James Ravilious and Roger Deakins captured the changing rural life of North Devon in the 1970s through thousands of black and white photographs.

'A unique body of work, unparalleled, at least in this country for its scale and range' (Royal Photographic Society).

Their images are being digitised for the Beaford Archive before an exhibition at the Burton Gallery, Bideford, in May. Beaford Arts are our hosts for an afternoon visit to the Heritage Centre. Sophie McCormack, project co-ordinator, and Emma Down, archivist, will speak about the Archive and the work of the archivist.

Original contact sheets and negatives will be shown, as well as a sneak preview of the newly discovered material. The visit ends with a talk by freelance curator Vanessa Cardui on preparations for the Bideford exhibition.

Roger Deakins, born in Torquay in 1949, was the first to work for the Beaford Archive, going on to become a renowned cinematogragher, winning the Best Cinematographer.

James Ravilious (1939-1999), son of Eric, moved to Devon in 1972. Inspired by Cartier-Bresson, he took up photography and spent the next seventeen years recording rural life.


This event has been organised by the Devon Fundraising Committee Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Devon Heritage Centre

Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Exeter, Exeter, EX2 2NL

Entry details

£12

To book, please contact Jo Hawkins on devon@artfund.org.uk

Click here to book online



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