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Symposium: 175 Years of Photography in Devon / 9 April 2016

The seemingly magical process of capturing an image on a light-sensitive surface entranced the Victorian age. This new science and artform, which became known as photography, was created by pioneers from the 1830s onwards. By the late 1850s numerous photographic studios had been established in the county.

This symposium is the first time that a public day event has been devoted to exploring photography in Devon. Its crossover between Science and Art exactly fits the aims of the Devonshire Association, and the programme will reflect this. The morning will include exciting new work on pioneers of photography in Devon, and on the remarkable topographical work in the county of one of the finest national photographers of the mid-19th century, and of his contemporaries. There will also be a challenge to identify Devon scenes photographed in the 1860s as studies for nationally renowned artists. James Davies will give a presentation on the official recording of buildings within the county.

The afternoon will start with a look at the revelatory landscape and social record of Chris Chapman and the late James Ravilious from the 1970s onwards. The day will come full circle with presentations from three contemporary internationally respected artistphotographers inspired by Devon – Garry Fabian Miller, Susan Derges and Jem Southam – whose camera-less techniques or equipment echo that of the very earliest practitioners. Much of the rich visual material and information will be presented for the first time, and the important role of photography in Devon will be more than amply demonstrated.

Saturday 9 April 2016. 9.30am (Registration) – 4.30pm Petroc College, Mid Devon Campus, Bolham Road, Tiverton EX16 6SH

The programme and a booking form is available here: 

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