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The Life and Works of Anthony Kersting OA (1916 – 2008)

The 11th GE Moore Lecture on Wednesday 20th June discusses the life and works of Anthony Kersting OA, who was the leading architectural photographer of his generation. He discovered his love of photography while at Dulwich College in the 1930s, and some of these early prints are still in his collection, marked with his form number. The overall collection of his work is huge, and of great historical importance. He died in 2008, and bequeathed his photographs to The Courtauld Institute of Art.

A possible Life of Anthony Kersting’ – Tom Bilson, Head of Digital Media at The Courtauld Institute of Art, got to know Kersting in his final years as he planned to leave his collection to the Courtauld and is directing the digitisation of the collection. The images themselves take the viewer into a world of extraordinary travel across post-war Europe and beyond, but what do his collections tell us about a man about whom we in fact know very little?

‘Return to Kurdistan’ – Richard Wilding, a photographer, filmmaker and writer, shows his contemporary photography of Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Iraq alongside historical photographs taken by Anthony Kersting in the 1940s. Richard Wilding is Creative Director of Gulan, a UK charity that promotes Kurdish culture.

The work of Anthony Kersting has formed an important reference and inspiration for Richard Wilding. Between 2013 and 2017, Wilding has revisited many of the same locations and subjects, revealing the tremendous change and turmoil that has taken place in the intervening seventy years.

Anthony Kersting OA (1916 – 2008)
Wednesday 20 June 2018, 6.30-9pm, Dulwich College

6.30 – 7pm Drinks reception in the James Caird Hall
7 – 8.30pm Lecture in the George Farha Auditorium

Tickets £10, available from lectureseries@dulwich.org.uk

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