Award-winning photographer, Elizabeth Zeschin is appointed as Parham’s new artist in residence for 2018-2019.
A successful photographer for over 30 years, Elizabeth’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions at The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy, The Arden Anstruther Gallery and The Chelsea Arts Club.
No stranger to Parham, Elizabeth has been photographing Parham House & Gardens for five years and has hosted a number of garden photography workshops in our Walled Garden, teaching others the technical tools to create garden photographs at a professional standard.
As well as exhibitions, Elizabeth’s work has been published in some of the world’s best print magazines including The New York Times Magazine, House and Garden, The World of Interiors, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Sunday Magazine, Vogue and Vanity Fair amongst others.
As artist in residence, Elizabeth will look at Parham from a new perspective by using a large format Sinar 10×8” View Camera, a model that was in use around 100 years ago and works in much the same way as its predecessors. The bellows on Zeschin’s camera date back to the 1940s and the lens, provided by the National Maritime Museum, originates from the 1960s.
Elizabeth will also be retuning to her roots and experimenting with developing the photos using techniques such as salt printing, which was first invented in the mid-1830s by scientist and inventor Henry Fox Talbot.
This hands-on approach and Zeschin’s use of authentic period cameras and techniques will be combined to create a collection of large-scale interior and landscape photographs of Parham.
Speaking of her photography work at Parham, Elizabeth commented, “The house cast its particular spell on my first visit. As I have got to know it well over the past few years, my fondness has grown. It is a house content with itself and it emanates the good will and love of those who have inhabited it. For me as a photographic artist raised in the western United States, Parham provides an ongoing source of rich historical and artistic inspiration. It is both a window into history and a canvas for the future. For this project, I am particularly looking forward to embracing an older analogue process of photography, much slower than modern digital capture. I am excited not only about the possible print results, but also by using a View Camera again and using the techniques of early photographic invention.”
Elizabeth’s photographs capturing the beautiful House, Gardens and landscape at Parham and developed by the artist herself will be exhibited here at Parham next year.