Jason Wilde

Seaside: Photographed

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

JWFPS 02 Magazine Published


Published by Butchers Hook Books, London, 2018.

Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio started life in 2009 under a railway bridge in Chalk Farm, London. Since then, 51 makeshift portrait studios were set-up inside a variety of venues in and around the London Borough of Camden. Visitors to those venues were then invited to have their portrait taken in return for a free A4 black and white portrait.

2224 people accepted that invitation, helping me create a unique and important visual archive and a worthy addition to our collective visual and social history.

Equal parts English history, cultural anthropology and human narrative, the photographs eschew the overtly conceptual motifs of much contemporary portraiture in favour of the descriptive powers of the medium. This on-going body of work aims to reflect the complex nature of contemporary English society through multiple individual portraits.

The series of JWFPS magazine sets out to explore the untold editing opportunities that a portrait  archive of this size and scope offers.

Available from the Butchers Hook Books.

44 pages 

170 gsm 

20 colour illustrations 

220 x 280 x 8 mm 


1. Edition 04/2017

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