About Us

  • Britishphotography.org is the home of the Hyman Foundation and The Hyman Collection. THE HYMAN FOUNDATION (Registered Charity Number 1190955) was...

    Modern Nature. Photographs from The Hyman Collection, Hepworth Wakefield, 2018-19.

    Britishphotography.org is the home of the Hyman Foundation and The Hyman Collection.

     

    THE HYMAN FOUNDATION (Registered Charity Number 1190955) was established in 2020 to promote and support photography in Britain in all its diversity. It aims to facilitate the work of contemporary artists, fund research and scholarship, and address issues of legacy and the preservation of archives.

     

    info@hymanfoundation.org

  • THE HYMAN COLLECTION is the private collection of Claire and James Hyman. It is the world’s leading independent collection of...

    THE HYMAN COLLECTION is the private collection of Claire and James Hyman. It is the world’s leading independent collection of British Photography. We seek to support and promote British photography in all its diversity by working with photographers and organisations. The collection began in 1996 and consists of over three thousand artworks with a focus on photography in Britain. The collection ranges from conceptual artists working in photography to documentary photographers, and encompasses historic as well as contemporary photographs. We are committed to diversity and to supporting women in photography. As well as acquiring individual works, in order to best present each photographer, we have tried where possible to collect whole series, multiple series, and even entire exhibitions. 

     

    In creating this website we have attempted to provide an educational resource. The Community section provides links to the work of other organisations and the Photographers section provides online access to the Hyman Collection, and includes links to each photographer's own website, commissioned essays on specific bodies of work and detailed cataloguing of individual pictures in the Hyman Collection. We are very grateful to the photographers and photographer's estates for permission to put these works on line and for their assistance in cataloguing them.

     

    info@hymancollection.org

    press@hymancollection.org

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  • Timeline

    Jo Spence. From Fairytales to Photo Therapy. Photographers from The Hyman Collection, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2020-21.

    Timeline

    2015

    • The Hyman Collection launches www.britishphotography.org as an education resource based on British photographs in the private collection of Claire and James Hyman.

     

    2018

    • The Hyman Collection donates 125 photographs to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, USA

     

    2018-19

    • The Hepworth Wakefield stages Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection

     

    2019

    • The Hyman Collection donates 100 photographs to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, UK.
    • The Hyman Collection announces the first of a series of commissions, Heather Agyepong’s new series Wish You Were Here (premiered Spring 2020).
  • 2020 The Hyman Foundation (Charity Commission No. 1190955) is set up to support photography in Britain. Claire and James Hyman...

    New Website, 2022.

    2020

    • The Hyman Foundation (Charity Commission No. 1190955) is set up to support photography in Britain.
    • Claire and James Hyman organise, stage and donate all works to fundraisers for the NHS-Covid-19 Appeal and The Trussell Trust.

     

    2020-21

    • The Arnolfini in Bristol stages two exhibitions of works from the collection:
    • Jo Spence. From Fairy Tales to Photo Therapy. Photographs from the Hyman Collection.
    • A Picture of Health. Women Photographers from the Hyman Collection.
    • The Hyman Foundation awards a grant to the Arnolfini to support their community programming.

     

    2021

    • Oxford Photo Festival stages A Different Mirror. Women Photographers from the Hyman Collection

     

    2022

    • Launch of new website: www.britishphotography.org
    • Hyman Foundation to launch a grants programme for photographers.
  • Dr Claire Hyman

    Dr Claire Hyman

    Claire is an Oral Surgeon, qualifying as a Specialist in 2000.

     

    From 2004-2020 Claire worked as an Oral Surgeon for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. At the start of the pandemic she was redeployment to ITU (Intensive Care) to help care for patients with Covid-19. Since 2021 she has combined working as a Specialist Oral Surgeon for Whittington Health NHS Trust with teaching. At Peninsula University she is Module Lead for MSc students in Oral Surgery  and Undergraduate Clinical Supervisor, and at King's College London she is Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery. Claire is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Hyman Foundation.

  • Dr James Hyman

    Dr James Hyman

    James is an art historian and art dealer.

     

    James received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute (University of London) and is a leading authority on twentieth century British art, especially the painters of the ”School of London”. His doctorate was published as The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001). He is a writer, lecturer and curator and the Director of James Hyman Gallery. He is a trustee of the Robin and Inge Hyman Charitable Trust, The Hyman Foundation and the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.