Olive Edis Exhibition

“Fishermen & Kings” | The Photography of Olive Edis | Alistair Murphy and Elizabeth Elmore | Published by the Norfolk Museum Service


New Olive Edis displays have opened at the Cromer Museum and a touring exhibition, “The Road to Ypres”, will tour museums in Norfolk and further afield during 2017/2018.

Olive Edis was one of the most important photographers of the early 20th century. She was an exceptional portrait artist, photographing the full spectrum of society: from local fishermen to royalty. She was a successful business woman, a pioneer of photographic techniques and the first British woman appointed as an official war photographer.

Cromer Museum holds the largest collection of Olive Edis’ work, consisting of over 2000 glass plate negatives, prints and rare autochromes, the first commercially available colour photographs.

In the 60 years since her death her huge contribution to photography has largely been forgotten. An £81,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant with additional funding from the Friends of Cromer Museum and the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation has enabled the Cromer Museum to tell her story.