Abstract When Emma Turner took up bird photography as a pursuit in 1900, most serious ornithologists carried a gun rather than a camera or binoculars. She knew almost nothing of either
When Emma Turner took up bird photography as a pursuit in 1900, most serious ornithologists carried a gun rather than a camera or binoculars. She knew almost nothing of either birds or photography yet within a few years she became one of the leading figures in the new ornithology. Her photographs showed what birds looked like when alive rather than when lying on their backs, stuffed in a collector’s cabinet; her writings described what those birds did in their daily lives. She had no scientific training (indeed, no higher education at all) but so impressed the natural history establishment that she was amongst the first lady members to be admitted to their otherwise solidly male ranks. Her lyrical yet factually accurate writings impressed both professionals and amateurs alike. They flocked to her lectures, devoured her magazine articles and delighted her publishers by their enthusiasm for her books. Largely forgotten today, she had an important role in laying the foundations for the development of British ornithology later in the 20th century.
(Tuesday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bute Lecture Theatre D
Bute Medical Buildings, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Queen's Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9TS, UK