British Photography from the 1970s

The Martin Parr Foundation is pleased to present a programme of events, over the course of two days, celebrating and exploring British photography from the 1970s.

Friday 20th April 2018 / 6.30 to 9.30pm

World premier of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, produced and directed by Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt.

Magazine editor, writer, lecturer, photographer, evangelist, mercurial force; Bill Jay was all of these and more.

Bill Jay ignited the fire beneath British photography in 1968 with his magazine Creative Camera and fanned its flames via Album magazine, the ICA, the RPS, and camera clubs and polytechnics across the land before decamping to the University of New Mexico and on to Arizona State University. His lectures and teaching created a generation of American photographers, teachers, curators and publishers. He wrote twenty books and over four hundred articles, living a life filled with controversy and passion. Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay documents his life through archive images, audio and photographs alongside interviews with his friends, colleagues and family including Martin Parr, David Hurn, Homer Sykes, Ralph Gibson, Paul Hill, Brian Griffin, Daniel Meadows, Alex Webb, John Benton-Harris, Sue Davis, and Mary V. Swanson amongst others.

Following this screening, Martin Parr, Grant Scott, David Hurn, Brian Griffin and Daniel Meadows will discuss the film and Bill Jay’s impact on the world of photography.

Combination tickets and tickets for Saturday 21st April 2018 still available.

Saturday 21st April 2018 / 9.30am to 4.00pm

In conjunction with RRB Photobooks

John Myers
Myers was shooting a mixture of portraits and urban landscapes in the Birmingham area in the 1970s in a project called ‘Middle England.’ He is currently working with RRB Photobooks to publish his full archive and their first book together, titled ‘The Portraits’,  will be launched on the 21st April to coincide with Myers’ talk.

Marketa Luskacova in conversation with Ken Grant
Luskacova has lived in London for almost 45 years and photographed in the East End in the 1970s. This work culminated in a show at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Peter Mitchell
Mitchell’s landmark colour exhibition ‘A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Mission’ was shown in 1979 at the Impressions Gallery, York. Peter will discuss the ideas and concepts behind this and his other bodies of work.

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen
Finnish photographer Konttinen has lived and worked in the Newcastle area for nearly 50 years and is a co-founder of the Amber collective. She will talk about her Byker work from the 1970s which was recently acquired and shown by the Tate Modern. More recently Sirkka returned to Byker and photographed the new estate and it’s inhabitants that replaced the original community for her project Byker Revisited.

David Hurn in conversation with Martin Parr
Hurn was a pivotal figure of this decade, working both as a fashion photographer and  photojournalist.  At the time, his London flat was almost regarded as the creative hub of British photography. He will be in conversation with Martin Parr.

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