On Tuesday, 5 December 1899, British photographer Frederick Henry Evans delivered a lecture to the Royal Photographic Society in London; his subject was Lincoln Cathedral, and his talk was illuminated by lantern slides.1 Assuming the role of church attendant, or “verger,” he invited his audience to “enter” the cathedral through its doorways, to “step into” its transepts, and to “ascend” its stairways.2 By generating what might be considered a “temporal hallucination”—to borrow Roland Barthes's description of the photograph—Evans transported his audience to the medieval cathedral.3 As he stated later, in choreographing his lantern-slide lectures he sought to create an “illusion of actuality,” and to “make...
Frederick H. Evans's Lantern-Slide Lectures as a “Clock for Seeing”
Dervla MacManus is a researcher, educator, and former architect. She recently completed her PhD on nineteenth-century architectural photography at University College Dublin. Her research interests include the relationship between architectural representation and experience, architectural pedagogy, gender, and feminism. She is a member of the Open Heart City Collective, a group of academics concerned with the built legacy of Magdalene laundries in Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dervla MacManus; Frederick H. Evans's Lantern-Slide Lectures as a “Clock for Seeing”. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2021; 80 (2): 161–181. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2021.80.2.161
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