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Past Exhibition

Peter Marlow’s English Cathedrals in Blackburn

Following on from an acquisition of the work to the V&A’s permanent photography collection, “English Cathedrals” begins a tour of the country at Blackburn Cathedral this February

Peter Marlow

Peter Marlow Birmingham Cathedral. (St Philip's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty two of England (...)
Peter Marlow Blackburn Cathedral.(St Mary's and St Paul's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty two (...)
Peter Marlow Bury St Edmunds Cathedral. (St Edmundsbury) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty two of (...)
Peter Marlow Carlisle Cathedral. (Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed t (...)
Peter Marlow Chelmsford Cathedral. (St Mary, St Peter and St Cedd's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all (...)
Peter Marlow Chester Cathedral. (St Werburgh and St Oswald's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty t (...)
Peter Marlow Chester Cathedral. (St Werburgh and St Oswald's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty t (...)
Peter Marlow Chichester Cathedral. (Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of (...)
Peter Marlow Coventry Cathedral, (St Michael's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty two of England' (...)
Peter Marlow Durham Cathedral.(Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow (...)
Peter Marlow Exeter Cathedral. (St Peter's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty two of England's An (...)
Peter Marlow Gloucester Cathedral. (Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marl (...)
Peter Marlow Portsmouth Cathedral. (St Thomas [of Canterbury]'s) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all fort (...)
Peter Marlow St Paul's Cathedral. From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty two of England's Anglican cat (...)
Peter Marlow Southwark Cathedral. (St Saviour and St Mary Overie's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all f (...)
Peter Marlow Southwell Cathedral. (Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photograp (...)
Peter Marlow Wakefield Cathedral. (The Cathedral Church of All Saints) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of al (...)
Peter Marlow York Minster. (St Peter's) From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty two of England's Anglic (...)

“Marlow captures the intangible essence of all form that is generated by creative force: the enduring mystery of space within space” Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum

Peter Marlow’s photographs depicting all 42 of the cathedrals of the Church of England are to be exhibited at Blackburn Cathedral.

In 2008, Marlow was commissioned by Royal Mail, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral, to photograph six cathedrals. The resulting images of Lichfield, Belfast, Gloucester, St David’s, Westminster, and St Magnus in Orkney were issued as a set of six commemorative stamps and a miniature sheet. Once the commission was complete, however, Marlow was inspired to continue the project and in the following four years shot all 42 of the cathedrals of the Church of England. This endeavor can be viewed as a contemporary update to tradition of church photography in England, particularly the work of Frederick Evans and Edwin Smith. Taken in natural light at dawn, these remarkable images capture the luminosity of each interior as daylight emerges from behind the altar.