Middlesbrough Pictorial & Industrial – Harold Hood

Published in 1926 by photographer and commercial printer, Harold Hood, Middlesbrough Pictorial & Industrial is Hoods love letter to Middlesbrough. Hood photographed the town, its people, buildings and industry. He quotes one critic as saying, If they felt about it as I do they would make a bonfire of the place tomorrow, and pitch the statues of its creators head-most into the flames..

This book was his response.

Harold Hood


A photograph of Acklam Ironworks entitled A Giant and Pigmies by Harold Hood from his book Middlesbrough Pictorial and Industrial published in 1926.


Harold Hood was a well respected photographer and owner of Hood and Company Publisher and Printers of Middlesbrough.  He was a member of the Royal Photographic Society and instigator of the RPS’s annual Hood Medal. The medal is awarded within the art or science of photography for a body of photographic work produced to promote or raise awareness of an aspect of public benefit or service. Past winners of the medal include Sir David Attenborough, Jacques Cousteau and Gina Glover.