Martin Barnes on Edwin Smith

Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs, V&A, highlights the poetry and details he sees in Edwin Smith’s photograph of the vestry of St John the Evangelist.

The image and a longer version of this interview appears in the exhibition ‘Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith’, open from 10 September to 6 December 2014 at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London. Entry is free.

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Image: St John the Evangelist, Shobdon, Herefordshire, 1959
(© Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection)

Interview recorded in 2014



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