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Florence Heyworth: London’s Hanging Gardens of Babylon – Alexandra Road Estate Then and Now

Audio version Read by Ellie Text Version         ‘Huge picture windows look out over a peaceful oasis of greenery and mature        trees. Many a time I have sat and been simply uplifted by this lush view of         nature or been stunned by the beauty ofRead more

Mihaela Elena Man: At a Crossroads – Kersting’s depiction of the Almudena Cathedral

Audio Version Text Version One photograph that Anthony Kersting took during one of his journeys through Madrid reveals a site whose open roof, skeletal towers and central cavity would easily classify it as a plain depiction of an early twentieth century abandoned architectural project. As alluring as images of outmoded objects and sites are, theyRead more

Megan Stevenson: Reflections on ‘Imagination Dead Imagine’

Audio Version Text Version   In the Conway library’s photographic collection there is a photograph of an artwork titled ‘Imagination Dead Imagine’, taken in the Whitechapel Gallery in 1991. The artwork is by David Ward, a contemporary artist (born 1951) whose works include installation, photography, light, and sound pieces. The piece consists of eight smallRead more

Lara Drew: Winning and Losing – Photographs of Works of Art

Audio Version Read by Francesca Nardone Text Version The Courtauld’s Witt and Conway libraries hold almost one million mounted photographs and over 60,000 negatives. They act as a comprehensive record of western art and global architecture, including cuttings, reproductions, publications and photographs of works of art and landmarks. One entire room is filled with overRead more

Brittany Ellis: “North Iraq A Yezidi Girl” – Memory and Forgetting in the Kersting Photographic Archive

Audio Version Text Version I don’t know her name. I don’t know the name of the young woman who stares out at me from the photograph I hold by its slightly curved edges. I’ve stared at this photograph for days, coming back to it and to her. She is elaborately dressed, wearing beaded necklaces withRead more

Sophie Buckman: the serene beauty of Robert Byron’s Isfahan

Audio Version Read by Christopher Williams Text Version Being presented with immediate free rein in The Courtauld’s Conway photographic library was delightfully overwhelming, and I spent much of my first day flitting between folders of images of Cumbrian churches, the Callipygian Venus, and Florentine stained glass. Eventually and unsurprisingly, I was drawn to the sectionRead more

Yuhong Wang: a creative exploration of Anthony Kersting

Anthony Kersting was an expert photographer of architecture. He was clearly prolific, resourceful and much-travelled, this is reflected in the thousands of photographs and negatives he left to the Courtauld after he died. Photographs themselves have an agency that goes beyond aesthetics, not just in the way they interact with the world, but in the way theyRead more

Mary Shelton Hornsby: Anthony Kersting’s Hagia Sophia – Looking Through His Lens

AF Kersting, 20th Century British photographer, traveled to Turkey at least two times, including in 1963 and 1995, and photographed much of the significant sites of Istanbul, also known as Constantinople. Hagia Sophia, the building we see standing today (preceded by two churches and a pagan temple) was rebuilt by the Byzantines under Emperor JustinianRead more

Tallulah Griffith: The Steiner Guide to Steiner – A Mini Waldorf Textbook for the Courtauld

Audio Version Read by Gill Stoker Text Version   Instructions for use: If you are accessing this guide online, please note that it is intended to be printed, as Steiner education encourages first-hand engagement. Users of the Conway Library at the Courtauld Institute of Art can also find the printed guide in box CON_B04414; theRead more

Keelin Willis: The Creative City

Audio Version Read by David Brown   Text Version   “The city fosters art and is art; the city creates the theatre and is the theatre.” (Mumford, 1937: 185)   Devoid of the familiar bright bursts of graffiti and reliable clunks of skateboards hitting the floor, the Undercroft of Queen Elizabeth Hall pictured in theRead more