With a legacy spanning over five decades, we have been dedicated to delivering high quality in fine art photography, video production, and premium print solutions. Our studio, located in Mayfair, London, serves the diverse needs of clients in the UK an internationally. We aim to be at the forefront of photographic excellence through constant innovation and evolving expertise, allowing us to realise our clients’ vision to the highest possible standard.  

At the age of eight, Prudence Cuming bought her first camera for half a crown at a fete in Cornwall and was instantly hooked. Her parents encouraged her interest in photography, and by the time she was ten, Prudence was doing her own processing and printing in the family bathroom, spending her pocket money on film, chemicals and photographic paper. 

Prudence enrolled at Regent Street Polytechnic on a 2-year course in Photography from 1957-59, where she worked with 5”x4” Gandolfi cameras using glass plates. She learned portraiture, still life, fashion, architectural, industrial, advertising, theory, retouching, black and white printing and processing.  

“The excitement of processing the black and white film in a plastic developing tank and then printing the negatives, watching the image slowly emerge as the paper was agitated in the developer…It was like magic to a ten-year-old.” 

As a woman, Prudence realised that finding a job in photography would be difficult, so she started her own business, taking space in a studio in St George Street, Hanover Square initially on her own. She specialised in industrial photography, working on location at power stations and industrial sites where her assignments included climbing the outside of high chimneys and photographing in a deep freeze - all long before Health and Safety had been invented. 

From these beginnings, the studio came to specialise entirely in the photography of works of art including paintings, drawings, sculptures, silver, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and objects. In 1967 Prudence Cuming Associates Limited established its business at Dover Street where it’s remained ever since, though Prudence herself retired from the business in 1998.  

Today, the company has grown significantly, with many changes along the way, yet we continue to proudly uphold the principles of rigorous professional excellence established by our founder. We use the latest in digital technology for photography, filming, retouching, scanning and digital printing. Our fully equipped studio allows us to offer a complete service to clients including private and public galleries, leading artists, collectors, auction houses and large institutions. We also work on location in the UK, Europe and internationally.  


"Prudence Cuming Ltd is all we look for in a fine-art photographer: efficient, knowledgeable and precise. The artists and curators we work with are always thrilled with quality of the result."

- Royal Academy Of Arts, London 

“Over a period of more than thirty years, successive members of the team at Prudence Cuming have created thoughtful images, sensitive to the individual character of each object entrusted to their studio.”

- Martin P. Levy, H. Blairman & Sons

“We have used Prudence Cuming Associates for 40 years and have found them reliable, professional and artistically accomplished.”

- Brian Haughton Gallery

“Wartski has relied on Prudence Cuming for its photography for over three decades. The quality of the studio’s images, the photographers’ attention to detail and their professionalism are highly valued and indeed indispensable.”

- Wartski

“We always appreciate working with your team, as the professionalism and service is exceptional. We never have to worry about the final outcomes”

- Transport For London

“I have worked with Prudence Cummings for many years. Their images of my work will be seen by more people that will see the actual paintings, so the standard of the photography has to be very high, their work is excellent."

- Fanny Rush, Artist

"Prudence Cuming have been photographing my work for over twenty years. I wouldn't go anywhere else! They are a very friendly and professional team and I can rely on them to make the best images of my paintings every time."

- Jennifer Morrison, Artist