We’ve been working on bespoke Classic Gallery Frames in stained oak for the upcoming P. H Emerson exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery. With images sourced from the Victoria and Albert Museum and Nottingham Castle’s own collections, the exhibition explores the artist’s modes of presenting his photographs to the public – including work by Emerson published as photogravures, bound pictorial books and stand-alone large scale prints.
Through the inclusion of archival documents from The V&A, the ways in which Emerson carefully controlled the circulation of his work will be revealed, and the objects on display will show Emerson’s fascinating editorial vision and offer insight into his intriguing writings.
The exhibition is curated by Federica Chiocchetti as part of Nottingham Castle’s partnership with the V&A via their Curatorial Fellowship Programme, supported by the Art Fund.
About P. H. Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson (b. Cuba 1856 – d. UK 1936) was one of the most pioneering photographers – and opinionated writers – of the late 19th century. His interests were eclectic, and included medicine, sports, genealogy, anthropology, and ornithology. Between 1881 and 1895 he devoted his life to photography and writing about rural life in East Anglia, particularly the Norfolk Broads.
P. H Emerson: Presented by the Author at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
21 November 2015 – 7 February 2016
Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery,
P. H. Emerson Symposium
21 November 2015
10am – 4pm
£15 per person (including entry fee, lunch and refreshments)
This one-day symposium will explore Emerson’s fascinating life, photographic vision and writings with speakers including Martin Barnes (Senior Curator of Photographs, V&A, London), Dr Hope Kingsley (Curator, Education and Collections, Wilson Centre for Photography), Prof David Matless (Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham),Edith Marie Pasquier (Artist and Researcher, Royal College of Art, London) and Stephen Hyde (Nottinghamshire-born great-grandson of P.H. Emerson).