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Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

Featuring works drawn from the Tony Ray-Jones archive and rarely seen early photographs by Martin Parr, this exhibition explored the relationship between these two important photographers and their fascination with the English.


Intrigued by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life.

Humorous yet melancholy, these images had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who made a selection from our Tony Ray-Jones archive for this exhibition, including over 50 previously unseen photographs.

Parr’s selection was shown alongside his rarely seen work, The Non-Conformists, which documents a declining traditional way of life in 1970s Hebden Bridge.


On our blog: Martin Parr in conversation

Only in England on tour

Following its debut at the Science Museum and its display here in Bradford, Only in England went on tour around the UK. Please note this tour has now ended.

  • 13 February – 7 June 2015: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
  • 7 July – 25 September 2016: The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury
  • 25 February – 7 May 2017: Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham
  • 27 May – 3 October 2017: Palace Arts Hub and Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, North Yorkshire
  • 21 October 2017 – 15 April 2018: Time and Tide, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Shop the exhibition

Tony Ray-Jones prints are available to buy from the Science & Society Picture Library.

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