Colin Ford’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroPhotography curator, historian of photography, museum director
A.K.A.Colin John Ford
Is Historian 
Art historian 
From United Kingdom 
Type Arts 
Social science 
Birth 1 January 1934, United Kingdom
Age:86 years

Colin John Ford CBE (born 1934) is a British photographic curator, historian of photography, and former museum director.
Ford has written a number of books on the history of photography.


Ford was educated at University College, Oxford University.

Ford began his career in the theatre. He has been a director and broadcaster. During 1972–82, Ford was Keeper of Film and Photography at the National Portrait Gallery, London. He then became the first director of the UK National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford (later to become the National Media Museum). From 1992 he was Director of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales.

Ford has interviewed contemporary photographers such as Don McCullin. He also gives lectures on the history of photography.

Until 2010, Ford was Chairman of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. He is Vice-President of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and Chairman of the Peel Entertainment Group.


  • An Early Victorian Album: The Photographic Masterpieces of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson (1974).
  • The Cameron Collection: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron (1975).
  • Portraits (1982).
  • Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century: Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkásci, Royal Academy of Arts (2011), with Péter Baki. ISBN 978-1905711765.
  • Cumming, Laura (3 July 2011). “Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century – review”. The Observer. UK. 

Awards and legacy

Ford is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

The Royal Photographic Society established the annual Colin Ford Award in 2003 for contributions to curatorship, named after Colin Ford as the first director of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.

There are several photographs of Ford in the National Portrait Gallery (London) collection, including works by Arnold Newman, Norman Parkinson, and Cheryl Twomey.