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Only In England: Photographs by Tony-Ray Jones and Martin Parr

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Start Date:21st September 2013
End Date:16th March 2014
Only In England: Photographs by Tony-Ray Jones and Martin Parr

The first ever major London exhibition of work by British Photographer, Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972) will open at Media Space on 21 September 2013. The exhibition will feature over 100 works drawn from the Tony Ray-Jones archive at the National Media Museum alongside 50 rarely seen early black and white photographs, The Non-Conformists, by Martin Parr (1952).

Between 1966 and 1969 Tony Ray-Jones created a body of photographic work documenting English customs and identity. Humorous yet melancholy, these photographs were a departure from anything else being produced at the time. They quickly attracted the attention of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London where they were exhibited in 1969. Tragically, in 1972, Ray-Jones died from Leukaemia aged just 30. However, his short but prolific career had a lasting influence on the development of British photography from the 1970s through to the present day.

In 1970, Martin Parr, a photography student at Manchester Polytechnic, had been introduced to Ray-Jones. Inspired by him, Parr produced The Non-Conformists, shot in black and white in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding Calder Valley. This project started within two years of Ray-Jones death and demonstrates his legacy and influence.

Around 50 vintage prints will be on display alongside an equal number of photographs which have never previously been printed. Martin Parr has been invited to select these new works from the 2700 contact sheets and negatives in the archive. Shown alongside these are Parr�s early black and white work, unfamiliar to many, which has only ever previously been exhibited in Hebden Bridge itself and at Camerawork Gallery, London in 1981.

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Phone:0870 870 4868

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Gillferg Junior Member 4 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2013 - 10:40 AM

The Tony Ray- Jones photographs show the English at their most eccentric: people sitting on bleak beaches, wearing suits and ties, Thermos flasks at the ready. The exhibition also includes notes that Tony Ray-Jones wrote:
'Get more involved'
'Don't take boring pictures'
These notes give a real insight into his way of thinking and approaching photography.
Martin Parr's 'Non- Conformists' is an equally evocative series of early black and white photographs. They focus on the local community around Hebden Bridge in the 1970s. The influence of Tony Ray-Jones is clear to see.
If you are remotely interested in social documentary photography, or simply enjoy looking at beautiful monochrome images - Only in England will not disappoint.

Last Modified By Gillferg at 31 Oct 2013 - 10:45 AM
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