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Knight of the Camera
The Photographs of Sir Benjamin Stone M.P.

Elizabeth Edwards, Photography ‘Englishness’ and ‘Collective Memory’ : The National Photographic Record Association 1897-1910. in Locating Memory: Photographic Arts, eds Annette Kuhn and Kirsten McAllister (Oxford: Berghahn, 2006), pp.53-79.
Elizabeth Edwards, Photography and National Identity: The National Photographic Record Association 1897-1910’, Archive, September 2004, pp.20-25.
Elizabeth Edwards and Peter James, ‘“Our Government as Nation”, Sir Benjamin Stone’s Parliamentary Pictures’, in Making Things Public, Atmospheres of Democracy, eds Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, (Cambridge MA, MIT Press, 2005), pp.142-155.
Elizabeth Edwards, Peter James, Martin Barnes A Record Of England: Sir Benjamin Stone & The National Photographic Record Association, 1897–1910 (Dewi Lewis - a coedition with V&A Publications in association with Birmingham Library Services, 2007) [ISBN: 1-904587-37-2]
[Publisher description] In July 1897, in a flourish of publicity, Sir Benjamin Stone – Birmingham industrialist, Member of Parliament and passionate, almost obsessive collector – announced the formation of the National Photographic Record Association. Its prime objective was to make a record of England for future generations – to foster “a national pride in the historical associations of the country, or neighbourhood, in family traditions, or in personal associations.” The book examines Stone’s central role in the project and presents over 120 of his photographs, many of which have never been published before. It also charts the history of the NPRA and points to its legacies within photography, with its influences on photographers such as Daniel Meadows and Homer Sykes. What is especially striking is the resonance of these pictures in our own age.
Colin Ford, Sir Benjamin Stone, 1838-1914, Victorian people, places and things surveyed by a master photographer, (London: National Portrait Gallery, 1974).
Peter James,‘William Jerome Harrison, Sir Benjamin Stone and the Photographic Record and Survey Movement’, unpublished MA dissertation, (Birmingham Polytechnic 1989).
Peter James, ‘Evolution of the Photographic Record and Survey Movement, c.1890-1910’, History of Photography, 12 (3), 1988, pp.205-218.
Peter James, ‘Open House’, British Journal of Photography, 28 January 2004, pp.30-34.
Peter James, ‘Relics of Merrie England’, Archive, September 2004, pp.14-19.
Bill Jay, ‘Sir Benjamin Stone’, Album, no.1, February 1970, pp.2-10.
Bill Jay, Customs and Faces, Photographs by Sir Benjamin Stone, (London: Academy Editions, 1972).
Daniel Meadows, Living Like This, Around Britain in the Seventies, (London: Arrow Books, 1975).
David Moore, The Commons, (London: The Velvet Press, 2004).
Homer Sykes, Once a Year: Some Traditional British Customs, (London: Gordon Fraser, 1977).
Internet resources
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Sir Benjamin Stone's Parliamentary Pictures
5 August 2006 - 14 January 2007
Showcase Display, Victorian Galleries - Room 28 



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