A Seaside Album: Photographs and Memory

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery: 10 May – 8 Oct 2003

A major exhibition, complemented by a book of the same name, curated and written by Phillippe Garner, a leading connoisseur and authority on photographs.

The history of photography in Brighton mirrors the history of the medium in Britain. Leading pioneers set up studios here, or visited, attracted by the fashionable clientele and the clear skies. In later years, both distinguished exponents and commercial photographers came too: they captured the popular mood, created memorable studies and recorded the changing topography of the town.

This exhibition and accompanying book revealed a story of changing times, changing attitudes and developing artistic visions through the power of the photographic image, as well as the changing face of Brighton & Hove from the 1840s to the early 1990s. Around 150 original photographs of Brighton & Hove were assembled from Philippe Garner's remarkable collection, which includes prints by many of the most celebrated photographers to have worked in the UK.

Press Coverage

Journal of Royal Photographic Society

May 2003
Front cover and four page feature, with six images, by Roger Hargreaves

Times Play

10 May 2003
Preview, with image

The Times

13 May 2003
Feature by Dalya Alberge, with two images

Daily Telegraph

17 May 2003
Review by Nigel Richardson, with image

Black & White Photography

July 2003
Five page feature with seven images

British Journal of Photography

21 May 2003
Feature, with images

Amateur Photographer

5 May 2003
Small preview, with image

Guardian Guide

Listings include:

24 May 2003

10 May 2003

Independent Information

10 May 2003


15 May 2003
Feature, with two images

7 May 2003
Feature, with three images

10 March 2003
Full page feature, with two images

Brighton & Hove Leader

9 May 2003
Preview, with image

This is Brighton

6 May 2003
Full page feature, with four images

Sussex Life

July 2003
Feature, with images

The Insight

May 2003
Feature, with image

West Sussex Gazette

12 June 2003
Feature, with images

Antiquarian Book Review

May 2003


May 2003
TV News feature including interview with Philippe Garner

BBC South

May 2003
TV News feature

BBC Southern Counties Radio

May 2003
Interview with Philippe Garner

Coastway Hospital Radio

May 2003
Philippe Garner interview feature, with music

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