Events and Exhibitions

Black and white pixelated portrait of a man wearing glasses framed in a blurred circle
8 June 2024 to 31 August 2024

Performing Histories / Histories Re-Imagined offers an insight into photographic approaches that critically engage with ‘the archive’ to re-address the past and bring to the fore histories that have been overlooked. It presents the work of Alba Zari, Amin Yousefi, Eleonora Agostini, Emi O’Connell, Jermaine Francis, Laura Chen, Odette England, and Tarrah Krajnak. The group show is on at Impressions Gallery 8 June - 31 August 2024.

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27 April 2024 to 31 January 2025

This April, acclaimed Bradfordian social documentary photographer Ian Beesley turns 70. He has spent the last 5 decades documenting life in the North of England. He had planned to retire this year. Instead, the appetite for his work is stronger than ever. So on April 27 a previously unseen selection of Beesley’s work selected from his archive of over 200,000 images goes on show at Salts Mill, Saltaire.


Past Events and Exhibitions

22 March 2014 to 29 June 2014

Featuring works drawn from the Tony Ray-Jones archive in the National Photography Collection, 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.

Fascinated 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.

20 March 2014 to 14 June 2014

Evoking death, drama and identity, George Chakravarthi re-imagines thirteen characters in Shakespeare’s plays who met their ends through suicide. Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this is the first time Thirteen will be shown outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

31 January 2014 to 5 May 2014

Open for Business is the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of nine 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 resistance and diversity.

10 December 2013 to 8 March 2014

Photographs by Paul Reas 1972 to 2012: Paul Reas emerged from the new wave of British colour documentary of the mid-1980s. This is the international première of Reas’ first major retrospective, spanning 40 years from Thatcherite Britain to today’s recession.

15 November 2013 to 9 February 2014

Copper Horses by Chris Harrison is a new exhibition reflecting on identity, class, British industry and the photographer's relationship with his dad.

When Chris was a boy he believed his dad was a deep-sea diver who had adventures every day. In reality his dad worked in a factory as a precision engineer.

By the time Chris had grown up he realised his dad wasn't an adventurer. Instead, like many others, he worked hard to provide for his family in a difficult, skilled and often underappreciated job.

25 October 2013, 09:30 to 16:00

NB: EVENT NOW CANCELLED - This event will not take place although the related event in London is still set to go ahead.

Photography is often perceived as a solitary practice; one eye fixed on the world. This series of talks will explore an alternative history of photography as a shared activity. RPS members, Redeye members and students receive a discounted ticket rate of £15.

14 September 2013 to 23 September 2013

The Home Front explores links between militarism, marketing and entertainment. Made over four years, this is the international premiere of photographer Melanie Friend’s major new exhibition.

The Home Front is a set of three related photographic series that together explore the civilian experience of war, with a particular focus on public air shows that take place at Royal Air Force bases, and in the skies above seaside resorts.

5 July 2013 to 31 August 2013

Impressions Gallery in partnership with Autograph ABP presents a retrospective of James Barnor’s street and studio photographs, spanning Ghana and London from the late 1940s to early 1970s.

This major touring exhibition has only previously been shown at Rivington Place, London and the South African National Gallery, Capetown.

18 January 2013 to 13 April 2013

As recent events demonstrate, Israel and its surrounding territories have been an area of contention and dispute since the country’s establishment in 1948.

In this timely and highly relevant exhibition, Yaakov Israel takes us on a geographical and metaphorical journey across this complex land, offering one man’s view- point of the nation that shares his name.

17 November 2012 to 10 February 2013

Still life has inspired photographers throughout the history of the medium. The form, developed throughout centuries of painting and visual art, is full of striking imagery and dark symbolism, focusing on decay and the fleeting nature of life.

Featuring works by some of the most celebrated practitioners of photography, Art of Arrangement investigates the photographic still life through both classic examples and works that challenge the definition of the genre.

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