Evolution of Asylum Photography
September 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm£2.00
David Scrimgeour will follow up his early talk about Early Asylum Life with his new talk:
Evolution of Asylum Patient Photography:
The archives of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield contain hundreds of photographs of the insane poor. Rare examples date from 1868, by which time pioneering photographers at other institutions had been capturing patients’ images since the 1850s. Asylum Director James Crichton-Browne, the driving force behind the use of photography in Yorkshire, corresponded with celebrated naturalist Charles Darwin enclosing numerous patients’ portraits, usually annotated with a diagnosis of their illness. Through a presentation rich in images captured nearly 150 years ago the audience learns what motivated photography, how it evolved during the 19th century and what legacy remains today.
Please note this is an afternoon meeting.
Cost is £2.00 for Non Members.