Roland Belgrave's career began with a two year internship at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. It was in the photographic archives of this fantastic collection that he became truly captivated by the inherent power of the photographic image. On returning to London he completed a Masters in the History of Art before entering the antiquarian book trade, running the photographic department of Shapero Rare Books in Mayfair for seven years, producing a number of catalogues and exhibitions. He now deals on his own account as Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography and helps to build many private and institutional collections.
Roland will be discussing the fascinating pioneers of early photography, providing an introduction to the commercial value of early albums and published photo-books, and looking at trends for the future.
The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month.