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Hurley Lock
& Mill c1890

Hurley Lock and Mill c1890, photograph by Henry Taunt, reproduced by permission of English Heritage.NMR CC97/02684

Hurley Lock
Hurley Lock 2001, photography by Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins, copyright Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins
Cover of a later edition
of Taunt's 'Illustrated
Map of the Thames
Cover of a later edition of Taunt's 'Illustrated Map of the Thames'

What is the project:

Digital photographers, Jeff Robins and Graham Diprose were inspired by Henry Taunt’s first photographic guides to the river from the 1870s and 80s and set out to find many of his finest views of the Thames to recapture and re-document them photographically some 125 years later. Taunt’s photography used the cutting edge techniques of the time, much like Diprose and Robins, who were breaking new boundaries in digital landscape imaging in making this project.

Taunt's photographs are now held in the archives of English Heritage (National Monuments Record), Oxfordshire Studies and the River and Rowing Museum, Henley and were consulted for our project. Over seventy of Taunt’s finest images of the Thames, have been scanned and restored to make fascinating pairs of ‘then and now’ images.

A book:

Francis Lincoln, a publisher specialising in high quality books for organisations such as The National Gallery and The Royal Horticultural Society has produced a 192 page hardback edition of the project, and launched to coincide with the exhibition’s first opening and subsequent tour.

An Exhibition:

An exhibition of the project Click on the logo to visit the Reading Museum sitealso called ‘In the Footsteps of Henry Taunt’ is in the Reading Museum from 26th January to 26th April 2008. The project collaborators plan to tour the show to a national network of museums and galleries up to 2010 and quite possibly beyond.


Outline of the River Thames: the area covered by Henry Taunt’s documentary photographs and maps from the source at Thames Head to the Houses of Parliament