Imagine Hillfields: exhibition review by f50 Collective.

11th-31st August 2015 at Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5ED.

The Imagine Hillfields exhibition is a collaboration between Fargo Village, the University of Warwick, Coventry University and Hillfields History Group, the Library of Birmingham, and the photographers Richard Sadler, John Blakemore, Masterji and Jason Scott Tilley.

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MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING: PHOTOGRAPHS BY NICK HEDGES

Media Space, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD from 02.10.2014 to 01.03.2015

This is an exhibition of considerable merit. It focuses on the work of Nick Hedges, who was commissioned by the UK housing charity, Shelter, in 1968 to record the deprivation and homelessness prevalent in Britain almost 50 years ago.

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A Review of ‘Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr’.

Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, 13 February to 7 June 2015.

Only in England, the Walker’s current large scale exhibition of photographs revisits meditations on English social rituals by Tony Ray-Jones (1941-72) and Martin Parr (1952- ). The photographs of leisure pursuits by the former date from the period 1966-69, while those from the latter, examining the decline of rural traditions in Yorkshire’s Calder Valley, date from 1975-80.

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Portrait Salon 14 – Oriel Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, North Wales by Tony Harratt

This is an exhibition that grew out of another one. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious competitions culminating in an exhibition held at The National Portrait Gallery in London annually. The competition attracts in excess of 4,000 entries from around the world of which only a small number of images are selected; for the 2014 competition just 60 were chosen.

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BLACK COUNTRY STORIES by MARTIN PARR at THE NEW GALLERY (WALSALL, UK) BY Tony Harratt

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Image credit:  Norman Soper (best pot leek), Sandwell Show © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014, commissioned by Multistory.

After reading John’s review of Jason Scott Tilley’s “People of India” (see below), I decided I had to see the show, too. I wasn’t disappointed! The quality and the volume of images made it a very enjoyable and worthwhile trip. However, this was not my only reason for heading south for the day.

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BARRO FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY HARRATT

The BEST festival of photography you’ve never heard of! And that’s hardly surprising considering that Barro is a small village in the Poitou-Charente region of France.

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