Robert Albright elected Society President for 2017-2019

02 October 2017

Society news

Bath, 30 September 2017: The Royal Photographic Society has elected Robert Albright HonFRPS as its sixty-ninth President at its Annual General Meeting on 30 September. He will serve for two years. At the same meeting Dr Del Barrett ARPS was elected as Vice President and Derek Trendell ARPS as Treasurer. 

Robert Albright (left) and Walter Benzie (right) / © Michael PritchardCommenting on his election Robert Albright said: “The RPS is a unique organisation with an international reach across all areas of photography. The work of my predecessors in recent years has created a strong Society fulfilling its objectives promoting photography and supporting all photographers, including the membership.  An exciting two years beckons, at the end of which, it should be a more outward-looking and contemporary body”.

Robert Albright joined the Society in 1991. He gained his Associate in 1993 and his Fellowship in 2002 for audio-visual work. He has been a Regional Organiser for the Society's Western Region and a trustee. Robert has broad interests across photography and its history, including the links between painting and fine art photography, contemporary and documentary photography and audio-visual and film production. He has won two gold medals at the RPS National AV Festival and a silver medal at the RPS International Festival and has had prints accepted in to the London Salon.

He has outlined his objectives during his Presidency as:

  • Broadening the membership base and increasing revenue from sources other than the membership
  • Completing the purchase, fit-out and ensuring the effective use of a new RPS headquarters building
  • Creating an annual scholarly publication exploring the art, science and history of photography
  • Commissioning a history of the Society
  • Implementing the By-Laws and Rules changes approved at the 2017 AGM

At the AGM Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS, Barry Hoffman LRPS. Vanessa Slawson FRPS and Richard Tucker ARPS, were elected as trustees.


Images: Above: Robert Albright HonFRPS (left) is congratulated on his election by immediate past President Walter Benzie HonFRPS (right); Top: Dr Del Barrett ARPS and Robert Albright HonFRPS on their election as Vice President and President respectively. Images: Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS.

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For further information: Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, e: or t: 01225 325730

The Royal Photographic Society is the world’s oldest photography organisation with a history dating back to 1853. It is a registered charity and the UK’s largest membership organization for photography with around 11,600 members. Membership is open to anyone.  It aims to promote photography and support photographers in developing their skills which it does through exhibitions and competitions, workshops, a distinctions and qualifications programme and by engaging with government and other organisations. The Society regularly provides comment to the media on matters of interest. For more information visit or @the_RPS

The Society is currently in negotiation to secure a new building which will act as the Society’s headquarters and provide a major new public exhibition space for photography. host an expanded Society education programme of workshops and training and public events. The space will open in 2018 and further details will be announced later this year.

Past Presidents of the Society include Sir Charles Eastlake, Sir W de W Abney, F J Mortimer, D A Spencer, Margaret Harker and Heather Angel. The immediate past President is Walter Benzie. Society Presidents are elected for two-year terms. See: 

An elected Council of trustees, supported by a Chief Executive and staff, the latter based at the Society's headquarters in Bath, run the Society.