Colin Osman (1926-2001) was a photographer, editor and collector whose publications in the 1960s and 1970s played a major part in the development of British photography and the recording of its history.
Osman was born in London and began his photographic career on Racing Pigeon, a weekly magazine founded by his grandfather. He subjects varied over the years that followed, with later publications of his own work including Amor Amor: In Praise of Women (1969).
He is best known for championing the work of others as the writer of articles and monographs and, above all, as the publisher of the ground-breaking journal Creative Camera. The journal was edited first by the influential Bill Jay and subsequently, from 1970 until 1986, by Osman himself. It featured and promoted a new generation of British photographers, including Tony Ray-Jones and David Hurn. It also looked back, producing the first studies of previously unexamined photographers, such as Kurt Hutton, in pioneering pieces of British photographic history.