The work of Tony Ray-Jones had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr.
In this short film from our Only in England exhibition, Parr discusses the English seaside photography of Ray-Jones, and his own Non-Conformists study of the decline of the small town in the north of England.
Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr is on display now.
From photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron and Eadweard Muybridge to Tony Ray-Jones and Weegee, this exhibition in 2011 highlighted some of the most famous and memorable images ever produced. It illuminated the extraordinary and sometimes exceptional lives these photographers led.
The exhibition was drawn exclusively from our extensive and diverse collection, including works from The Royal Photographic Society Collection and the Daily Herald Archive. Together this exhibition presented a selection of photographs by some of the greatest photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Still life has captured the imagination of photographers from the early 19th century to the present day. When the first photographers adopted the still life genre, they inherited a visual tradition established in centuries of painting. It is a tradition full of lavish, exotic and sometimes dark arrangements that are rich with symbolic depth and meaning.