27.04.13 - 28.04.13 SPLINTER - An Independent Photography...
12.02.13 - 28.03.13 Michael Eastman: Havana
01.11.12 - 01.12.12 Lucas Foglia
07.09.12 - 27.10.12 Daido Moriyama - Tights and Lips
30.05.12 - 28.07.12 Valérie Belin – ‘Yohoho’
20.04.12 - 24.05.12 Alex Prager - Compulsion
02.02.12 - 05.04.12 Guy Bourdin
02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions
07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem
08.09.11 - 01.10.11 Alejandro Chaskielberg - High Tide
15.07.11 - 25.08.11 Patagonia
13.05.11 - 09.07.11 Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from th...
24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series
08.12.10 - 12.02.11 Winter Contemporary
14.10.10 - 06.12.10 Robert Bergman
10.09.10 - 10.10.10 Daido Moriyama
26.07.10 - 21.08.10 Guy Bourdin
10.06.10 - 17.07.10 Alex Prager - Week End
07.05.10 - 05.06.10 Daniele Tamagni and Araminta de Clermont
24.03.10 - 01.05.10 Yoshihiko Ueda - QUINAULT
14.01.10 - 20.02.10 Kishin Shinoyama- NUDE
25.11.09 - 09.01.10 C O L O U R - Group Show
22.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein
10.09.09 - 17.10.09 Starting with a Photograph
27.07.09 - 05.09.09 Revive - Group Show
04.06.09 - 25.07.09 Ofer Wolberger (Life with) Maggie
21.04.09 - 30.05.09 Boris Savelev- 31 Years
11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi Mother's
05.02.09 - 10.03.09 Scarlett Hooft Graafland-You Winter, ...
13.01.09 - 31.01.09 John Davies Rachel Whiteread HOUSE
20.11.08 - 10.01.09 Nobuyoshi Araki- Hana Kinbaku
09.10.08 - 17.11.08 Simon Norfolk - Full Spectrum Dominance
30.08.08 - 04.10.08 Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule
25.06.08 - 27.08.08 Polly Borland - Bunny
25.04.08 - 16.06.08 Alex Prager - The Big Valley
07.03.08 - 12.04.08 Tod Papageorge - Passing through Eden
28.11.07 - 11.01.08 Jeff Bark
04.10.07 - 26.11.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...
06.08.07 - 31.08.07 Group Show I
21.06.07 - 21.07.07 Valerie Belin
20.04.07 - 01.06.07 Scarlett Hooft Graafland
22.02.07 - 07.04.07 John Davies - The British Landscape
26.11.06 - 03.01.07 Jeff Bark - Abandon
01.10.06 - 28.10.06 Eleven Contemporaries
01.07.06 - 15.08.06 Valérie Belin - Pallette & Chips
07.10.05 - 26.10.05 ARAKI
08.06.05 - 20.08.05 Dodo Jin Ming - Free Element / Behind...
04.02.05 - 24.03.05 Tina Itkonen - Inughuit
24.06.04 - 30.08.04 Desiree Dolron - Xteriors
26.11.03 - 03.01.04 Laura Letinsky
24.09.03 - 22.11.03 Desiree Dolron - "Te dí todos mis su...
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07.10.11 - 12.11.11
Seaham, County Durham, 1983
© John Davies
Vintage silver gelatin print
Through the eyes of three analytical photographers, this exhibition documents British life in the twentieth century. The pictures seem to capture the simplicity of a by gone era; however, in doing so they also challenge the changes taking place today,forcing us to interrogate our individual responsibilities towards the country we live in.
The recession ofrecent years has hit Britain hard; with the riots of this summer being just one example of our social cohesion wearing away. In this increasingly uncertain world, in which the individual is so often governed by forces out of the remit of his or her control we are reminded of life’s basic essentials: food on the table, a roof over our heads and a job that provides an income to support oneself or a family.
Once again, a new world order, a New Jerusalem, has been promised by politicians and economists. But the journey will be a long one. Globalization forces a need for shared responsibility, and yet the rate of change within both the microcosm of individual countries and the larger global community leaves little time for reflection.
Charles Jones was an English gardener and plantsman, who worked on private estates in the 1890s. As if they were carefully crafted objects, he diligently photographed the vegetables, fruit and flowers he grew. In the era of the supermarket, they appear as a eulogy to a lost time of intimacy between producer and product, the simplicity of the forms paralleling a seemingly less complex age. Although his work wasn’t discovered until 1984 (in Bermondsey market by Sean Sexton), his life’s work is now considered to be on a par with the spare, modernist photographs of Karl Blossfeldt’s flowers and Edward Weston’s vegetables. All his negatives would have been glass and each gold toned print would have taken many hours to complete, the prints are beautiful and unique and show an adept hand in what was a very complex ‘hobby’. His work is in public institutions worldwide.
Colin Jones started his adult life as a dancer with the Royal Ballet in London. In 1963, he swapped his ballet shoes for a camera.He took as his subject the demise of the industrial north: shipbuilding, coalmining, factories and the gradual dissolution of these forms of commerce. Comparing the miners to the dancers he had once worked with, he said, ‘there was the same dependence on strength and physical fitness and the ability to keep going to the limits of endurance; the same reliance on teamwork; the same comradeship of a tightly- knit community doing a job that few in the outside could understand’. Often moving just ahead of the bulldozers, he puts a face to communities on the brink of extinction. Colin makes all his own prints in his darkroom and his non-judgmental work has garnered many awards and fans.
John Davies has been photographing the changing British landscape since the late 1970’s. His seminal book, This Green and Pleasant Land resides on the bookshelves of almost every photo historian as an important document on the United Kingdon. Some of the pictures – Nature in its element – evoke an eerie timelessness. Others, very much of the period, depict vast quarries, allotments, railways and brutalist post-war architecture.Davies, with his perceptive unassuming gaze, documents the harsh impact of social evolution upon the environment. At the same time, he pays homage to the rich tradition of English landscape painting, producing photographs that evoke the Romantic heritage of the places he depicts. His work has amassed plaudits from all over the world and is collected by many international museums. He is, without doubt, one of our most accomplished artists, and again, makes all his own prints in a traditional manner at home.