Lecture: Presence and the Photograph by Elizabeth Edwards – 26 November 2015

Join Professor Elizabeth Edwards at Jerwood Space, London for a lecture on 'Presence and the Photograph: some thoughts from history and anthropology',

Thursday 26 November 2015
Jerwood Space
171 Union St, London SE1 0LN


Nearest tube:  Southwark, London Bridge or Borough

Using Matthew Finn’s searching and moving photographs of his mother as she slides into dementia and another way of being, Professor Elizabeth Edwards considers the idea of presence in photography. Edwards has been working with this concept at the intersection of history and anthropology as a way to explore a more fluid language of representation that allows space for empathy, respect and the articulation of experience.

Elizabeth Edwards is a Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 Core Mentor.

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015: Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska and Tereza Zelenkova a group exhibition of new photography enabled by the first national Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, shows at Jerwood Space London, 4 November – 13 December 2015, touring to Impressions Gallery, Bradford 5 January – 19 March 2016 and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool in Autumn 2016.

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For more information about the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 and each of the Awardees, click here


Professor Elizabeth Edwards is Research Professor of Photographic History and Director of the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester. A visual and historical anthropologist, she has worked extensively on the relationships between photography, anthropology and history, on the social practices of photography, on the materiality of photographs and on photography and historical imagination. She previously held curatorial and academic posts in Oxford and London. In addition to major monographs, most recently The Camera as Historian: amateur photographers and historical Imagination (2012), she has published over 80 essays in journals and exhibition catalogues over the years. With colleagues in the Netherlands and Norway, she led a major HERA/European-funded project on the role of the photographic legacy of the colonial past in contemporary Europe. She serves on numerous academic committees and peer-review colleges, was Vice-President of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2009-12, held a Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham (Spring 2012) and is on the Advisory Board of the National Media Museum. In 2015 was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.