The Cathedral At Dawn: Photography Experience

Thursday 9 February 2023 | 7am


Inspired by Peter Marlow: ‘The English Cathedral’ a Peter Marlow Foundation / Magnum Photos touring exhibition (open to public 31 January – 2 March), Hereford Cathedral are offering a special photography experience to capture the cathedral at dawn.


'Few of us are privileged to witness the interior of a cathedral by being left alone in the magnitude of its spaces at dawn. Marlow’s photographs make this personal, contemplative encounter powerfully accessible: they pass the magic on to us.' 
- 'Introduction', Martin Barnes, 'The English Cathedral', Published 2012 by Merrell Publishers Ltd

There is a unique sense of peace and tranquillity in the cathedral at dawn and this workshop will allow photographers 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.

Beginning at 7am with a brief welcome and a short introduction to exposure and composition, participants will have an hour to explore the light and stillness of the cathedral building and capture images, with Caroline and Gordon on hand for assistance. The session will end with coffee, pastries and breakfast rolls in the Cathedral Café and an opportunity to share and hear more about Gordons time here at the Cathedral.

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.


The workshop is aimed at adults (16+) and will be run for all skill levels. We welcome participants with little or no photography experience, and those with a keen knowledge of photography. Participants will need to use and provide their own equipment, whether it be a DLSR, an iphone, or film camera. Flash photography is not permitted. A tripod is recommended for those using a DSLR, there will be some available on the day. 

Tickets cost £22, or £18 for students (with a valid Student ID), which includes refreshments from our café, and can be purchased below.


Hereford Cathedral aims to be as accessible as possible, if you require a carers ticket or any additional information to be able to attend this event please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

Please get in contact if you have any allergens or dietary requirements.

Find out more about the workshop leaders:

Caroline Potter

Caroline has been taking photographs all her life, initially training on film, with a father very keen on amateur photography, and a darkroom located through a small door in her childhood bedroom. This early influence led to pursuing a career in photography, initially with a degree in creative arts, teaching Art and Photography in secondary school, and eventually to running a successful business in portraiture and commercial photography and film.

Caroline brings her skills to her role here at Hereford Cathedral, where she is the Digital Marketing Officer, creating still and moving images as part of her role to tell the story of this wonderful historic building. She very much enjoys capturing unexpected moments and looking for interesting places where the light lands.

Gordon Taylor

In the early 1980s, Gordon’s photography caught the eye of the then Dean of Hereford after he supplied an image for the Friends of Hereford Cathedral Christmas card. He was invited to help provide a photographic record of the cathedral buildings, people, special services and fabric as part of an upcoming fundraising appeal. He completed this alongside his work in the Public Health Laboratory Service as Head Biomedical Scientist (Laboratory Manager) in Hereford where he, alongside another colleague, established a new photography facility to help serve local needs.

Over the last forty years, Gordon has photographed manuscripts, the Mappa Mundi and its mysterious drawings (probably more times than anyone else), the cathedral buildings inside and out, its treasures, memorials and stained glass, many of its important events, including ten Royal visits and the four wonderful gardens on a weekly basis. His work as voluntary photographer has created a rich catalogue of images and memories for the entire cathedral community to treasure.

 Image credit: Caroline Potter


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The Cathedral At Dawn

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The Cathedral At Dawn (Student)

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