The photographs are divided into several groups, describing photographs of Lawrence himself and of his friends and contemporaries; photographs of places associated with Lawrence within England; and photographs of places associated with Lawrence in other countries. The collection is not restricted to images from Lawrence's own lifetime, and some of the images are relatively recent in date.
The series of photographs includes several portraits and informal images of D.H. Lawrence, taken from childhood to shortly before his death. There are also photographs of him in groups and with family and friends, including for instance his contemporaries at the University College, Nottingham, and his wife Frieda, his sisters Ada Clarke and Emily King, Aldous Huxley, Katherine Mansfield, John Middleton Murry, and W.E. Hopkin. Images of Louie Burrows, Jessie Chambers, Ernest Weekley and Helen Corke are present. Portraits of members of his family include his mother Lydia Lawrence, his grand-parents George and Lydia Beardsall, and his uncle and aunt, John and Ethel Staynes.
Illustrations of places associated with Lawrence in England are particularly rich in local Nottinghamshire coverage, especially Eastwood and the surrounding area known to Lawrence in his youth and portrayed in his literary works: Brinsley, Beauvale, Moorgreen, Cossall, Haggs Farm. Other English counties are also represented with photographs of places where Lawrence stayed in Derbyshire, Cornwall and Surrey.
A series of images from abroad includes contemporary photographs as well as more recent illustrations of places which Lawrence visited or was resident in. Photographs are included from Italy, Switzerland, Mexico and France.