Event details

  • Thu 15 September 2016
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • £4 per person, £3 members. Advanced booking required.
  • The Beaney, 18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA
  • 01227 862 162
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Popular Lecture, exploring the themes of the ‘Only in England’ Exhibition at The Beaney.

A visual presentation which considers the photographic work of Martin Parr and Tony Ray Jones. In Ray Jones’ 1960s pictures we see an often eccentric ‘making strange’ of familiar English seaside scenes – many of which (Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate and Herne Bay) only a short distance from Canterbury. Martin Parr who selected these exhibition prints, has long stressed the importance of Ray Jones in his own practice and this presentation offers an opportunity to (re)consider this influence and explore the legacy both these important photographers have had on contemporary seaside and street photography.

Dr Karen Shepherdson is a writer, curator and photographer. She is Reader in Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, Director of the UK’s South East Archive of Seaside (SEAS) Photography and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures. Her research focuses on the seaside as site of photographic practice and has presented findings at a number of international conferences. Karen has curated several festivals and exhibitions, including the recent SALT: Festival of the Sea & Environment (Folkestone, UK 2015); Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection Exhibition at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK (2014) and co-authored Beyond the View: New Perspectives on Seaside Photography (Burton Press: 2014). She co-edited the four-volume Routledge major collection on Film Theory and has a forthcoming publication: ‘Reframing Commercial Seaside Photography’ with Oxford University Press scheduled for 2017.

Location: The Learning Lab, The Beaney