Seaside: Photographed

100 images from my Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Project will be part of the ‘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


In 2015 I was invited by the Guernsey Museums and the Guernsey Photography Festival to become the artist in residence on the island of Guernsey with the idea of developing a project based on the island’s social housing communities. The Guernsey Museums and the Guernsey Photography Festival had come to realise that the islands states housing communities were under-represented in the recorded history of Guernsey. By making portraits of individuals and families living in these communities, the prime aim of the project was to fill a gap in the island’s visual record of 21st Century life in Guernsey and give visibility to a segment of the island’s community that is often invisible and missrepresented. Guerns is the result of that residency.

Available from Butchers Hook Books

  • 62 pages 
  • 170 gsm 
  • 33 colour illustrations 
  • 16 black & white illustrations 
  • 203.2 x 254 mm / 8 x 10 inch 
  • Softcover 
  • ISBN 978-1-5272-1777-5
  • Includes an essay by Greg Hobson
  • Published by Butchers Hook Books.

Praise for Guerns!

  • Greg Hobson - “Very rarely does a body of work surface that addresses this imbalance and shows how portrait photography can be liberating, meaningful and of lasting importance. Jason Wilde’s Guerns! realises all of these through a combination of his warmth for his subjects and deft use of the camera”
  • Daniel Meadows - “A multi-layered work, I think, you do a lot in 60 pages. Congratulations. I look forward to spending time with it, unpicking its many mysteries”
  • Helen Conlon, Fine Art Curator, Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery - “Being invited into people’s homes is a privilege that is earnt. Jason Wilde’s skill as a photographer is equalled by his ability to engage with his subjects, allowing them control over the process and gaining their trust. The photographs reflect this openness and makes the ‘Guerns’ collection a valuable addition both artistically and socially”
  • Greg Hobson - “Wilde’s photographs are a remarkably fresh and optimistic portrait of these communities. He has avoided the cliches of destitution and chaos, showing instead the binding properties of family and community. The work is joyful and there is a sense of ownership of the photographs from the subjects as much as from the photographer. In this respect, the photographs are an important testimony of the island’s states housing communities and history of Guernsey, as well as making a hugely important contribution to the tradition of documentary portraiture. Furthermore, by treating his subjects with respect, Wilde shows us how the power of photographs are revelatory, as well as a celebration of life in a cynical and suspicious time

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