Edward Reeves took up studio photography circa 1855. Today his great-grandson Tom and his wife Tania are still running the business, believed to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world. With an archive of over 100,000 glass plates and related paperwork it’s a unique record of the daily life of this market town and the history of commercial photographic practice.
Stories Seen Thorough A Glass Plate was first exhibited during Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2014. It shows work by the first three generations of Reeves photographers, as light boxes in 56 shop windows – presented in the locations where they were originally taken many years ago.
Details and a map of the trail can be obtained from the Lewes tourist office (at the top of Station Street), or from Edward Reeves 159 High Street, Lewes (not open Saturday pm or Sunday)
For more information on the project please visit reevesarchive.co.uk.
Curated by Brigitte Lardinois, Senior Research Fellow at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London with Matt Haycocks, University of Ulster, assisted by photographer Yaz Norris.