Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair

Sunday 1st November 2020

Opening Times: 10am to 4 pm.

After the success of the inaugural fair in December 2019, the next Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair on November 1st will follow in its footsteps; offering an opportunity for collectors of early photography in the West of England, to meet the leading specialist vintage photograph dealers from the UK & Europe, and browse through an exceptional display of rare original photographs, documenting the first 150 years of Photography, from 1840 to 1990.

A wide ranging selection of fine prints, from Britain, Europe, Asia, the Americas, and around the world:

Portraiture, Social documentary, Military & Naval campaigns, Architectural studies, Travel, Topography & Landscape, Natural History and wildlife, and much more!


Daguerreotypes & Ambrotypes,

Calotypes, (Salt Prints)

Albumen and Gelatine prints,

Lantern slides,

Cartes-de-visite & Cabinet print portraiture,

Stereographs, Photographic Postcards etc.

New, Secondhand, and Antiquarian Books on Photographers & the History of Photography.

Photographs offered for sale will be original vintage prints & images (no modern copies, facsimiles or reproductions allowed!)

Prices range from a few pounds, up to examples of some of the rarest and most valuable prints, produced by some of the greatest names in 19th and early 20th century photography.

Visitors, who have 19th, or early 20th century, photographs, albums, or similar interesting early photographic material, that they wish to dispose of, are very welcome bring them along to the fair, and the exhibiting dealers will be happy to appraise them, and make a fair offer tp purchase.


Coronavirus update: The Spring Fair, originally scheduled for April 12th, was postponed, and will, pandemic permitting, now take place on Sunday November 1st.

Hopefully, it will be possible to hold the fair on November 1st, but amongst other factors, this will depend on when the RPS re-open their HQ for public access; and this still remains to be confirmed.

If this is not possible, then it is planned to hold the Fair on a Sunday in April 2021; the exact date to be confirmed. As soon as we know, we will issue full details. For news updates, please email your contact details, to , and/or check this website nearer the day, to get the latest information.


The Royal Photographic Society

RPS House,

337 Paintworks,

Arnos Vale,

Bristol BS4 3AR

Opening Times: 10 am to 4 pm.

Fair admission: £3.00

Important Note:

Fair admission tickets for the Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair, are only valid for the photograph fair, and will not give admission to the Royal Photographic Society's own exhibition,which will be on concurrent display in the 1st floor Gallery space.

Admission to this exhibition will require purchase of a separate ticket from the RPS reception desk. This exhibition ticket, however, will also grant free admission to the Photograph Fair.
















Fair Date for 2020


Sunday November 1st 2020