Work, Rest & Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today

Image: Installation view, Work, Rest & Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today , Three Shadows Photography Centre, Xiamen, China, 2016

Work, Rest & Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today, curated by The Photographers’ Gallery and exhibited at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China, opened on the 20th August 2016. The exhibition reflects on the richness of photographic practices over the last fifty years in the United Kingdom.

This 50+ year period witnessed the development of a diverse photographic culture, dedicated photography courses, the rise of specialist magazines, photography publishers and other independent galleries – all laying the foundation for the dynamic photographic culture we enjoy today.

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Installation view, Work, Rest & Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today , Three Shadows Photography Centre, Xiamen, China, 2016

Work, Rest & Play is structured chronologically, with the themes of ‘work’, ‘rest’ and ‘play’ providing a backdrop through which to experience the images and the subjects they focus on. This exhibition features over 450 works by thirty-seven acclaimed photographers and artists working across a wide range of genres and disciplines including photojournalism, portraiture, fashion and fine art.

Artists included in the exhibition include Terence Donovan, James Barnor, Linda McCartney, Shirley Baker, Derek Ridgers, Martin Parr, Toby Glanville, Jason Evans, Tim Walker, Nigel Shafran, Lorenzo Vitturi, Melanie Manchot and Simon Roberts, to name a few.

The exhibition has previously been exhibited at OCT-Loft, Shenzhen; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai and Visual Arts Centre, OCT-Chengdu as part of the 2015 UK-China Year of Culture organized by the British Council.

A specially commissioned essay by writer and historian Lucy Soutter, on the key themes of the show, can be read here. Installation views of the exhibition in Xiamen can be viewed here, alongside documentation of all the other installations of the project.

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