Project by: Dr Karen Shepherdson

This research examines commercial seaside photo-graphic practice from 1860-1980. The exploration offers a visual exposition of the British seaside as represented through the refracted lens of the itinerant beach photographer – also often derogatorily referred to as a ‘Smudger’ or ‘Bodger’. Despite their hum-ble means of production, the photographs are frequently evocative, drawing the viewer into a nostalgic past shaped by visual half-truths. The re-search examines conventions, expectations and mytholo-gisations of what seaside portrait photography should present and how these provide a highly mediated and edited view of seaside experience.

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