Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, Photographer
I was reading a book about photography in the Victorian period and learned that Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert was quite a shutter bug... he even had a darkroom constructed at Windsor castle.
Does anyone know if there is still a darkroom there?
I understand that Queen Elizabeth carries on the tradition of royal photography. I saw a photo of her the other day shooting with her Leica, (not sure which model) and started to wonder about her photos. Does she shoot slide or print film, colour or black and white? One would think she shoots Ilford for B+W. Does she make her own prints or send them to the local one hour lab? Is there a royal printer? does she she have a flickr account
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I found some info on royal photographers past and present here:
There is quite a tradition of photography in the royal family.
Armstrong Jones was an exceptionally good portrait photographer.
Lichfield was more into advertising and commercial. He shot Pirrelli calendars.
I hear that many rooms in Windsor were blacked out. However, that may just have been soot from the fire
I remember seeing an article on Prince Andrew with his 8x10, along with a couple of his contact prints in a British magazine from some time in the early 80's. I think his camera was a Gandolfi, but I can't be sure.
She doesn't shoot anything exciting, just heaps of corgi photos. As for film, that would be Royal-X pan of course!
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Somehow, I would have thought she would prefer to shoot a Diana, or at least a Meg. Just a thought. Cheers!
Queen Elizabeth is very keen on photography, I know for sure that she has shot black and white as I have printed 2 images for her.
Tell us more about it! Do you have a Royal Decree in your name?
Originally Posted by Stephen Frizza
Using film since before it was hip.
"One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal
, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11
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I thought Prince Charles had a Diana, but he got rid of it and got a Horseman.
whats a royal decree? and um there isnt much to tell I was asked to print 2 images for her and not talk about the job while it was in the lab... and off i went and printed it and it was sent to her.