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  Alice Longstaff 28 October 2004  
Alice Longstaff
In 1918 Alice Longstaff began a career that was to span 70 years

The daughter of farmers, she took the unusual step of taking an apprenticeship as a photographer in a small studio in Hebden Bridge, located in the Pennines between Manchester and Leeds.

It's hard now to grasp how important these studios were ... few people owned a camera, they were expensive and difficult to use.

Alice took tens of thousands of pictures, offering a glimpse of a community undergoing great change; and unusually, many of them survive.

A book of her work, 'Alice's Album' is being published and an exhibition is planned for December.

Her collection, housed in a local mill is looking for a permanent home.

Andrew Carter met some of the people who knew and admired Alice.

Hebden Bridge History

Alice's Album - the Story of a Hebden Bridge Photographer's Studio

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