Receiving the Presidential Regalia

Robert Albright HonFRPS, was installed as President of the Royal Photographic Society on 30 September 2017.

Robert joined the Royal Photographic  Society in 1991. He gained his Associate in 1993 and his Fellowship in 2002 for audio-visual work. He has been a Regional Organiser for the Society’s Western Region and a trustee. Robert has broad interests across photography and its history, including the links between painting and fine art photography, contemporary and documentary photography and audio-visual and film production. He has won two gold medals at the RPS National AV Festival and a silver medal at the RPS International Festival and has had prints accepted in to the London Salon.

Commenting on his election Robert said: “The RPS is a unique organisation with an international reach across all areas of photography. The work of my predecessors in recent years has created a strong Society fulfilling its objectives promoting photography and supporting all photographers, including the membership.  An exciting two years beckons, at the end of which, it should be a more outward-looking and contemporary body”.    (Extract from RPS publicity)


Robert has been a member of Swindon Photographic Society for more years than most of us can remember, and he, with his late wife Maureen, were instrumental in moving the club forward over the years. Both of them served as club president, as well as forging the way for digital imagery and its acceptance in the early years, providing a strong platform from which the members could develop their own styles. 

In recognition of his long service to Swindon Photographic Society, his commitment to improving photography in all genres wherever he can, and his considerable work with the RPS, the Club Committee had no hesitation in bestowing the rare honour of Honorary Membership on Robert. (from Terry Walters)

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