Peter Marlow: ‘The English Cathedral’. A Peter Marlow Foundation / Magnum Photos touring exhibition.

This new photography exhibition will be on display inside the cathedral from Tuesday 31 January until Thursday 2 March 2023.

In 2008 Peter Marlow was commissioned by Royal Mail on the 300th year anniversary of the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral to photograph six Anglican Cathedrals that were issued as commemorative stamps. So taken was Peter by these initial magnificent interiors that he set out to photograph all 42:

‘What I thought was going to be incredibly simple became intricate, complicated and utterly absorbing. The journey was memorable and wonderfully hypnotic, a kind of reflective pilgrimage. My cathedral days involved hours of driving and thinking, with my reference photographs drying in the sun on the dashboard. England passed by.’ - Peter Marlow ‘The English Cathedral', Published 2012 by Merrell Publishers Ltd

‘The English Cathedral’, the ambitious photographic project documenting all 42 of England’s Anglican cathedrals by the late Magnum photographer Peter Marlow (b. UK, 1952 - 2016), will continue to tour across the country throughout 2023, continuing the aim to exhibit at all of the 42 cathedrals featured in the awe inspiring photographic series. 

These remarkable photographs bring into sharp relief the full splendour of the interiors of some of England’s most magnificent buildings, great symbols of spiritual and architectural power, using only natural light to capture the interiors of these iconic buildings. Organised by the Peter Marlow Foundation, the charity set up in recognition of Peter and his work and legacy, the plan is that this ethereal collection of images, will exhibit at each of the individual 42 cathedrals Peter visited on his photographic pilgrimage across England.

This next stage of exhibitions of ‘The English Cathedral’ will take place at the following
• St Paul’s Cathedral, 6 December 2022 - 26 January 2023
• Hereford Cathedral, 31 January - 2 March
• Newcastle Cathedral, 19 April - 24 May 2023
• St Edmundsbury Cathedral, 4 - 30 July 2023
• Wakefield Cathedral, 2 August - 1 September 2023
• Lincoln Cathedral, 11 October - 5 November 2023
• Worcester Cathedral, 9 - 30 November 2023

Peter Marlow (1952 - 2016) was an eminent, internationally recognised photographer,
a two-time President of the international photography cooperative, Magnum Photos
of which he was a member since 1980. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal
Photographic Society in 2006 and his work is held in 12 public collections worldwide. His work as a photographer spanned 41 years and 84 countries, capturing major world events for prestigious magazines and newspapers and his personal long and short form projects. His archive includes work of international interest as well as shining a light on Britain.


The Cathedral At Dawn: Photography Experience

Alongside the exhibition Hereford Cathedral will be running an exciting photography event on Thursday 9 February.

There is a unique sense of peace and tranquillity in the cathedral at dawn and this workshop will allow photographers the chance to capture the building before the business of the day begins. Led by freelance photographer Caroline Potter and assisted by cathedral photographer Gordon Taylor, this wonderful opportunity will allow photographers to have early morning access to the cathedral to photograph without interruptions. Following the session, participants are invited to submit a photograph to share with the public via social media with the photographer of the favourite image winning a prize and a unique opportunity to have their photo on display within the cathedral.

More information and tickets are available via our website. 


This exhibition will be on display in the south side nave aisle, inside the main cathedral building, from Tuesday 31 January - Thursday 2 March 2023. No admission charges apply and the exhibition will be available to view during normal opening times.