Life on an ocean wave: 1920's sailing pictures go on show
1:30pm Friday 15th February 2013 in News
Striking black and white images taken between 1928 and 1933 by sailor, author and photographer, Alan Villiers, feature in a new exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
The photos included in Last of the Tall Ships were taken when Villiers was part-owner of the four-masted barque, Parma. They record early 20th century maritime history, when merchant sailing vessels were in rapid decline and provide a vivid, and often intimate, snapshot of life and work on board these ships.
Villiers’ photographs are described as a “unique and comprehensive” record of life on merchant sailing ships. Their subject matter is often intimate and the composition is creative, capturing moments of both tranquillity and drama.
The museum’s exhibition manager, Ben Lumby, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring to Cornwall this touring exhibition from Royal Museum Greenwich. As well as the stunning black and white photography, we have been fortunate enough to be able to enrich this exhibition with personal objects and archive film footage on loan from the Villiers family.
“These include cameras used by Villiers, a letter to his mother and film footage from a number of his square-rigged voyages.”
The exhibition runs until July 8. For more information on opening times and admission prices visit www.nmmc.co.uk or call 01326 313388.