World’s Oldest Photography Studio Shows Archives during Brighton Photo Biennial
07 October 2014644
The Reeves Studio, Lewes, will look back through time as a public exhibition of historic photographs will take place on its streets during the Brighton Photo Biennial.
The Reeves Studio
The Reeves Studio is the earliest ongoing photographic business and shop in the world still working at its original location. It has been run by the same family on the same premises since 1855 when Edward Reeves took his first studio portrait. Today Tom Reeves, the great-great-grandson of Edward, who founded The Reeves Studio, still runs the business and takes photographs in the original studio. The studio has collected more than 100,000 glass plate negatives of photographs of the market town since it opened in 1855. These images have accompanying paperwork, giving an insight into Lewes's history.
As part of the Brighton Photo Biennial, photographs taken between the 1860s and 1960s will be displayed in light boxes across 55 locations in shop windows along Lewes High Street, near to the locations where they were originally taken.
Brighton Photo Biennial
The Brighton Photo Biennial is the UK's largest international photography festival and takes place this year across venues and public spaces in Brighton & Hove and beyond, from 4 October - 2 November 2014. There is a wide range of photography on show, from straight photojournalism to multimedia, and even live feeds from cameras attached to a boat as it makes it's way to the ocean bed, having been sunk to form an artificial reef.