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.
‘Joanne Carter with Martin Parr’, 2013
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’.