander Bassano opened his first studio on London’s Regent Street in 1850, later moving to Old Bond Street in 1876. This studio was so large it contained an 80-foot backdrop on rollers; sitters could be photographed against a variety of painted scenes. The studio also contained the finest furniture, when others often used Papier-mâché and cardboard models. Bassano became one of the periods leading society photographers, eventually gaining a Royal Warrant. Sitter’s included William Gladstone, Queen Victoria and most famously Lord Kitchener depicted in the  ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster. When asked to reveal the secrets of his success, Bassano answered:

“Secrets? Lord bless you! I have none… I have met with some success, but the only secret, which has tended to it has been that I brought to bear upon my work whatever art, cultivation, inclination and circumstance have fostered.”

Little else is known about the man.

After his death the studio continued in Bassano’s name and had many owners including my grandfather, James Archer a Fleet Street photographer.

The studio’s images are now historical documents collected by the National Portrait Gallery, with thousands of the negatives now digitized. This online catalogue enabled me to see which peers had ancestors photographed at the studio. It was fitting to seek hereditary peers; I knew there would be continuity. I was able to find direct descendents, people who, like me, had inherited something that had impacted on their lives.