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Monday 17 February 2020 – Steve Cole

Monday 17 February 2020 - Steve Cole
Photographing historic buildings

Historic buildings have featured in photographs since the beginning of photography in 1839. The image of the built heritage has long been used to record what we have, or had. As evidence about how places change or remain the same and as examples of permanency or decay and destruction. There are right and wrong ways of taking these photographs. This talk will look at these and provide pointers about the correct use of the camera and light to produce the best results and the additional information required to make the image useful for both enjoyment and research.
 
Steve Cole has worked for many years as a photographer in the cultural heritage sector.  He worked at the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) and, afterwards, at English Heritage where he became Head of Photography in 2000. During that time, he oversaw the transition from film-based systems to digital image capture and storage, devising, adapting and instituting new standards and working practises.
 
Steve has lectured on photography of the historic environment at the Departments of Continuing Education of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He was born in London and was a resident of west London and north London before moving to Cambridgeshire in 1991. His interests are, obviously, photography and all periods of architecture and archaeology. He was Chairman of the Ely & District Archaeological Society for 20 years before stepping down in 2019.