PhotosDecember 11 2008 at 6:22 AM
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Response to Imperial War Museum Hendon?
When researching photos, there are many avenues you can go down. The obvious ones are the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth and RAF Museum at Hendon (who dont actually supply copies of photographs any more, the best they will do is supply an electronic image on disc for you to get printed). But there are also places such as the National Portrait Gallery, Science Museum, and dozens of photo agencies and newspaper libraries.
Getty photos are very well known but extremely expensive. They hold press photos relating to my old school just before the war (I am archivist to the school), but when I asked about reprints the price, even at discount for a 'bulk buy' was more than £65.00 per photograph (at about 8" x 10") and that was for a photo only, no reproduction rights. Getty, and others often buy stocks of photos from defunct agencies such as Fox Photos and Sport & General. As such, if they are not at the obvious places lilke the IWM, you'll mostly likely find them there, but at a price.
Most agencies and museums have online searches. The RAF Museum Archive isnt that good, especially the online search, but you could try the others. Similar museums abroad, such as the Australian War Memorial are also good places to look if the subject includes RAAF personnel, etc.