Photoforum at Derby QUAD

November 26th, 2013
The Box, QUAD, Derby
£ 3

Photographic Historians are Detectives

To many photographers the history of the medium can be a bit dry and irrelevant to their own practice, but Roger Taylor, former senior curator at the National Media Museum, Bradford and Emeritus Professor at De Montfort University, Leicester brings it to life and even makes it a bit sexy.

Roger is photographic consultant to the Royal Library and Archives, Windsor Castle and co-curated the first exhibition of photographs at Buckingham Palace in 1987. He is also a specialist advisor to the National Heritage Fund, the National Lottery Fund, the Museums and Galleries Commission, and the Ministry of Culture in Oslo, Norway.

He will explain how imaginative leaps and persistent detective work inform the discipline of his working methods, which has been an important part of his recent research into Linneus Tripe, the pioneering 19th century photographer.

A former photography student at what is now the University of Derby in the 1960s, Roger eventually became head of photography at Sheffield Polytechnic. Possibly his crowning achievement was the exhibition Impressed with Light in 2007, which was the first show of British photography at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and travelled to the National Gallery, Washington and the Musee d”Orsay, Paris. The accompanying publication was winner of the New York Book Show and the Kraszna Krausz Photographic Book Award, London in 2008.

As we have so many active photographers in the region, each Photoforum includes the opportunity for you to show your own work too. We are calling this part of the evening 5 X 5 when five participants will have five minutes to show their work. It’s a bit like speed dating with photographs. There will be 60 seconds for comment after each set, led by Paul Hill.

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