Surrey Archives Talk to Feature Legacy of Prominent Surrey Photographer
Participants will have an opportunity to view studio photos, candid shots, and landscapes from the 1950s to 1970s.
Surrey, BC – Surrey Archives’ next free virtual talk ‘The Roy Houghton Collection’ will explore the iconic work of North Surrey photographer Roy Houghton on May 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to view studio photos, candid shots, and landscapes from the 1950s to 1970s.
“The collection is expansive, consisting of over 2,200 photographs,” said Archivist Chelsea Christensen. “It provides unique insight into 1950s through ‘70s community life in North Surrey.”
Originally from Birmingham, England, Houghton immigrated to Vancouver with his family in 1920 after serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII, he opened a photography studio in Whalley, where he was the sole owner and operator through the ‘70s. Houghton was deeply involved in the community, serving in local organizations like the local Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, Royal Canadian Legion, and the Professional Photographers Association of B.C.
“His photographs document fundraising events, the construction of new amenities, memorial celebrations, weddings, and the opening of Surrey’s first McDonald’s,” said Christensen.
“From school clubs to professional portraits, Houghton’s work is centered on Surrey’s people.”
In the early 2010s, the Houghton family donated his studio collection to Surrey Archives. As with all Surrey Archives programs, audience members are invited to participate. Join in to share your recollections of the past and talk with our knowledgeable staff.
For more information, or to register for this talk hosted through Microsoft Teams call 604-501-5100 or surrey.ca/archives. Follow us on Facebook at @HeritageSurreyBC.