Lecture or talk Adults

The Worlds Edge | Cartography panel discussion 

Online via Zoom
  • Monday 17 January, 6-7pm

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Thomas Joshua Cooper’s The World's Edge exhibition at Scottish National Portrait Gallery features photographs of his expeditions to uncharted land masses and previously unknown islands and archipelagos.

We have invited world-renowned cartographer Mary Spence MBE and author and singer-songwriter Malachy Tallack to explore the real and imaginary in map making and journeying. Spence is one of the UK's leading cartographers and enjoys an international reputation for map making excellence, working across all platforms from digital data to field research.

Tallack’s 2016 publication The Un-Discovered Islands documents islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. Phantoms and fakes, myths and mysteries, Tallack’s book explored an archipelago of ex-isles and forgotten lands.

This live online event will be chaired by Anne Lyden, Chief Curator of Photography.

Thomas Joshua Cooper, "The Door". The Strait of Gibraltar, Cape Malabata, Morocco, 2003, © Thomas Joshua Cooper



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