Many photographs defy classification, and this is particularly so in the case of architectural photography, where much of the early work may come under general interest, travel, or landscape. Some of Fox Talbot's photographs, for example, have architectural interest, though that may not have been their primary objective.

Among the most well-known photographers are Fenton, of abbeys and castles, Hill and Adamson, taken in various Scottish cities, and Bourne and Frith. Francis Bedford produced a number of photographs, many for use with the Stereoscope.

One of the earliest of photographers of architecture per se was Philip Delamotte, an artist, who documented the re-building of the Crystal Palace in 1853-54. Other significant names are Robert McPherson, James Anderson, Valentine Blanchard, Frederick Evans and Carlo Ponti.

© Robert Leggat, 1999.