Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Opening on 8 October 2016
Fishermen and Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis
8 October 2016 to 22 January 2017
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
The life and work of British photographer Olive Edis (1876-1955) is celebrated in the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to her 50 year-long career. Featuring more than 190 rare photographs, it showcases Edis’ wide-ranging portraiture from British royalty to dignified Norfolk fishermen, together with her important work as the first-ever accredited female war photographer.
Edis was only the 5th official British photographer to visit Europe to cover WW1 and her atmospheric photographs capture the devastation that followed the Great War. In addition the exhibition reveals the technical development of Edis’ work and examines her outstanding contribution to the history of photography.
The exhibition is part of the on-going Heritage Lottery Funded Olive Edis project, which aims to raise awareness of this pioneering but relatively unknown photographer whose sensitive, affecting work is ripe for rediscovery. The majority of the material is on loan from the Cromer Museum, Norfolk