A new exhibition at Exeter’s award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum features fascinating images from RAMM’s collection of historic glass plate slides, cine film contributed by members of the public and digital images generated by local young people.
Entitled Life Through the Lens the exhibition makes intriguing insights about people and places based on the images that have survived from the past and questions what museums should preserve for the future.
The photographs taken by a diverse group of local young people were inspired by the museum’s glass plate slides. While reflecting on how the immediacy of digital photography influenced their decisions about the number and type of images they took, the young people recorded aspects of their world.
Community artist Kate Green shared photographic techniques and ideas, inspiring them to be creative with their digital cameras. They explored portraiture, documentary photography, and landscape techniques and also ventured out and about in Exeter testing their new found skills on the streets. The group journeyed into the world of digital manipulation and discovered what can be achieved when images are combined. The result is a fascination juxtaposition of new and old imagery.
Life Through the Lens is in RAMM’s gallery 20 from October 6 2012 to 10 January 2013.
The youth project was supported by Devon Camera, the Exeter Youth Inclusion and Support Team and Devon Young Carers.
Two Friday lunchtime talks follow the exhibition’s photographic theme: on October 19 RAMM’s curator of costume offers tips on how to date family photos and on 7 December a photographic conservator gives advice on their care. Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during museum opening hours (Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm).