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First woman president Royal Photographic Society Margaret Harker, who has died aged 93, was Britain’s first female Professor of Photography and the first woman President of the Royal Photographic Society (1958-60)

She celebrated Britain’s architectural heritage and its Secession movement. Between 1941 and 1959 she had commissions including The Royal Festival Hall and Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincolns Inn Fields.

She became a full time lecturer at Regent Street Polytechnic and was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society.

In 1959 she was appointed Head of The Polytechnics School of Photography which was the first British Institution to award photography Degrees. She was President of The British Institute of Professional Photographers in 1964-1965.

I had the privilege to be one of her students at The Regent Street Polytechnic in 1960 and her first report to my family advised that I was not suited to the profession!

In 1984 when one of my business partners Peter Griffin of GGS Photography became President of the BIPP I had the great pleasure of sitting next to her at the BIPP Annual Dinner and Awards at The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.

An enjoyable and stimulating dinner. In the event we parted good friends.

Posted by Andrew Coe, founder of Barrett & Coe

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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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