IWM currently holds nearly 11 million photographs, covering all aspects of modern conflict from the Crimean War to the present day. It is a vital source for those interested in the history of war photography as well as the history of the era.
Our Photograph Archive includes work by photographers of all nationalities and backgrounds. It is the national custodian for photographs taken by the Armed Forces as well as other government departments such as the former Ministry of Information. It also holds substantial collections of work by amateur and professional photographers. The photographs themselves are supplemented by original documents, books, and photographic equipment which help us understand how and why these photographs were taken.
The Archive continues to acquire material through official military photographers as well as working with leading contemporary photographers such as Donovan Wyllie and Ed Clark.