Patrick Whitehouse 1922 - 1993

born in:
Warwick, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

Patrick Whitehouse, who took up railway photography in the 1930s, soon abandoned the traditional three quarters front view of the passing train and began to favour the 'pictorial' shot, in which setting was as important as the subject. Encouraged by 'Cam' Camwell he also photographed what were then considered unusual subjects: branch lines and narrow gauge railways. Initially, the equipment Whitehouse used was rudimentary, but a simple Coronet box camera was soon replaced by a folding Kodak. In later years he progressed to increasingly sophisticated apparatus, culminating in a 35mm Leica and a medium format Rolleiflex.

After the Second World War a Kodak BB Junior cine camera he inherited, widened his interest to encompass moving film. In the late 1950s and 1960s he partnered a fellow member of the Railway Photographic Society, John Adams, in the BBC television series 'Railway Roundabout' and together they began to publish railway books illustrated by their own photographs. Patrick Whitehouse is perhaps best remembered, however, as a pioneer of the railway preservation movement, a founder member of both the Tal-y-Ilyn Railway and the Birmingham Railway Museum and the first Chairman of the Dart Valley Railway.

Patrick Whitehouse wrote forty-seven books and eventually founded his own publishing company, Millbrook House. He died in 1993, aged seventy-one.