News archive – 2015

September 2015
AHFAP Annual Conference, Day Two – 23rd October 2015
This year we have an exciting programme of Open Studio visits and Workshops on offer to those that have purchased ticket for day one. Places are very limited due to the constraints of the venues taking part.

Online booking for places for the day two events is now open via our external booking facility on a first- come first –served basis. To view the programme and to book for day two please see 2015 Conference Day Two webpage for further details.

August 2015
AHFAP Annual Conference & AGM
We are pleased to announce a provisional program and abstracts for this year’s conference have been published, see 2015 Conference webpage for further details.

Notice of AGM
The AGM will be held at 1pm.

Day Two
We are currently finalising the details of a series of ‘open studio’ visits to a handful of London museum & gallery photographic studios along with a small workshop program.
Please Note: Whilst Day Two is free, ONLY registered Day One delegates will be able to attend.

May 2015

We are pleased to announce the 2015 30th anniversary conference is to be held at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London on 22nd October 2015. An evening reception will be held at the museum on the evening of the 22nd. Please see our 30th anniversary conference page regularly for updates.

March 2015

Brian Tremain, 1935-2015


Brian Tremain, founder member of AHFAP, third President and constant supporter, died on Wednesday, 18 February. We are sure the whole membership unites in sending condolences and sympathy to his family.

The funeral was held at St Mary’s Church, Fawkham, on Wednesday 18 March. There was standing room only in the church. At least eight members of the association were present. There were also representatives from one or more other professional bodies.

Donations may be sent c/o the Funeral Directors: Stephen P Gay, 25 Station Road, Longfield, Kent. DA3 7QD. Cheques should be made payable to the British Liver Trust.

Brian Tremain was born in Whitstable on 5 February 1935. His first job was as an assistant photographer at the V&A. From there he went on to the Science Museum, followed by a short time at the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF, now DEFRA), then on to the National Maritime Museum as Principal Photographer, where he spent many years. Finally he was Chief Photographer at the British Museum, until he retired 25 years ago.

He was one of the founding members of AHFAP, where initially they used to meet in his office on Montague Place, just off Russell Square. He was also one of the founding members of the Archaeology and Heritage group of the RPS, in 1972. He was awarded the RPS’s prestigious Hood medal in 1982 for his services to Museum and Archaeological Photography.

He had a good and enjoyable life, where he was able to earn a living doing something that he loved. His health was excellent until the last few months, so he was lucky to enjoy a long retirement. He passed away on the 18 February 2015. He will be very much missed.

Rob Tremain

The association has received many tributes to Brian and below are a few of them:

Paul Gardner: Brian was a photographer of great skill, often inventing techniques to capture objects of art. He was committed to experimentation in photographic processes, especially to record his love of archaeological finds, both in the studio and on many excavation sites in this country and abroad.

He was a founding father of the association. He hosted one of the first meetings of museum photographers. Our profession has benefited enormously from the ability to meet with and know fellow professionals working within our field.

On a personal level, Brian taught me a great deal. He knew lots of little tricks that enabled you to bring out fine detail in the objects you were trying to photograph and he could always find time to pass on these skills.

Ivor Kerslake: I can’t really add much to Paul’s comments as he’s summed up Brian so very well. There was always a bottle of ‘Brian’s Brew’ on the shelf when you were after ID11 but that was Brian. Without Brian’s initiative there would be no AHFAP today. Brian was my boss and a friend for some years at the BM, as well as Viv who worked in our Conservation Dept too. My thoughts are with Viv and Rob now.

Dave Clarke: Brian was one of the early anchors of AHFAP and gave it a cohesive presence and a great deal of respect within our sector. He always supported me in my endeavours and could be relied upon to offer a sympathetic ear. He will be missed by all concerned.

Dave Lambert: Brian was the independent person at my interview here at Tate 45 years ago, a very kind, genuine man who was always interested to hear one’s news etc. Lots of photographers in our profession must be grateful for his guidance. I looked forward to seeing him at the annual conferences.

Colin White: When I first joined the AHFAP committee, as a relative youngster, it was Brian who first welcomed me into the fold. His kindness, generosity and encouragement were at the fore whenever we met and were the mark of the man.

2015 AHFAP Bursary Award

We are very pleased to launch our 2015 AHFAP Bursary Award, partnered by Color Confidence.

January 2015

AHFAP is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, having been founded in 1985. The Committee is already planning for this special year.