Life and career
Joseph was born in Salford, Lancashire, England, on 24 October 1955. He has degrees in modern languages (University of Oxford) and management studies (Ecole des affaires de Paris-ESCP Europe). Author of numerous articles and books on nineteenth-century photography in Belgium, he also researches the application of photography to book illustration and photomechanical printing processes. His current research topics include early advertising photography and the development of large format images on posters and broadsides up to 1914. He has helped to design and organize several exhibitions in his specialist fields. In 2001, the Rijksmuseum acquired his collection of 19th-century photographically illustrated books, amounting to some two thousand volumes. Steven F. Joseph is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and corresponding member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie.