(New) Perspectives on Seaside Photography

“In the United Kingdom, one is never more than seventy-five miles away from the coast. With this much shoreline, it’s not surprising that there is a strong British tradition of photography by the seaside. American photographers may have given birth to Street photography; but in the UK, we have the beach. Perhaps the natural outcome is Beach Photography.”
Martin Parr 2013


Thursday 10th and Friday 11th July 2014

Please note that transportation between the locations will be provided for all speakers and delegates.

This conference explores seaside photography in its very broadest sense and provides an exciting critical space for debate and enquiry: the seaside as boundary between different environments; its location in contemporary photographic practice; seaside photography in an historical context, including class, gender issues and youth; the vernacular; the demotic; regeneration and the rise of leisure as captured in seaside imagery etc.

Confirmed Speakers: 

The Conference responder is:

  • Professor Val Williams (Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the University of the Arts in London)

The conference also includes an evening reception at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury on 10 th July as part of the associated Heritage Lottery Funded photographic exhibition: Beyond the View – Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection. 

Should further information be required please do not hesitate to email Dr Karen Shepherdson.|


  • Full Conference Fee: £66 inc VAT
  • CCCU Student Conference Fee: £40 inc VAT
  • Day Rate (Thursday only): £55 inc VAT

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