Only in England

Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

Man in a deck chair

Blackpool, 1968 by Tony Ray-Jones (detail). © National Media Museum

13 February - 7 June 2015

Free entry

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'Only in England' explores the lasting influence of the British photographer Tony Ray-Jones on the development of British photography from the 1970s to the present day.

This exhibition of more than 100 humorous yet melancholic images also includes new prints selected by esteemed photographer Martin Parr. The display reflects English customs and identity as well as Ray-Jones’ innovative approach.

“Don't take boring pictures” was a self-imposed rule Tony Ray-Jones lived by throughout his all too short career. Documenting ordinary English life, his images were a startling departure from anything else being produced at the time.

They quickly attracted the attention of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, where they were exhibited in 1969. Tragically, in 1972, Ray-Jones died from leukaemia aged just 30.

Around 50 of Martin Parr’s rarely seen early black and white photographs from 'The Non-Conformists' series will form part of the exhibition and reveal how an early introduction to Ray-Jones’ work affected Parr’s emerging style. 

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Get a preview of the exhibition in this video trailer.

This exhibition forms part of the LOOK/15: Liverpool International Photography Festival where photographic exhibitions and events take place across the city.

Exhibition organised and toured by National Media Museum and Science Museum’s Media Space.

Science Museum and National Media Museum