Keynote Lecture & Roundtable
Photography and Violence

Thursday, 6 February 6.30 - 8.30pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Past event

Keynote by Mark Sealy MBE (Director, Autograph ABP), followed by roundtable discussion with Baroness Lola Young, Dr. Richard Benjamin (Head of International Slavery Museum, Liverpool), and Rebecca Seeley Harris, great granddaughter of Alice Seeley Harris.

In the early 1900s, the missionary Alice Seeley Harris produced what was probably the first photographic campaign in support of human rights. She exposed the atrocities that underpinned King Leopold II’s regime in the Congo Free State, bringing to public attention the plight of the Congolese people under a violent and oppressive regime.

These photographs fundamentally shifted public awareness of the deep-rooted hypocrisy of King Leopold II’s promise of colonial benevolence, and caused an outcry at the time of their publication in Europe and America.

Part of the exhibition

Booking information

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Directions to Rivington Place

Rivington Place

Tubes: Old Street/Liverpool Street/Shoreditch High St
Buses: 43/48/55/205241/271 stop nearby

0207 749 1240

  • Alice Seeley Harris / J.H. Harris, Alice Seeley Harris with a large group of Congolese children, Congo Free State, c.1904. Courtesy Anti-Slavery International / Autograph ABP
  • Alice Seeley Harris, Three head sentries of the ABIR with a prisoner, Congo Free State, c.1904. Courtesy Anti-Slavery International / Autograph ABP