Photograph Collections

The Pitt Rivers Museum has collected photographs ever since its foundation. Particularly strong in nineteenth and early twentieth-century photography, the collection also contains important fieldwork archives, such as that of anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard, as well as the photographs of travellers such as Wilfred Thesiger whose collection alone numbers some 38,000 images. The Museum continues to collect photography, with a particular emphasis upon well-documented field collections and contemporary practice.

Photographs of Latin America and the Caribbean

The Pitt Rivers Museum has a few large collections of ethnographic photographs from South America and the Caribbean, predominantly made in the second half of the twentieth century. A few smaller collections contain earlier images principally of Peru, of the Gran Chaco and also of the Caribbean, with for example the early photographs by missionary Andrew Pride in the Gran Chaco (circa 1900) and those by Charles Kroehle in Peru (circa 1890). In addition, the photographic records of George Dixon Aked’s trip to the Caribbean in the 1930s are held in several boxes.


Photography collections’ (some images available) online database


Pitt Rivers Museum,
University of Oxford
South Parks Road,
Oxford OX1 3PP

Opening Hours of the Museum
10.00-16.30 Tuesday to Sunday (and bank holiday Mondays)
12.00-16.30 Monday
Opening Hours of the Research Room
9.30 – 16.30 Monday to Friday

Admission is free

Dr Chris Morton
Curator of Photograph and Manuscript Collections
Pitt Rivers Museum,
tel. : (01865) 613016
Philip Grover
Assistant Curator Photograph and Manuscript Collections
Pitt Rivers Museum
tel: (01865) 613019

Pitt Rivers Museum website