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Albert Edward Coe, aged 19, took up the position of manager of Sawyer and Bird in 1863. The business had begun in 1859 and was one of the 10 “photographic artists” in Norwich. Albert Coe opened the “Italian Studio” which until 2009 remained in use as the oldest surviving purpose built studio in the world.

He took ownership of the business in 1883 and died on Thursday 7th august 1928, having spent the morning working in the studio.

In 2001 the name was changed to Barrett and Coe, reflecting the contribution from internationally renowned photographer Brian Barrett who has recently retired. The current Principal of the company is Andrew Coe, 4th generation and great grandson of the founder. The values established 150 years ago to achieve excellence in all the company’s activities has been continued to the present day. Few, if any, photographic companies in the world can claim such distinguished heritage.

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Andrew Coe

Andrew Coe is great grandson of Albert Edward Coe who founded the Coe photography businesses 150 years ago. He is recognised as one of the leading teachers of wedding and portrait photography in the UK having been commissioned by City & Guilds to write the first module for the Higher National NVQ Diploma in Portrait in this field. He has also been commissioned to give seminars in New York, Las Vegas, Madrid, Cologne and many other international venues. He owns the franchise for the largest group of wedding and portrait studios in the UK which has photography contracts with many national retailers and other major brand names. He founded the first chain of one hour mini labs in the UK (all with wedding and portrait studios attached), the largest advertising and commercial studio in East Anglia, a leading professional colour lab and has trained more people to become full time photographers than anyone else in the UK.

Andrew Coe

Andrew Coe is great grandson of Albert Edward Coe who founded the Coe photography businesses 150 years ago. He is recognised as one of the leading teachers of wedding and portrait photography in the UK having been commissioned by City & Guilds to write the first module for the Higher National NVQ Diploma in Portrait in this field. He has also been commissioned to give seminars in New York, Las Vegas, Madrid, Cologne and many other international venues. He owns the franchise for the largest group of wedding and portrait studios in the UK which has photography contracts with many national retailers and other major brand names. He founded the first chain of one hour mini labs in the UK (all with wedding and portrait studios attached), the largest advertising and commercial studio in East Anglia, a leading professional colour lab and has trained more people to become full time photographers than anyone else in the UK.

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