The Melton Prior Institute for Reportage Drawing & Printing Culture

I recently discovered the existence of an institute dedicated to reportage drawing: The Melton Prior Institute.

It is named after Melton Prior, an English artist who worked for the London Illustrated News back in the days before photography, when newspapers relied on artists to produce visual records of news events.

The institute’s website is a gold mine of resources about illustrated newspapers, war artists, reportage illustrators and graphic arts in general.

Artists keen on the narrative powers of illustration will enjoy digging deeper into the site. It’s a real time sink, but certainly inspirational for those of us who work in the crossroads of art and journalism.