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Maker and role
Ellis Dudgeon (b.1905, d.1979)
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Born in Nelson and educated at Nelson College, Dudgeon became an award winning photographer. Among many awards he won the prestigious Emerson Medal for the picture of the year at the 1933 Paris International Salon of Photography.
His scenic shots were sought -after by editors and his extensive studio portraits are still treasured in many Nelson homes.
The advent of colour photography affected the demand for the hand-coloured images at which Dudgeon's studio was so skilled. However he continued to experiment with new ideas in his photography.
Dudgeon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society of London and was Patron of the Nelson Photographic Society for many years.
The collection of 30,000 images covers the period 1930-1970s.
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