Jason Wilde

Seaside: Photographed Exhibition

Seaside: Photographed has opened at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. It’s a really great show put together over 4 years by a fantastic team of Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson with help from the staff of the Turner. Im proper chuffed to be included in with some amazing photographers and their divers photo projects and archives which are curated in a way that allows each project to tell its own story and also be part of the larger narrative of the British seaside over the last 170 odd years. For fans of photography, history, the seaside and how we live. Visit Margate folks! The show is on till Sun 8 Sep 2019. I’m defo going back for another look. 



One of my favourite projects in the show is a series of Ferrotypes made in the 1880’s. These images were of visitors to the seaside taken by ‘bodgers and smudgers’, kind of itinerant photographers who made a living visiting seaside towns with their makeshift portrait studios. Wonderful and powerful photos that had special resonance as these so called ‘bodgers and smudgers’ were a major influence for Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio. Another major influence on my project was Daniel Meadows, whose images were on the opposite wall to my photographs.



What a loverly surprise to turn the corner from the front entrance and see this lot. Heres a link to below images on this site



Seaside: Photographed Announcement

So very pleased to declare that 100 images from my Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Project will be part of the upcoming ’Seaside: Photographed’ exhibition at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate. This major exhibition will examine the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. It is Turner Contemporary’s first ever photography exhibition. As well as featuring the work of eminent photographers including Jane Bown, Henri Cartier Bresson, Vanley Burke, Anna Fox, Susan Hiller, Paul Nash, Martin Parr, and Ingrid Pollard, the curators have included rich and often unknown work from across photography’s history, including Raymond Lawson’s remarkable chronicle of family life in Whitstable.

Curated by Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson, ’Seaside: Photographed’ is a touring exhibition organised by Turner Contemporary. The exhibition will take place at Turner Contemporary in summer 2019, touring to three other UK venues in 2020, each with their own unique connection to the seaside; John Hansard Gallery, Grundy Art Gallery, and Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange. With support from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.


Dates: Sat 25 May - Sun 8 Sep 2019

Link to Turner Contemporary

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