Centre for British Photography

49 Jermyn Street, 

London, SW1Y 6LX



Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am - 6pm 

Saturday, Sunday: 11am - 4pm 



0207 499 0570 


Group visits are welcome. Please contact us to pre-book.


49 Jermyn Street, in central London, is located just off Piccadilly, between Green Park and Piccadilly Underground Stations, and is on several bus routes. It is one minute from the Royal Academy. 



The Centre for British Photography (registered charity number 1190955) was founded by James Hyman in 2020 and opened a major new public space in central London in January 2023. The charity seeks to support photographers working in Britain through exhibitions, events, grants and mentoring.


The centre has six exhibitions spaces, a programme of public events, an archive, and a photography sales gallery. It seeks to provide a dedicated home for British Photography in all its diversity. The aim is to host exhibitions curated independently by outside curators and institutional partners as well as to stage internally curated exhibitions. The Centre also administers and provides access to the renowned Hyman Collection.


Please click here for details of THE HYMAN COLLECTION


We wish to provide a platform for a range of voices in order to present an expansive overview of the diversity of British photography past and present.



The building has step free access from the street. 

The galleries are on three floors with chair lift access to the basement and mezzanine. However, we regret that there is no lift and these floors are not wheelchair accessible. 



The Centre for British Photography is available for hire for breakfasts, private events and evening receptions. For details please contact Becky Martin: becky@britishphotography.org


    Gary Blaker KC

    Dr. Claire Hyman  (Chair)

    Dr. James Hyman

    Marcie Larizadeh

    Christiane Monarchi

    Renée Mussai

    Dr Madeline Yale Preston 

    Gregg Wilson


    Dr. James Hyman, Founding Director

    Becky Martin, Gallery Manager

    Saray Garcia Alvarez, Collections and Exhibitions Registrar

    Jarelle Francis, Events Assistant

    Jess Davies, Gallery Assistant


    Rebecca Ward, Press


    Help us to support photographers in Britain at all stages of their career. 


    To find out more about becoming a friend, a benefactor or joining our supporters circle, or to discuss becoming a founding patron please contact James Hyman: james@britishphotography.org




    We are incredibly grateful to all the photographers who donated their work to our fundraising sale.

    The Centre for British Photography is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.

    The mission of the Centre for British Photography is to champion photography made in Britain in all its diversity. We acknowledge that ‘diversity’ relates to multiple considerations including, but not limited to, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation, age, disability, civil status, pregnancy and maternity/paternity rights.

    Our commitment is to support and platform photographs from all backgrounds and to be as inclusive as possible.


    As a new organisation we are mindful of the importance of creating a diverse programme of exhibitions and events and also a diverse workforce that serves our communities. To this end we are guided by the 2010 Equality Act which provides a clear legislative framework for addressing discrimination in the workplace, actively promoting diversity and implementing equality of opportunity for all persons.

    We will regularly monitor, review and adapt both our EDI commitments and actions to remain relevant and effective and report progress to staff, trustees, stakeholders and other relevant parties.


    James Hyman explains: "We are very aware of our responsibilities to the communities that we wish to serve. One part of this engagement involves giving a platform to others to stage shows and events. Another part of this is wanting to add more trustees and advisors to diversify the conversation. Our ultimate aim is to create an institution that is independent with secure sources of funding, an organisation that is bigger than us and doesn’t even need our involvement. Our mission, ultimately,  is to empower others to shape and run the centre."


    We are proactively seeking to ensure that our Trustees, Advisory Group and team are inclusive and we welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. Applications from those from an ethnic minority background are particularly encouraged. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, we may employ positive action where candidates from underrepresented groups can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.


    We are very mindful of issues around diversity and inclusion and are taking active steps to address this in our recruitment as well as programming.  


    Please contact us if you would like to collaborate or support our activities or would be interested in becoming a Trustee or Advisor.