No Such Thing as Society
Tullie House shows off the changing face of Britain as seen through the lenses of the foremost photo-journalists working today.
British society, from the late 1960s until the late 1980s, was in a state of unrest and transition, witnessing the effects of de-industrialisation and the rise of Thatcherism, the miners’ strikes and conflict in Northern Ireland as well as radical shifts in the structure of society itself.
No Such Thing as Society serves as a witness to these times, bringing together 150 photographs by 33 documentary photographers among them Keith Arnatt, Victor Burgin, Peter Fraser, Paul Graham, Brian Griffin, Chris Killip, Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, Chris Steele-Perkins, Graham Smith and Homer Sykes.
Daniel Meadows: Portsmouth: John Payne, aged 12, with two friends and his pigeon, Chequer, 26 April 1974. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre. Copyright the artist, 2007.
The exhibition takes its name from the famous Margaret Thatcher statement: “...society? There is no such thing. There are individual men and women and there are families.”
Tony Ray-Jones: Beauty Contest, Southport, 1967. British Council Collection, London. Copyright the artist, 2007.
The show is divided chronologically into six themes, which reflect contrasting aspects of society at the time.
NO SUCH THING AS SOCIETY
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David Butterworth: Emma’s Wedding. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre. Copyright the artist, 2007.
Curated by David Alan Mellor, Professor of Art History at the University of Sussex, No Such Thing as Society outlines a history of the development of photography in Britain during this era for the first time.
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Keith Arnatt, John Benton-Harris, Ian Berry, Derek Boshier, Victor Burgin, Vanley Burke, David Butterworth, Ian Dobbie, Tarik Chawdry, David Chadwick, John Davies, Peter Fraser, Paul Graham, Brian Griffin, Alexis Hunter, Philip Jones-Griffiths, Chris Killip, Bob Long, Markéta Luskačová, Peter Marlow, Ron McCormick, Daniel Meadows, Peter Mitchell, Tish Murtha, Martin Parr, Gilles Peress, Tony Ray-Jones, Jergen Schadeberg, Graham Smith, Chris Steele-Perkins, Paul Trevor, Homer Sykes and Christine Voge.