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The English Cathedral Exhibition
1st February - 1st March
The Peter Marlow exhibition entitled “The English Cathedral” opens in the South Transept and will be housed there for the whole month. Viewing is free.
Following on from its acquisition by the V&A’s permanent photography collection, Blackburn Cathedral is proud to be one of the first venues to exhibit ‘The English Cathedral’ by Peter Marlow as it tours the country.
42 photographs representing all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England by Magnum photographer Peter Marlow (1952 – 2016) will be on display in the South Transept from 1st February until 1st of March 2019.
In 2008, Marlow was commissioned by Royal Mail, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral, to photograph six cathedrals. The resulting images of Lichfield, Belfast, Gloucester, St David’s, Westminster, and St Magnus in Orkney were issued as a set of six commemorative stamps and a miniature sheet.
Once the commission was complete, Marlow was inspired to continue the project and in the following four years shot all 42 of the cathedrals of the Church of England.
Each cathedral was photographed at dawn using only natural light. This endeavour can be viewed as a contemporary update to tradition of church photography in England, particularly the work of Frederick Evans and Edwin Smith. Marlow’s photographic typology of England’s Anglican cathedrals was published in a monograph by Merrell in 2012.