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The Derek Evans Studio

The extensive Derek Evans Studio archive contains some 200,000 negatives, 729 exhibition prints, and ten daily log books. A 2009 independent report stated it had: ‘valuable historical, social and cultural significance’. Derek’s work was highly respected and wide-ranging. He was a popular and well-known character, involved in local politics, with a great love of sport and jazz, as well as being a professional photo-journalist for national and regional newspapers and TV companies. During his career, he produced award-winning entries to magazines and international exhibitions, and the Foto Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, hold some of his images in their national collection. His professional achievements were rewarded with a fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society.

Based in Herefordshire, with a studio in Broad Street, and then later on in Edgar Street, Derek Evans was considered to be one of the top freelance photographers in the country, earning an international reputation for his agency work. Through his pictures, he amassed an incredible historic record. He was there during Fleet Street’s hey-day, boasting a host of award-winning shots, and went on to be one of the first ‘stringers’ to branch out into the fledgling TV market. 

He mentored a generation of photographers and film-makers who passed through the studio, including Mike Charity, Jennifer Bowen (née Delaney), John Bulmer, Graham Essenhigh, and Keith James, who became is business partner.

Studio photgraphers

Throughout his career he maintained affection for home in Herefordshire, and built a body of work capturing the people of the county, from working and playing in the hop fields, to the Mayfair, the highs and lows of Hereford football club, and time-old customs at Fownhope. This section showcases yet more of his range of Herefordshire life images.

 

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Explore more from the archive in these images of Herefordshire life and from assignments beyond the county

Portrait of Derek Evans
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Portrait of a Welsh Miner
Portrait of Derek Evans

Portrait of Derek Evans

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Portrait of a Welsh Miner

Portrait of a Welsh Miner

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Children at Woolhope School for the deaf
Children at Woolhope School for the deaf

Children at Woolhope School for the deaf

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Children at Woolhope School for the deaf
Children cheer in the stands
Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge
Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies
Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School
Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village
Welsh Children with dirty faces
Man on stilts from Bertram Mills
Children at Woolhope School for the deaf

Children at Woolhope School for the deaf

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Children cheer in the stands

Children cheer in the stands

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Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge

Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge

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Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies

Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies

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Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School

Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School

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Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

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Welsh Children with dirty faces

Welsh Children with dirty faces

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Man on stilts from Bertram Mills

Man on stilts from Bertram Mills

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Children at Woolhope School for the deaf
Children at Woolhope School for the deaf

Children at Woolhope School for the deaf

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Portrait of a Welsh Miner
Welsh Miners
Portrait of a Welsh Miner

Portrait of a Welsh Miner

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Welsh Miners

Welsh Miners

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People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills
Man on stilts from Bertram Mills
People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

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Man on stilts from Bertram Mills

Man on stilts from Bertram Mills

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People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills
People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

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People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills
People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

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People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills
Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951
People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

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Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

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Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966
Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

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Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966
Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

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Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966
Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

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Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966
Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

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Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951
Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

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Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951
Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

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Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951
Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

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Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951
Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

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Children cheer in the stands
Children cheer in the stands

Children cheer in the stands

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Children cheer in the stands
Children cheer in the stands

Children cheer in the stands

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The Aberfan Disaster
The Aberfan Disaster

The Aberfan Disaster

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Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge
Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge

Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge

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Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge
Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge

Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge

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Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies
Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies

Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies

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Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village
Welsh Children with dirty faces
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Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies

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Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

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Welsh Children with dirty faces

Welsh Children with dirty faces

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Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School
Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School

Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School

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Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School

Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School

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Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village
Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

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Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village
Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

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Political Campaigners in High Town
Political Campaigners in High Town

Political Campaigners in High Town

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Man on stilts from Bertram Mills
Man on stilts from Bertram Mills

Man on stilts from Bertram Mills

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Portrait of Derek Evans
Children at Woolhope School for the deaf
Portrait of a Welsh Miner
People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills
Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966
Welsh Miners
Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951
Children cheer in the stands
The Aberfan Disaster
Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge
Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies
Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School
Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village
Political Campaigners in High Town
Welsh Children with dirty faces
Man on stilts from Bertram Mills
Portrait of Derek Evans

Portrait of Derek Evans

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Children at Woolhope School for the deaf

Children at Woolhope School for the deaf

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Portrait of a Welsh Miner

Portrait of a Welsh Miner

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People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

People turn out for the spectacle of an elephant in a car at Bertram Mills

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Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

Fire at Reed Farm, Bishops Frome 10 February 1966

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Welsh Miners

Welsh Miners

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Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

Miss Hereford abducted by the crew of a pirate ship float at Hereford City Carnival 1951

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Children cheer in the stands

Children cheer in the stands

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The Aberfan Disaster

The Aberfan Disaster

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Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge

Children play in the river Wye near Victoria Bridge

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Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies

Welsh Boys and Welsh Mountain Ponies

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Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School

Peter Brough with his Ventriloquist Dummy, Archie Andrews, surrounded by delighted children at Holmer School

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Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

Family outside their home in a Welsh mining village

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Political Campaigners in High Town

Political Campaigners in High Town

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Welsh Children with dirty faces

Welsh Children with dirty faces

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Man on stilts from Bertram Mills

Man on stilts from Bertram Mills

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Interviews & Videos

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