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What is 'Only in England'?

May 16, 2017

Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

The national touring exhibition ‘Only in England’ showcases the work of British photographers Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972) and Martin Parr (born 1952). The exhibition features a number of vintage Tony Ray-Jones prints (exhibited at Kirkleatham Museum), a number of new prints from negatives in the Tony Ray Jones' archive selected by Martin Parr (exhibited at Palace Arts), and images from Parr’s early work ‘The Non-Conformists’ (exhibited at Palace Arts).



Martin Parr, Pigeon competition, The Rope and Anchor pub, Todmorden, 1975 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos



The exhibition highlights the connection between these two pioneering photographers, and their preoccupation with the English at leisure.  


Between 1966 and 1969, Tony Ray-Jones focused on documenting English social culture. Despite his early death in 1972, these photographs had a lasting influence on generations of photographers, in particular on Martin Parr. Inspired by Ray-Jones, Parr produced his first major body of work, ‘The Non-Conformists’, between 1974 and 1979. 


Both photographers are recognised for their standout contribution to recording the English identity. 

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