Photographs and papers of Sally Soames

Scope and Content

This collection holds portrait and photo-journalistic work produced by Sally Soames between 1959 and 2004. It also contains correspondence and other papers relating to her projects, publications and activities.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sally Soames was born in London and has lived there all her life. Her first assignments were for the Observer in 1963 and she then went on to freelance for the Guardian, the New York Times, The Observer and various TV and film companies in the UK and the US. She joined the staff of The Sunday Times in 1968 and remained there until she retired in June 2000. Her books include Manpower (1987) and Writers (1995).


Records are divided into 3 sections:

  • Prints
  • Negatives
  • Papers

Access Information

Open. Records may be viewed in our reading room by appointment only, see our website for more information.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the archive by Sally Soames in 2008 and 2009.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue description for this collection can be found on the GNM Archive catalogue.