Funding for virtual exhibition of SEASide photography granted by AHRC

15 April 2015

SEAS Photography, the South East Archive of Seaside Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, is celebrating its recent success being granted £4000 funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to create a virtual online exhibition of prototype seaside holiday photographs.

Funding for virtual exhibition of SEASide photography granted by AHRC

Photograph in the virtual SEAS exhibition

The virtual exhibition, which will be available on the AHRC’s website from June 2015, is part of the South East Archive of Seaside Photography which has been collecting and archiving seaside photography since 2012. It will provide an engaging insight into commercial seaside photographic practice from 1850-1915, showing the British seaside through the lens of the ‘beach’ photographer.

Dr Karen Shepherdson, Principal Lecturer in Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University and Director of SEAS Photography, said: “The early beach photographer was perceived as a vulgar salesman and a pest, and for this reason, the work they produced has been artistically dismissed and seen as cheap, throw-away seaside memorabilia.

“The exhibition provides an opportunity to reconsider previous aesthetic, technical and cultural disregard in viewing these arguably beautiful ‘while-you-wait’ tintypes and ambrotypes.”

To take a look at the project in more detail and view some of the many archived images, visit the SEAS photography website: .

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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