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|Born: Mary Olive Edis |
Other: Mary Olive Edis Galsworthy
|Dates: ||1876 - 1955|
|Active: ||UK / France / Canada|
English studio photographer and autochromist. In March 1919 she was commissioned by the National (later Imperial) War Museum to photograph the work of British women in France & Flanders. She is now called "Britain's first female war photographer". In 1920 she was asked to undertake a commission to make advertising photographs for the Canadian Pacific Railway and did the work during July to November. The plates were exhibited at the 1921 Toronto Fair, and at the Canadian Pacific Offices in London in 1922, but apart from a few 'seconds' there is no trace of the main body of work. These are probably the earliest known colour images of Western Canada.
In 2015 an £81,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to create a digital online archive of her work hosted by the Norfolk Museums Service and bringing together her work from Cromer Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Media Museum and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre in Austin, Texas.
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