Colin Ford was the first senior curator of photography in a British national museum or gallery (National Portrait Gallery, London, 1972-82). In 1982, he was the founding head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (now the National Media Museum), Bradford; and in 1992 he became director of the ten National Museums and Galleries of Wales.
He has written over a dozen books on historic photographers – among them Julia Margaret Cameron, ‘Lewis Carroll’, D. O. Hill & Robert Adamson, and André Kertész. The Financial Times reviewer of his most recent exhibition, Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century at the Royal Academy, acclaimed him as ‘one of the few world-class photohistorians in the UK’.
Colin was chairman of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation until 2010, and is today vice-president of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and chairman of the Peel Entertainment Group.