John Hansard Gallery
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ
South East England

British archaeologist O.G.S Crawford pioneered the use of aerial photography for archaeologists following his experience in aerial reconnaissance in the First World War. Moreover, during his lifetime Crawford’s photographic output was both prolific and varied, reflecting both his professional work and a world-view critical of a society increasingly led by consumerism and materialism. Ranging from images of archaeological sites, anti-Nazi graffiti in Berlin between the wars and advertising hoardings, to images of suburban developments in his home city of Southampton, Crawford amassed a rich photographic archive, now held a The Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University, which forms the basis for this exhibition. Crawford categorised his work typologically, forming a powerful relationship with ‘archival’ art practices form the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition is curated by Kitty Hauser, an historian of visual material culture. Previously a research fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, she has also taught at the London College of Fashion and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. She is currently Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.