Photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews and cultural historian Patrick Wright share their encounters with the place, people and rituals of the Thames from source to mouth.
Chloe Dewe Mathews is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Her work is internationally recognised, exhibiting at Tate Modern, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden; as well as being published widely in newspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, New Yorker, Financial Times and Le Monde. She is the recipient of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and her work is held in public collections such as the British Council Art Collection, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Irish State Art Collection. Four monographs have been published on her work: Shot at Dawn (Ivorypress, 2014), Caspian: the Elements (Aperture / Peabody Press, 2018), In Search of Frankenstein (Kodoji Press, 2018) and Thames Log (Loose Joints / Martin Parr Foundation, 2021).
Patrick Wright's books include The Village that Died for England: Tyneham and the Legend of Churchill's Pledge (new edition, Repeater 2021), and The Sea View Has Me again: Uwe Johnson in Sheerness (Repeater Books, 2020). A Fellow of the British Academy, he is emeritus Professor of Literature, History and Politics at King's College London, and previously taught at the London Consortium. In another century he wrote and presented The River, a book and a four-part documentary about the Thames for BBC2.