Today I’m stewarding at Palace Arts in Redcar, this exhibition is a great coup for a small, regional gallery.
‘Only in England’ has photographs from two of my favourite social photographers, Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones.
The photographs from Martin Parr are selected from his Non-Conformist project, centred in Hebden Bridge not long after he finished college.
The Tony Ray-Jones photographs have been selected by Martin Parr from a couple of thousand contact sheets and are photographs not previously printed.
There is another exhibition at Kirkletham Museum on the outskirts of Redcar where the photographs that are being shown were printed by Tony Ray-Jones himself.
Both of these photographers studied a very English way of life with warmth and honesty, and the selection of images that are in the exhibition are great examples of this humour and warmth.