Beyond the View: New Perspectives in Seaside Photography

 “The book is beautifully produced with great texts and photography and a 'photobook' in its own right. It is an important contribution to the subject and the editors and contributors are to be congratulated on producing an original publication that adds to our knowledge of this genre, in such an accessible way.” Michael Pritchard, Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society 

The book by SEAS Photography’s Rob Ball and Karen Shepherdson includes an essay by Colin Harding and provides new insight into commercial seaside photographic practice from 1850-1980. The research brings focus onto a hitherto overlooked form of demotic photography, revealing rich seams of imagery and offering new perspectives on working class coastal history. Through this publication images which have never previously been seen are made visible and accessible.

SEA BATHERS: Reflections and Responses

For many people living along the south-east coast, sea bathing is part of their summer experience. This event was organised by SEAS Photography to coincide with the start of the 2015 sea swimming season. The event sought to consider how sea swimming contributes to the culture, economy and health of the region. 

SEA BATHERS: Reflections and Responses offered an exciting day of events which specifically reflected and responded to sea swimming. The event included a presentation by sea swimmer and cultural historian Susie Parr and also artist talks and presentations by filmmaker Emma Critchley and SEAS’ Director Karen Shepherdson. Dom Bridges was also in attendance, demonstrating the prototype of the much acclaimed contemporary Margate Sea Bathing Machine.

The event took place at Turner Contemporary. Following a morning of talks the event moved to Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, Cliftonville where Rob Ball’s tintype itinerant portrait studio  was located along with a Camera Obscura which was freely open to the public.

Louis Yang

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