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.
‘An endlessly revealing look back at a pivotal moment in British documentary photography’
Martin Parr on collecting: ‘If you're a photographer you're collecting images of the world, trying to make sense of it all...’ Photographer Martin Parr shares his collections of postcards and motorway ephemera.
Martin Parr on postcards: Martin Parr looks at Tony Ray-Jones's postcard collection.
From 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. If you missed it in Bradford, you can see Only in England around the UK on the following dates:
- 13 February – 7 June 2015: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
- 7 July 2016 – 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 – 4 March 2018: Time and Tide, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Shop the exhibition
Limited edition copies of the Only in England exhibition catalogue are available to buy from the Science Museum online shop.
Tony Ray-Jones prints are available to buy from the Science & Society Picture Library.