Last Of The Tall Ships, a new exhibition of photographs taken by sailor, author and photographer Alan Villiers, is at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth this spring.
Last Of The Tall Ships features photographs taken between 1928 and 1933, when Alan Villiers was part owner of the four-masted barque Parma.
The pictures record early 20th century maritime history, when merchant sailing vessels were in rapid decline and provide a vivid and often intimate snapshot of life and work on board these romantic vessels.
Villiers’ photographs are a unique and comprehensive record of life on merchant sailing ships.
Their originality lies in the representation of bygone sailing technology through the immediacy of photography.
Their subject matter is often intimate and the composition is creative, capturing moments of both tranquillity and drama.
Exhibitions manager Ben Lumby told SouthWestShows: “We are delighted to be able to bring to Cornwall this touring exhibition from Royal Museums Greenwich.
“As well as the stunning photography, we have been fortunate enough to be able to enrich this exhibition with personal objects and archive film footage on loan from the Villiers family.
“These include cameras used by Villiers, a letter to his mother and film footage from a number of his square-rigged voyages.
“We are extremely grateful to the Villiers family for loaning us these objects which bring another dimension to his spellbinding images.”
Alan Villiers: Last Of The Tall Ships is at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth from February 13 to July 8, 2013. Find out more on the NMMC website.