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The Industrial Photography of Walter & Rita Nurnberg

Culture & Arts
Feb 23, 2024 10:00 - Apr 14, 2024 16:30
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An extraordinary photographic record of Norwich striving to rebuild after the Second World War


Between 1948 and 1961, husband and wife Walter and Rita Nurnberg photographed the factories of Norwich and their workers. The meticulously choreographed factory images are infused with the high modernism of the Bauhaus, whilst striking portraits lean into the glamour and beauty of cinema’s golden age.

This exhibition showcases the Nurnbergs’ distinctive and influential photographic practice, focusing on the extraordinary visual record they created of Norwich striving to rebuild itself economically after the Second World War.

It includes over 130 original photographic prints representing three key Norwich industries: shoemaking at Edwards and Holmes’ Esdelle Works; steel construction, woodworking, and wire netting at Boulton & Paul’s Riverside Works; and sweet-making at Caley-Mackintosh’s Chapelfield Works. The photos are displayed alongside objects from Norfolk Museums Service’s own collections relating to the city’s industrial past and newly digitised archive film from the East Anglian Film Archive.


Included with museum admission.