Olive Edis: Photographer


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Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life, White Hart Street, Thetford, IP24 1AA

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Olive Edis was one of the most important photographers of the early 20th century.

She was an exceptional portrait artist, photographing the spectrum of British society, from local fishermen to royalty.  Olive Edis was a successful business woman, a pioneer of photographic techniques such as the early use of colour and the first British woman appointed as an official war photographer.

This exhibition shows over 60 photographs she took during her career including portraits of prime ministers, members of the royal family, literary figures and campaigners for women’s suffrage as well as Norfolk fishermen.  Also on display are some of her photographs from the war-torn Europe of March 1919.

In the 60 years since her death her huge contribution to photography has been largely forgotten.  Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Olive Edis Project aims to raise awareness of Edis’ work and give her the recognition she deserves.

Exhibition open until 14 September 2019.