Fishermen and Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis

8 Oct 2016 – 22 Jan 2017

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Norwich, United Kingdom


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This landmark exhibition explores the work of the pioneering photographer, Olive Edis.


Edis, although now relatively unknown, was one of the most important photographers of the first half of the 20th century and the first-ever accredited female war photographer.

The breadth of her subjects, from British royalty and aristocracy to the craggy faces of the fishermen of north Norfolk, together with her highly atmospheric photographs of the battlefields of France and Flanders taken during her time as an official World War One war photographer, raise her to international status.

The exhibition features more than 190 rare photographs taken by Edis between the years of 1900 and 1955. Norfolk Museum Service holds the largest collection of Edis’ work in the world. This exhibition draws on this unique collection, as well as significant works held by the Imperial War Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

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