Research on an early photograph album from Natal, South Africa

Black and white photo of young boy wearing white shirt and looking at camera labelled Photo by Fry & Co. Durban, Natal

Monday 30 January, 14.30 

With Dr Christopher Morton

Location: Meet underneath the Star House Crest Pole (Haida Totem Pole) in the Museum Court

This short talk presents research on a rare early photograph album from mid 1860s Natal, South Africa, which contains around 50 portraits of African subjects, with inscriptions by its owner, representing the first few years of studio output in Natal in the new affordable format of cartes-de-visite. The talk will explore the album's contents and present some of the tantalising research findings that have emerged so far.

This talk is the first in our new series of Research Spotlights.



On the last Monday of the month join Pitt Rivers Museum researchers in the galleries for interactive talks bringing cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research to life. In 2023, connect with objects and images from the collections and get to know the work of visual and evolutionary anthropologists, curatorial activists, health-care researchers and many other specialists who are accessing the museum to take their research in new directions and to connect with new people.    

Where: Meet underneath the Star House Crest Pole (Haida Totem Pole) in the Museum’s Court for talks to start at 14.30.  

Who: All are welcome to attend, from families to museum aficionados!  

Accessibility: Talks will be wheelchair accessible, may involve material that can be handled and we can provide follow-up info over email for visitors.  

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