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Museum to showcase life of Britain’s first woman war photographer

Self portrait of Olive Edis. Picture: OLIVE EDIS/NICK BUTCHER

Self portrait of Olive Edis. Picture: OLIVE EDIS/NICK BUTCHER

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The life and times of one of the most fascinating photographers of the 20th century is to be covered in two planned exhibitions.

Sheringham Museum is running Olive Edis: A Life in Focus 1876-1955 and The Road to Yrpes from June 6 to September 23.

Ms Edis, who lived in Sheringham for more than 50 years and had studios there and in Cromer, is considered a pioneer of autochrome photography, and was Britain’s first female war photographer.

She also adventured far and wide, seeking out new photographic challenges across the Middle East, the Far East and the Amazon.

Ms Edis’s portrait photos captured subjects as diverse as prime minister David Lloyd George and Cromer lifeboatman Henry Blogg.

A spokesman said: “These two exhibitions provide insight into the work and personality of an extraordinary renaissance woman. The museum is proud to celebrate the life of this extraordinary woman of Sheringham.”

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