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Celebrate English eccentricity through the photography of Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

Posted at 10:00 am, October 9, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Blackpool, 1968 by Tony Ray-Jones © National Media Museum

If you’re a fan of a gritty British kitchen sink drama, be sure to check out the Science Museum Media Space’s first ever exhibition, Only in England. The brand new space will be exhibiting 55 previously unseen works by British photographer Tony Ray-Jones who between 1966 and 1969 captured the English identity by documenting typically English customs in a humorous yet melancholy style that was totally unique at the time.

Tony died of Leukaemia aged just 30 in 1972, but his short yet prolific career has had a huge influence on British photography and the photographer Martin Parr, who selected the works on show from the thousands of negatives from the National Media Museum’s archives. Martin’s rarely seen photo series ‘The Non-Conformists’ will also be shown, demonstrating the legacy and influence of Tony’s work on other photographers. The exhibition is open now until March 16 next year, with tickets priced £8 per person (£5 concessions).

Find out more about Only In England.

Beauty contestants, Southport, Merseyside, 1967 by Tony Ray-Jones © National Media Museum Blackpool, 1968 by Tony Ray-Jones © National Media Museum

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