Only in England comprises three distinct sets of images, plus a short film and a selection of other objects such as pages from Tony Ray-Jones’ notebooks. All are at Palace Arts, except for one set of prints at Kirkleatham Museum. All are on show for the whole summer, up until 3rd October. Please note that the opening times for the two venues are different.
Tony Ray-Jones: vintage prints at Kirkleatham
After returning from the USA, Ray-Jones began to extensively photograph the English at leisure: at the seaside, beauty pageants, festivals. He captured the English quirks hidden amongst the personal dramas within the frame. These photographs were arguably Ray-Jones’ most important and influential work, which would later define his career.
Tony Ray-Jones, Beachy Head Boat Trip, 1967 © National Science and Media Museum
Martin Parr: The Non-Conformists
This section of the exhibition at palace Arts features Parr’s first major body of work ‘The Non-Conformists’. Parr moved to Hebden Bridge between 1974-1979, there he photographed the local area and residents of the town and surrounding Calder Valley. The work highlights the transition that Hebden Bridge was undergoing, as well as the declining traditions that previously defined the community. The local Methodist and Baptist chapels that characterised the area were a particular focal point for Parr, whose grandfather was a Methodist lay preacher. The black and white photographs have a nostalgic undertone, which is heightened by Parr’s personal history and connection to the local community.
Martin Parr, Wedding, Crimsworth Dean Methodist Chapel, 1977 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
Tony Ray-Jones: work selected by Martin Parr
The photographs in this section have been chosen by Parr from the collection of English photographs at the Ray-Jones archive, housed at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. Parr has selected previously unseen photographs from Ray-Jones’ original contact sheets, which have been printed for the first time specifically for the ‘Only in England’ exhibition.
Tony Ray-Jones, Location unknown, possibly Broadstairs, c. 1967 © National Science and Media Museum