A Seaside Album
A Seaside Album: Photographs and Memory
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery: 10 May – 8 Oct 2003
A major exhibition, complemented by a book of the same name, written by Phillippe Garner, a leading connoisseur and authority on photographs.
The history of photography in Brighton mirrors the history of the medium in Britain. Leading pioneers set up studios here, or visited, attracted by the fashionable clientele and the clear skies. In later years, both distinguished exponents and commercial photographers came too: they captured the popular mood, created memorable studies and recorded the changing topography of the town.
This exhibition and accompanying book have revealed a story of changing times, changing attitudes and developing artistic visions through the power of the photographic image, as well as the changing face of Brighton and Hove from the 1840s to the early 1990s. Around 150 original photographs of Brighton and Hove were assembled from Philippe Garner's remarkable collection, which includes prints by many of the most celebrated photographers to have worked in the UK.