The Edward Reeves photographic studio in Lewes has been used as the setting for a film that forms part of the The Royal British Legion 2015 Poppy Appeal.

A moving and fascinating video has been published this week on the British Legion YouTube channel which was shot in the studio of Edward Reeves in Lewes. The film combines photographs from the Reeves Archive with the stories of service men and women from more recent times, as they sit for photographer Tom Reeves.

The Reeves studio is believed to be the oldest photography business trading continuously at the same location anywhere in the world. The Poppy Appeal film uses modern day veterans to recreate photographs taken in the same studio 100 years ago. Some of the original studio equipment, props and backdrops were used in the film.

Tom Reeves was a guest on Up With Dino and Ruth at the beginning of the Rocket FM 2015 run, but was not able to reveal his involvement in the project at the time. This evening (27th October) Tom appeared live on The One Show on BBC1 (watch from 26’50”).

The story behind the poppy: behind the scenes, can be viewed here:

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