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TopTog Webinar - At the going down of the Sun with Marko Dutka

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In the webinar Marko talks about the challenges of nocturnal photography, how the project has involved working with a wide variety of different organizations and how it has been funded.

The webinar will provide a hands on guide on how to take a personal idea to an altogether higher level. 

From September 5th through to November 19th 2018, At the Going Down of the Sun, an exhibition at Bristol Cathedral will be the culmination of a 4-year photographic project by Marko Dutka. This exhibition will mark the lives of people who lost their lives in conflicts over the last 104 years. It will specifically commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One. 

Inspired by the Laurence Binyon poem “At the Going Down of the Sun”, the exhibition features images of Commonwealth, civilian and enemy war graves and war memorials photographed between the hours of dusk and dawn. By taking this nocturnal approach the photographs show not just the graves but also the subtle indicators of contemporary human existence such as light pollution and car, plane and satellite trails. These acted as a metaphor for our continuing relationship with the people in the graves so that we can ask questions about why and how we remember those taken from us by conflict. 

The range of graves photographed is extensive capturing examples of a wide range of ages, races and faiths. Of considerable importance was the opportunity to capture female war graves that told the stories of women as acting participants, civilians and widows. 

The opportunity to raise memorials to “ordinary” people within architecture that is dedicated to the ‘great and good’ will be a fitting tribute to their extraordinary sacrifice”.