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Exhibition: Collective Observations: Folklore & Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr

Since 1897, when Sir Benjamin Stone established the National Photographic Record Association (NPRA), photographers have had a fascination with the rites and rituals of Britain. Photography and folklore practice have a complimentary relationship – the medium of photography captures the ephemeral moment. Despite existing in the here and now, both photography and folklore are an act of remembrance. Photographs act as a repository of these fleeting happenings, and constitute an artefact of folklore in themselves.

With contributions from Faye Claridge, Matthew Cowan, Doc Rowe, the Benjamin Stone Collection, Flickr and more.

Founded in 2009 by renowned art director, Simon Costin, the Museum of British Folklore aims to promote, celebrate and re-evaluate the folk culture of Britain.

The Museum is currently producing a two year exhibition programme in conjunction with regional art organisations across the UK, giving audiences a taste of what will be on show when the Museum of British Folklore is established in a permanent home.

Collective Observations:

Folklore & Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr Towner Art Gallery, Eastboune

13 October 2012 - 6 January 2013 (free)

Image: Doc Rowe, Padstow Oss Mayday © Doc Rowe

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