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Exhibitions

Our temporary exhibitions draw on the National PhotographyCinematography and Television Collections in our care, and complement our permanent galleries.

  • Tom Greenwood, Hebden Bridge, c. 1977, Martin Parr © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

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

    28 March – 29 June 2014

    Featuring works drawn from the Tony Ray-Jones archive, and rarely seen early black and white photographs by Martin Parr, this exhibition will explore the relationship between these two important photographers and their fascination with the English.

    Between 1966 and 1969 Tony Ray-Jones documented English customs and identity in a remarkable series of photographs. Humorous yet melancholy, these works 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.

    In 1970, Martin Parr, a photography student at Manchester Polytechnic, was introduced to Tony 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.

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  • A worker seen through the criss-crossing threadwork of a weaving machine. William Halstead, weavers of fine mohair and worsteds, operating since 1875. Bradford. GB. 2013. © Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos

    Open for Business

    31 January - 5 May 2014

    Open for Business is the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of 9 Magnum photographers: Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti.

    They have photographed over 100 workplaces, from traditional, handmade crafts to modern, intelligent automation; from foundries and assembly lines to research laboratories and high tech cleanrooms, showing an economic sector of extraordinary resilience and diversity.

    British industry faces several challenges and Open for Business reveals the daily struggle as businesses attempt to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition. The project captures British manufacturing's effect on culture and community life, and celebrates the work, activities and lives of its employees.

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