The Last Stand – new exhibition to open in Leeds - Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Award-winning photographer Marc Wilson brings his stunning exhibition The Last Stand to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds next week – documenting some of the last physical remnants of 20th century warfare in the UK and Northern Europe.
Marc – winner of a prestigious Terry O’Neill award for photography* – is renowned for powerful but understated images that encourage people to reflect on the defiance, pathos and tragedy of war.
The Last Stand is being unveiled on November 8 as part of Royal Armouries’ Month of Remembrance. It includes two stunning images taken in Yorkshire – at Reighton Gap and Spurn Point – forming part of the 23 photographs on show.
Marc said, “I believe the project fits into the vision of Royal Armouries, strongly. The subject matter is one that has impacted on all generations, whether directly or through family histories and memories. The ideas contained within are important for both current and future generations to know, understand, and learn from.
“The imagery used allows the viewer access to dwell on what is at its heart a traditional documentary subject but through a different visual medium – that of the landscape. The images themselves are photographed throughout the UK and along the coast of France and Belgium, and so will have appeal to both local and wider audiences”
Since 2010, Marc has been researching, recceing and shooting the photos that make up The Last Stand, documenting some of the remaining military defence structures around UK and European coasts.
While he captures the individual beauty of these objects, the photographic series should be viewed as much more than a set of traditional landscapes.
Just last week, he signed a publishing deal for a book of his images – which currently number 51. He will soon add to the collection by shooting in Denmark and Norway and the book will be published next year.
Royal Armouries’ Head of Creative Programmes Karen Whitting said, “The Last Stand is one of the highlights of our Inspired by programme – an initiative which harnesses the talents of community groups and individuals and invites them to represent the museum’s national collections in exciting and innovative ways. We are delighted to be showcasing it at our Leeds museum.”
The Royal Armouries in Leeds is home to the national collection of arms and armour. Museum entry is free and includes admission to the exhibition.
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*Marc won a Terry O’Neill award earlier this year, after being shortlisted from 900 applicants. For more information about the photographer, please visit his website at www.marcwilson.co.uk
Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
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