Pioneering Norfolk photographer to be celebrated in new exhibition

Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 8 October 201

Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 8 October 2016 to 22 January 2017. Prince Albert (King George VI), by Olive Edis. Glass plate negative, 1920. © Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum) - Credit: © Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

She was a pioneering photographer who took pictures of everything from First World War battlefields to royalty to the fishermen of north Norfolk.

And next month more than 190 photographs taken by Olive Edis between 1900 and 1955 will be displayed in a special exhibition in Norwich. Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis will open at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, October 8.

Ms Edis, who had studios in Sheringham, was one of the most important photographers of the first half of the 20th century and the first-ever accredited female war photographer. The new exhibition is part of the ongoing Olive Edis project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to boost awareness of Ms Edis' inspirational life and work.

Curator Alistair Murphy, said: 'Olive Edis was a remarkable woman. She was well-educated, forward thinking, a visionary, an astute business entrepreneur and most importantly a talented photographer with a natural affinity for her subjects – however grand or humble each was afforded respect and dignity.

'Like the many influential and inspirational women that she photographed, Edis was herself a 'new woman'.

'Edis' photographic legacy is a 'national treasure' and we are delighted to present, for the first time, this highly impressive display of her work, to be appreciated by a larger audience.'

The exhibition, which features Ms Edis' photographs of people ranging from King George VI to Thomas Hardy to Norfolk fishermen, has been curated specially for Norwich Castle. A smaller exhibition featuring different images will form part of the permanent display at the Cromer Museum in the future.

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Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis is at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery from October 8 until January 22. Visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Read more about the new exhibition in Weekend magazine this Saturday.

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