We’re delighted to share Still Moving, a film by Abigail Norris shot in relation to the exhibition Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate.
The original show, as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, highlighted the work of the first three generations, showing photographs in light boxes in more than 50 shop windows along Station Street and Lewes High Street, at the location where they were originally taken. This thoughtful film captures the personal responses of the general public to the memories of the Reeves Studio,shared whilst being videoed in the style of traditional 19th century portraiture. Filmed in the Reeves studio using the original Reeves large format camera.
Edward Reeves took up studio photography in Lewes in 1855. Today his great-grandson is still running the business, believed to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world. The Reeves Studio has an archive of over 100,000 glass plates and related paperwork. It is a unique record of the daily life of this market town and the history of commercial photographic practice.