New Olive Edis pictures go on show

New pictures taken by a famous photographer who worked in Sheringham have been unearthed.More than 80 photographs documenting Hong Kong taken by Olive Edis have been put on display at Cromer Museum.

New pictures taken by a famous photographer who worked in Sheringham have been unearthed.

More than 80 photographs documenting Hong Kong taken by Olive Edis have been put on display at Cromer Museum.

Olive Edis, who worked from a small studio near Sheringham Church having moved to the town in 1905, pioneered new photographic techniques in the early decades of the 20th century. In particular, she pioneered autochrome photography, the first true colour photographic process.

She photographed a wide variety of British society from royalty and famous people of her day, to Norfolk fishermen's wives.


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She was also appointed an official war artist, the only official woman photographer, and photographed British Women's Services and the battlefields of France and Flanders between 1914-19 for the Imperial War Museum.

Alistair Murphy curator of Cromer Museum, said: 'There is no documentation with the photos, but we believe they were taken in the first half of the 1920s based on the clothes in the pictures.'

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A self-portrait of Olive Edis has been selected as one of 10 objects from Norfolk to feature in the BBC Radio Norfolk's local History of the World, programmes.

To mark the occasion, the museum is running a fascinating photos event on Thursday, February 18 and the BBC plan to broadcast the Karen Buchanan show from Cromer museum on that day from 11am - 1pm.

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