Documenting The Changing Face of British Society and Culture Through Photography


British Culture Archive is a leading independent archive and non-profit organisation set up to document, highlight, and preserve the changes in British culture and society through documentary photography. Founded by Paul Wright in 2017, BCA was born out of a genuine passion for photography and a mission to make world-class documentary photography accessible and engaging to people from all backgrounds.

Our online galleries, print collections, and touring exhibitions showcase and champion British documentary photography from post-war Britain to the present day. 

BCA publishes and exhibits photography from renowned photographers, as well as unearthing and giving a global platform to photography that has been previously unseen or overlooked. Our archive contains socially and culturally important images, ranging from the 1960s mod scene, Northern Soul, and punk to Thatcher’s Britain, social housing, acid house, and more.

"History shouldn’t be about kings and queens , it should be about everyday people like us.
"The UK is a cultural melting pot influenced by other nations. The photography we feature highlights everyday life growing up in our towns and communities. The music, fashion, politics and passions that define and unite us through good times and bad times."
“British Culture archive has shaken up documentary photography in the UK, giving a global platform to photography that often gets overlooked by galleries and institutions."
"British Culture Archive is an essential platform for upcoming and established Documentary Photography in the UK."
“British Culture Archive is a much needed platform for social and documentary photography and an important resource in these rapidly changing times. An essential documentation of everyday life and working class culture as is it was for many of us growing up in the UK."
“An essential archive that documents real history and society. History books shouldn’t be about kings and queens and class hierarchy, but about everyday life and our stories."