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St Ives Archive Celebrates World Photography Day

Bamaluz Beach
Bamaluz Sunbathers by James Warbey

In celebration of World Photography Day on August 19, St Ives Archive is putting on a special one-week photo sale featuring 16 limited edition prints by local photographers. Beginning this Saturday and lasting until August 26, the photographs – all taken of St Ives by emerging artists and established professionals alike – will be available for £25 each on the Archive’s online shop.

The unique selection of photographs includes film, digital, black and white and colour prints portraying different aspects of St Ives: close-ups of ancient stones, atmospheric beach scenes, nostalgic townscapes and lively skatepark photography. All images were originally a part of the Archive’s Secret Photo Show in April, a two-day art sale that raised £550 for the preservation of the town’s rich photographic heritage. Since the Archive’s founding in 1996, the organisation has digitised more than 35,000 photographs, some of which date from the mid-19th century.

Tegen Veal, one of many young photographers who has a print for sale, recently finished her A levels, including one in photography, and is going to Falmouth University in September to study marine and natural history photography. When asked how the town and seaside inspire her work, Tegen said: “St Ives will always have a place in my heart because it’s where I feel at home. I love to capture this in my photography, using it as a medium to portray feelings and my perspective on life as well as little moments that catch my eye.”

St Ives Harbour
St Ives Harbour by Samuel Crookshank

Two black and white film prints by Samuel Crookshank also feature in the World Photography Day sale. St Ia’s 15th-century church tower appears in both, as seen from the harbour in one and the memorial gardens in the other. In addition to being a photographer, Samuel is a musician, poet and surfer. He said of the photo show in April, “I am honoured to attend this incredible event. What a part of history and St Ives history especially!”

Photography lies at the heart of St Ives’ history and the Archive’s collection. Opening our eyes to many facets of the town’s heritage, from fishing and mining to art and architecture, traditions and customs, St Ives Archive’s photographic database is accessible to anyone interested in the history of the parish. To celebrate the talented local photographers who continue to capture the beauty, people and stories of St Ives, make sure to visit the Archive’s online shop. All sales support our ongoing heritage work and help protect the future of our collection.

St Ives Skatepark
St Ives Skatepark II by Nik Read

The featured image of this article is Smeaton’s Pier by Tegen Veal.

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