Garry Fabian Miller: The Light Gatherers

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Garry Fabian Miller: The Light Gatherers

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Lecture 4: Beyond the Middle Place

 Tuesday 21 March 2023

  5pm – 6pm

 Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

 Free, booking required

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Join contemporary fine art photographer Garry Fabian Miller for the fourth in a series of lectures looking at the central role of The Darkroom in his life and within chemical photography.

About this lecture

The sun is in the West, the horizon is waiting its arrival. This is the moment when I feel most alive – eyes widest open. We can start a fresh tomorrow; we can try again to become a vessel of radiance. The last daylight has fallen, passed through my eyes, cast its shadows on my brain. I have soaked up every last drop. This last look is the most important as the sun falls. I carry it into the darkness. It holds me safe. In the morning, I release its light back into the world, like a Darkroom exposure.

– Garry Fabian Miller

Lead image: Sections of England. The Sea Horizon, 1976/77. No 04, printed 1976  © Garry Fabian Miller 

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

About The Light Gatherers lecture series

This public lecture series, beginning March 2022 and running until October 2023, is part of Garry Fabian Miller's Honorary Fellowship with the Bodleian Libraries.

The series will consider the central place of the darkroom in the history of chemical photography, and lead attendees through his process, uses of light and dark, and his unique exploration of colour. He will also discuss his influences, from Enlightenment experimenters tasked with trying to preserve light, to Magic Lantern projectionists, the Bauhaus movement from the early 20th century and the final days of darkrooms.

Garry has also authored an associated publication to the lecture series entitled Dark Room: A Memoir, which will feature an essay by celebrated artist and writer Edmund de Waal and is due to be published in 2023.

Tickets for future lectures will be released in due course.

Watch Lecture 1: The Light Gatherers.

Watch Lecture 2: The Darkroom's Erasure.

Watch Lecture 3: Natural Magic, A Human Nature

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