The Secret Life of the Magic Lantern
Conway Hall was very proud to welcome London Festival of Photography to the building on the 24 June 2012 for a unique opportunity to experience the magic of a Victorian-era lantern slide show. It was an exotic, erotic and bizarre evening of otherworldly entertainment!
Throughout the 19th century the magic lantern entertained, enlightened and shocked audiences in public halls and private drawing rooms. The range of material produced for sale and for hire was extraordinary, from amazing hand-painted mechanical moving slides to strange photo-documentary and photo story material that included people posed against naturalistic or painted backdrops.
In this special evening event, ‘Professor’ Mervyn Heard revealed some of the more peculiar, and frankly, quite puzzling photographic items from his extensive collection.