Derek Ogbourne graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1989. His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, in exhibitions including Space International, Matadero Municipal, Valencia, Spain (1993),Frankenstein’s Kitchen, The Loft, London (1995), What Makes You, Makes Me, South London Gallery, London (1996).
Some 300 works comprise the Museum of Optography. The museum has taken on diverse forms in the following exhibitions and contexts: Museum of Optography, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne, Germany (2007), MicroMuseum of Optography, British Optical Association Museum, London (2008-2009), Der letzte Blick, Kurpfälzisches Museum im Palais Morass, Heidelberg, Germany (2010), Archive of Optography, Galerie FLU, Belgrade, Serbia (2011). Ogbourne has produced several texts to accompany the Museum, including the Encyclopedia of Optography: The Shutter of Death, Muswell Press, London (2008).
Alongside the ongoing Museum of Optography, Ogbourne also works with a diversity of artistic mediums ranging from photography and large-scale landscape drawings to video and film. Ogbourne currently lives in North West London where he also teaches drawing and video.
Derek Ogbourne invites you to join him by activating your imagination and becoming a detective-viewer, as you together unravel the mysterious tale of optography.
This booklet accompanied the exhibition Museum of Optography, The Purple Chamber.