Peter Henry Emerson (Cuba 1856 – UK 1936) was one of the most pioneering photographers - and opinionated writers - of the late 19th century. His interests were eclectic, and included medicine, sports, genealogy, anthropology, and ornithology. Between 1881 and 1895 he devoted his life to photography and writing about rural life in East Anglia, particularly the Norfolk Broads. Defined by one critic as “The Courbet of England”, Emerson argued for naturalism in photography and developed influential photographic techniques, such as 'selective focus'. Inspired by early theories of perception, he wanted to preserve the way the human eye sees nature – not as sharply as a photographic lens. His fervent and public opposition to other, more 'artificial', Victorian photographers, such as Henry Peach Robinson, has become a classic episode in the history of photography. Unexpectedly, in 1890 Emerson recanted his view that photography was an art, although he continued to publish incredible pictorial books, accompanying his images with his writing until 1895.
This one-day symposium explores Emerson’s fascinating life, his photographic vision and writings. Speakers include: Martin Barnes (Senior Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Dr Hope Kingsley (Curator, Education and Collections, Wilson Centre for Photography), Prof David Matless (Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham), Edith Marie Pasquier (Artist and Researcher, Royal College of Art, London) and Stephen Hyde (Nottinghamshire-born great-grandson of P.H. Emerson).
Registration 10.00 - End 16.00
Location: Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, NEMI Room
Tickets are limited to 30 places so booking is essential.
£15 per person, lunch and refreshments are included in the price.
The symposium is organised as part of the public programme of the exhibition P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author (Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery: November 20, 2015 - February 7, 2016), curated by the 2015 Art Fund Curatorial Fellow of Photographs, Federica Chiocchetti, and it is supported by the Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the University of Nottingham, within the Being Human Festival, 2015.
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Standard Class: £36.50 per person
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When & Where
Nottingham City Museums & Galleries
Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Temporary Exhibitions events