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The Belle Vue Photographic Studio

First opened in 1902 by B. Sanford Taylor, the Belle Vue Studio remained a traditional Victorian style photographic studio throughout its life. This gave it a distinct style and appeal, not only to the citizens of Bradford but also to people across Yorkshire, Lancashire and beyond. Sanford Taylor trained his apprentice, Tony Walker, in his photographic style. On Sanford Taylors death, the studio passed to Tony and he maintained it until the shop closed in 1975.  

Belle Vue Studio
Belle Vue Photographic Studio

By the 50s and 60s Tony Walkers main customers were people moving from overseas to Bradford for work, including many people from South East Asia and the Caribbean. Many other studios in Bradford were either closing or did not offer this traditional type of photograph that was loved by many of Tony’s customers. 

After the studio closed these unique and interesting portraits were left in the building. In the 1980s Bradford Museums & Galleries rescued around 17,000 glass and film negatives from the Belle Vue Photographic Studio. These negatives are currently being digitised, with over 8500 images currently available to view on the Bradford Museums and Galleries website photos.bradfordmuseums.org.   

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