42 photographs representing all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England now on show at Ely Cathedral

42 photographs representing all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England now on show at Ely Cathedral.

42 photographs representing all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England now on show at Ely Cathedral. PHOTO: Peter Marlow. - Credit: Archant

Forty-two photographs representing all 42 cathedrals of the Church of England are currently on show in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral.

In 2008, British photographer Peter Marlow was commissioned by the Royal Mail to mark the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral, to photograph six cathedrals.

“It was this that inspired him to continue the project,” said a cathedral spokesman.

“In the following four years he shot all 42 cathedrals. Marlow developed the strategy of shooting a majority of the cathedrals from the same position; looking east towards the altar, as the natural light of dawn broke through the main window.

“Each shot was devoid of artificial light creating a representation of each cathedral removed from the modern age.


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“This particular viewpoint and lighting adds depth to the visual experience of the building and the discipline of this strict approach allowed the power of the spaces to unfold in the dark.

“Sadly, Peter died in February 2016 following complications from an illness. We are grateful to his widow, Fiona and the team at Magnum Photos for allowing us to have the collection at Ely.”

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Books and postcards are available to purchase in the cathedral shop during the exhibition, which runs until Apri 5.

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