The Arts Society, Havering June 2024 event

The Arts Society, Havering will be holding a talk by Brian Slater on Tuesday 11 June 2024 titled ‘From Negative to Positive: Photography’s Long Road to Recognition’.

John Ruskin, the leading critic and aesthete, wrote in the 1850s that photography could never be Art. This lecture traces the struggle to overturn that view, beginning with the Pictorialist school of Victorian photographers and closing with the recent emergence of photographic art inspired by digital technology. Along the way we examine the contested virtues of colour images and the present revival of old-fashioned film cameras.

Brian Stater lectured at University College London for 25 years, retiring in 2021 as a Senior Teaching Fellow. His principal academic interest lay in the appreciation of architecture and he has a lifelong enthusiasm for photography. He therefore offers lectures to The Arts Society on each of these subjects.

This event is open to visitors for a fee of £8:00.

Please visit The Arts Society, Havering website for further details or their Facebook page . You can also contact them by e-mail at or phone 01708 221 903.

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