Sir Simon Marsden, RIP (1948-2012)

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The Marsden Photo Archive

Sir Simon Marsden, the photographer of Great Houses, ruins, and dramatic interiors, recently died leaving behind a body of photography exploring a world not visible to the naked eye

It’s easy to get lost looking through the Marsden Archive, the picture library owned by the late Simon Marsden. Partly because of the sheer number of dramatic landscapes, buildings and rooms, and partly because the longer you stare at the photos, the more you’re not quite sure what it is you are seeing.  Which was Simon Marsden’s vision as a photographer, as someone who was curious about the supernatural.

In the introduction to his picture library Marsden writes, “It is not my intention to try and convince you that ghosts exist, but rather to hopefully inspire you not to take everything around you at face value; to show that what we are conditioned to believe is ‘reality’ may not be quite all that it seems, if only we take the time to inquire.”

Marsden’s talent lay in his ability to make the viewer believe in the revealing power of the photograph, a talent recognized by the major galleries worldwide who showed his work, from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California to the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

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