North Devonians invited to photograph life during lockdown.
April 2020, North Devon.
For the first time in over 30 years, the Beaford Archive – home to the North Devon photographs of James Ravilious and Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins – is being reopened.
“James had unrivalled access to North Devon lives, but not even he could have recorded life during lockdown,” said Mark Wallace, Beaford’s Director. “The only way we’ll do that is together – so, for the first time ever, we’re asking everyone in North Devon to add their photos to the Beaford Archive.”
The Beaford Archive contains over 100,000 images of northern Devon from 1850-1990. Over 10,000 of these are now available online at beafordarchive.org, thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Royal Photographic Society has called it “unparalleled in both quantity and quality”. It has never before been opened for general submission, but the trustees of Beaford see it as vital that the Archive records these times for future generations. As a result, this new chapter in the Archive’s history will be written by the people of North Devon.
More details on how to submit photographs and information on James Ravilious’s approach to photo selection can be found at http://beaford.org. Curated galleries featuring submitted photos will be displayed throughout the lockdown period.