Talk: Photographic Sublime – Dr Tom Peck

March 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Scott Primary School
Hawk Dr
Bedford MK41 7JA

The Photographic Sublime

Speaker – Dr Tom Peck

How the traditions of the sublime in art influence the photography of the past, the present and the future.

Dr Thomas Peck (contributor to Black & White Photography and traces the roots of the English and German traditions of the sublime: “think awesome / fearful vs transcendent / mystical nature,”  and shows how these have influenced the early photographers of the landscape through to the modern day.

With examples stretching from painters like Turner and Caspar David Friedrich and photos from a wide selection including Carleton E Watkins to M Kenna to S Salgado to A Adams to H Sugimoto, plus the author’s own pictures.

The presentation is a fascinating insight into a cultural trend which is sure to provoke some debate, especially when we look into the future at how photography and the sublime might continue to interact in the 21st century

“OK, that all sounds a bit high-brow – it wasn’t. Everyone had something complimentary to say about the talk and it was one of the rare occasions when people will go away genuinely trying to apply what they have learned in their own pictures. If you haven’t seen Tom deliver this presentation it is a real feast for the eyes and the mind.” Read the full Edmonton CC review of Tom’s talk


Part way through most evenings there is a short refreshment interval 

Unless otherwise specified meetings are held at Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA

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