Derby Cathedral marks midway point in Peter Marlow: The English Cathedral Exhibition Tour

Written on 14/06/2024

Derby Cathedral marks midway point in Peter Marlow: The English Cathedral Exhibition Tour

Having toured extensively across England, Peter Marlow: The English Cathedral, the ambitious
photographic project chronicling at dawn all 42 naves of England’s Anglican cathedrals in natural light with all modern artificial light turned off, reaches a key stage when the free photographic exhibition shows at Derby Cathedral from 23 July – 1 September 2024.

Derby Cathedral marks the midway point in this epic geographical tour – the 21st cathedral to exhibit the works of the 42 cathedrals that the late Magnum photographer Peter Marlow (b. UK, 1952 – 2016) photographed for the series.

Organised by the Peter Marlow Foundation, the charity set up to continue Peter’s legacy, the aim is
that this ethereal collection of images will exhibit at each of the 42 cathedrals he visited on his
photographic pilgrimage across England. In hosting the exhibition, Peter Marlow: The English
Cathedral, Derby Cathedral invites its visitors to embark on a visual journey through the lens of Peter Marlow. The exhibition will be on display in the Cavendish Area and the Court Area during normal cathedral opening hours.

When he photographed the 42 Anglican cathedrals for the series, Peter took extensive time and
preparation prior to and during the process in capturing the final photograph displayed here in the
exhibition. Part of this process was the use of Fujifilm FP 100 Instant film to test the view and the
exposure of each shot. In recognition of this Fujifilm has supplied instax cameras and film at the
exhibitions on the tour. Visitors are asked to take photographs of the exhibition in-situ at Derby
Cathedral and the visitors it attracts, utilising the example photographs by some of Peter’s fellow
Magnum photographers, Elliott Erwitt, David Seymour (Chim), Chris Steele-Perkins, Stuart Franklinand David Hurn.

Fiona Naylor, Peter’s partner and Chair of the Peter Marlow Foundation, says of this key point in
Peter Marlow: The English Cathedral, “To have reached the half-way point in this extraordinary tour across England of Peter’s cathedral portraits is certainly something to be celebrated. It is important to share Peter’s work and the ongoing work of the Peter Marlow Foundation and introduce both to so many new audiences. We are looking forward to the coming years as the tour shows in all 42 of the English Anglican cathedrals Peter documented on his photographic road trip. These iconic buildings are superbly flexible and make wonderful galleries as well as being places of religion, peace and the deep history of England.”

The Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby, says of the exhibition; “We are delighted to be
showcasing the exquisite exhibition by the late Peter Marlow, and we feel privileged to be featured as the halfway point of the tour. That the image is captured in natural daylight allows the viewer to see the relationship between light and the building. May this exhibition inspire photographers and visitors alike, to explore the beauty that surrounds us with creativity.”

The Exhibition will be open inside the Cathedral from 23 July – 1 September 2024.

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