Only In England

25 February - 7 May

Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr examines the close relationship between the work of these two important photographers and their fascination with the English.

Intrigued by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life. 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.

These images had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who has made a selection from the Tony Ray-Jones archive for this exhibition, including previously unseen photographs, from the 2700 contact sheets and negatives in the archive at the National Media Museum, Bradford. Shown alongside these are Parr’s early black and white photography The Non-Conformists, unfamiliar to many, which documents a declining traditional way of life in 1970s Hebden Bridge.

Only In The North


Be in for a chance to win £1000 or an Impossible Camera!

To celebrate this exhibition we invite photographers of all ages to take inspiration from Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, and to share their own unique images of Northern England.

Through this project, we hope to capture images that represent the distinctive character of the North today. They can show anything from iconic scenery and landmarks, to the people and customs that give Northern England its unmistakable identity and charm.

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