Flirting with photography: vision and touch in Victorian women’s albums and scrapbooks
Page from Lady Filmer’s Album, circa 1860s.
Wilson Centre for Photography
In this talk, Patrizia Di Bello, Senior Lecturer and co-director at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck, University of London, explores the boom in album-making amongst fashionable upper-class women in England in the 1860s.
Using carte-de-visite portraits, women cut and pasted a mixture of personal and public portraits and inserted them in hand-painted backdrops, to comment on the people involved, make jokes, and suggest flirtatious narratives about sociable life.
Taking a closer look at the way Victorian women played with pictures reveals a life not as ‘Victorian’ as we imagine it to be.
The event is FREE but booking is essential as places are limited. To reserve your place email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact telephone number.
This lecture forms part of a series accompanying a project by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales to work on its rich and diverse historic photographic collections – a project made possible through a major gift from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
In partnership with the eCPR, at University of South Wales, the lecture series reflects the exciting work that the Museum is undertaking from 2012 to 2015.
For further partner details visit http://www.newport.ac.uk/research/ResearchGroups/ecpr/Pages/eCPR.aspx.
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