Tony Ray-Jones, Photography and the Street
Thurs 20 March, 7pm, £5 (£4)
Brian Liddy, associate curator at the National Media Museum, will discuss the work of Tony Ray-Jones and street photography.
British-born Tony Ray-Jones developed his style of street photography in New York during the early 1960s under his own mottos: 'Be more aggressive'. 'Be more involved'. 'Talk to people’.' Stay with the subject. 'Be patient'. 'Take simpler pictures'. 'Don't take boring pictures'. 'Get in closer'.
In 1965, he returned home to continue his practice on the streets and beaches of England. The seafront in particular provided the perfect backdrop for capturing English customs and identity and the resulting images were unlike anything else being produced at the time.
Tragically, in 1972 Ray-Jones died from Leukemia aged just 30 however his short but prolific career has had a lasting influence on photography until the present day.
‘Tony Ray-Jones pictures were about England. They had contrast, that seedy eccentricity, but they showed it in a very subtle way. They have an ambiguity, a visual anarchy. They showed me what was possible’ – Martin Parr
This talk complements the current exhibition of work by American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia at The Hepworth Wakefield as well as Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr on show at the nearby National Media Museum in Bradford, Thursday 28 March – Thursday 26 June 2014.
Tickets cost £5 or £4 for concessions and places can be booked by contacting 01924 24736). Members receive a 25% discount on talks, events and workshops.
- 20 March 2014