Lacock Abbey was the home of William Henry Fox Talbot, and was where he developed the Calotype contact-printing process in the 1830s, which is essentially the positive-negative analogue process we are all familiar with today.
The Abbey, which is situated in the – almost theme-park perfect – village of Lacock, has a modest permanent exhibition devoted to Fox Talbot and his contribution to photography, which we will have a look at. Above this, is an exhibition space which often hosts work by practitioners who work with experimental and ‘alternative’ processes. Jo Whaley, creates works using appropriated (found) pictures that are then re-photographed with insects to striking effect. For a much richer exploration of her methods and motivations, see the essay on her website.
After viewing the exhibition, and lunch (students must make own arrangements) we will have a seminar, where students are invited to show some work in progress for peer and tutor review. Although perhaps a daunting prospect, previously, students have found this an invaluable opportunity to get some ‘live’ feedback on their work, as well as discuss other aspects of their studies. More information on what to bring to the seminar will be provided nearer the time.
Although this will primarily be of interest to those on Photography modules, students from other disciplines are very much welcomed.
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