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Seaside: Photographed


The plan was to spend a few summer weeks over a number of years traveling around the coast of England making portraits of the people I met. In 2009 I left London for my first ‘coastal’ portrait trip but after chasing and wrestling my 9ft x 6ft collapsible white background along the promenades of various south-coast towns in windy rain, I decided that an outdoor project was too chancy. Around the same time Professor Val Williams invited me to set up a series of portrait studios in her Hastings Gallery during the 2009 Hastings Old Town Carnival Week. Accepting Val’s invitation to move the project indoors, I held 3 portrait studio sessions over a week in August and made 183 portraits. The success of those first studio sessions influenced the creation of the indoor Camden focused version of Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio.

Fast forward 10 years and 100 of those images that were made on the coast and during the 2009 Hastings Old Town Carnival Week were selected into the ‘Seaside: Photographed’ exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. This major exhibition examined the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. It was 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 was a touring exhibition organised by Turner Contemporary.

Seasdie: Photographed Bio

  • 2019, Turner Gallery

Seaside: Photographed


The plan was to spend a few summer weeks over a number of years traveling around the coast of England making portraits of the people I met. In 2009 I left London for my first ‘coastal’ portrait trip but after chasing and wrestling my 9ft x 6ft collapsible white background along the promenades of various south-coast towns in windy rain, I decided that an outdoor project was too chancy. Around the same time Professor Val Williams invited me to set up a series of portrait studios in her Hastings Gallery during the 2009 Hastings Old Town Carnival Week. Accepting Val’s invitation to move the project indoors, I held 3 portrait studio sessions over a week in August and made 183 portraits. The success of those first studio sessions influenced the creation of the indoor Camden focused version of Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio.

Fast forward 10 years and 100 of those images that were made on the coast and during the 2009 Hastings Old Town Carnival Week were selected into the ‘Seaside: Photographed’ exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. This major exhibition examined the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. It was 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 was a touring exhibition organised by Turner Contemporary.

Seasdie: Photographed Bio

  • 2019, Turner Gallery

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