'Unblushing Realism' and the Threat of the Pictorial: Photography, Evidence and the Problem of Style

Tuesday 4 November at 18:30 in EV 1.605
Concordia University

Elizabeth Edwards
University of the Arts, London

Drawing on new research, Elizabeth Edwards explores the aesthetic, material, and social values that informed the 19th- and early 20th-century photographic survey movement in Britain - the recording of historical buildings, landscapes, and customs. At the core of this movement was a debate about the nature and purpose of photography itself at a period of both social change and the expansion of photographic practice.

Elizabeth Edwards is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts, London (LCC). She was previously curator of photographs at Pitt Rivers Museum and Lecturer in Visual Anthropology, University of Oxford. Her publications include Raw Histories: Photographs, Anthropology and Museums (2001), and numerous co-edited collections, including Sensible Objects: Colonialism, Museums and Material Culture (2006).


Image: G. Druce, Cobham Lingfield Tomb, detail, 1905. Courtesy of the Surrey History Centre.