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Only In England – VirginMedia Media Space – Science Museum, London

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We were recently delighted to attend the Private Viewing of the fabulous ‘Only In England’ Photo Exhibition at the Science Museum, London. As Press Partners to VirginMedia and as they are the main sponsors of the event, we were delighted to share our evening with among others, Richard Branson.

Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr is the first major exhibition at the Science Museum’s new Media Space, a £4 million space which includes 500 metre square gallery for major exhibitions, a studio for installations, events and creative workshops, and a cafe and bar.

The exhibition, put together by Greg Hobson curator at the National Media Museum, features Tony Ray-Jones’s striking 1960s images of Britons at play as well as 50 rarely seen early black and white photographs by Martin Parr. The exhibition explores the relationship between these two important photographers who met in 1970 when Parr was inspired by Ray-Jones to produce The Non-Conformists, a series of black and white images shot largely in the Hebden Bridge in the Yorkshire Pennines.
 
The exhibition is open daily 10am-6pm, last admission 5.15pm.

To book tickets, go here – it is a tremendous gallery and should not be missed!

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‘Joanne Carter with Martin Parr’, 2013

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Beauty contestants, Southport, Merseyside, 1967 by Tony Ray-Jones
© National Media Museum

‘Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s traveling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life. Humorous yet melancholy, these works had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who has now made a new selection including over 50 previously unseen works from the National Media Museum’s Ray-Jones archive. Shown alongside The Non-Conformists, Parr’s rarely seen work from the 1970s, this selection forms a major new exhibition which demonstrates the close relationships between the work of these two important photographers’.

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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