Forster Square, Bradford, c 1895.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph published by Frith and Co. In the foreground is a statue of the Yorkshire humanitarian Richard Oastler (1789-1861), Oastler campaigned for an end to employing children in factories. In the background is St Peter's House. Bradford's General Post Office, it was designed by Sir Henry Tanner and opened in l887. Francis Frith (1822-1898) was a pioneer of travel photography. He was also one of photography's greatest entrepreneurs, founding a company that was to become the largest publisher of photographs in the world. Frith saw himself as a romantic adventurer in the mould of Byron. Between 1856 and 1860 he travelled and photographed extensively in Egypt and the Holy Land. His work was published in a variety of formats and editions and established his reputation as one of the finest travel photographers. However, the venture that brought him great wealth and made him a household name was his comprehensive collection of photographs of British landscapes, towns and cities. His