9.00am - 5.00pm


9.00am - 5.00pm


12.00pm - 3.00pm


Affinity and Kindred: Lives shaped by sea and faith

Exhibition Room, Peterborough Cathedral Visitor Centre, Cathedral Precincts
Saturday 10th September - Thursday 20th October 2016
14:00 - 16:00 (each day)

An Exhibition of photographs by Richard Denyer 1950 - 2015.

This collection of photographs, made in Norfolk and the Outer Hebrides, was created between 2012 and 2015 by Norfolk-based photographer, Richard Denyer.

Sadly Richard died in the days following the opening of the exhibition at Norwich Cathedral in December 2015.

Richard was regularly commissioned during the 1980s by the Broads Authority to photograph the changing landscape of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. Since then his photography has explored the relationship between land, water, and local inhabitants in northern Holland, Scotland and his home county of Norfolk.

Richard – a well-known landscape photographer and former lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts – spent three years travelling between his home in Norfolk and the islands of the Outer Hebrides, capturing images which show the common humanity of the different communities.

The photographs, which have been made mainly in boatyards and places of worship in both locations, feature the people, their work and culture, and the landscapes in which they live.

The resulting images suggest surprisingly deep connections between the two places around culture, beliefs and native skills.

The exhibition will continue to tour at An Lanntair in Stornoway, Lewis, Outer Hebrides and finally return to ‘The Cut’, Halesworth, in Suffolk in 2017. The tour is supported by the Arts Council England and Norfolk County Council.

There is an accompanying book, also called ‘Affinity and Kindred’ which should be seen as an equal outcome of the project. It features over 100 photographs from the project, and includes an imaginative essay in response to the images by the novelist Will Self.  The introduction is written by David Matless, Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham.

David Matless says: ‘An eye for idiosyncrasy, and for objects out of the way, moves these images beyond predictable registers of craft and devotion.’

Photos above: Gill net fishing, Brancaster, north Norfolk coast (top); Assorted clerics, Whitsuntide, Walsingham, Norfolk

Opening times

The exhibition is open during normal Visitor and Learning Centre opening times: 10.00am until 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday, 11.00am until 4.00pm on Sundays. Admission is free (donations welcome).

Find out more

For more information and to view more of the photographers, please visit the Affinity and Kindred website.