Photographs of Edward Hamilton West

Scope and Content

Collection of negatives of various subjects and individuals by staff photographer Edward (Ted) Hamilton West taken for the Guardian newspaper.

Administrative / Biographical History

At the age of 15 Edward (Ted) Hamilton West joined the Evening Standard as a messenger and later went on to work as dark room assistant. He was given his first job as a photographer by Barrett's photographic agency. In 1962 he joined the Central Press Agency. In 1970 he moved to the Guardian and remained there until his retirement in 1996. His byline at the Guardian was always E Hamilton West.


These negatives were removed from the main picture library subject and portrait sequences prior to transfer to the archive, and this order has been retained:

  • EHW/1 - portraits
     EHW/2 - subjects

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Guardian's picture library in 2005.

Other Finding Aids

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

Related Material

Further work by Hamilton West for the Guardian can be found in the print and negative collections in the main Guardian collection (GUA/6/9)