About Us

  • THE CENTRE FOR BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY

    THE CENTRE FOR BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY

    Coming soon...

     

    The Centre for British Photography is a charitable initative set up by the Hyman Foundation  (Registered Charity Number 1190955).  A significant new space for British photography, it will have exhibitions spaces, a programme of public events, an archive, and a shop. It aims to provide a dedicated home for British Photography in all its diversity. The aim is to host exhibitions curated independently by outside curators and institutional partners as well as to provide access to the Hyman Collection and in so doing present an expansive overview of British photography past and present. It is due to open in January 2023. 

     

    The Centre will be based just off Piccadilly in central London for an initial period of two years in order to develop relationships with other organisations, charities and individuals that will allow it to become independent and self-sustaining. It will be a hub for exhibitions, events, partnerships and collaborations. We will be announcing shortly our opening exhibitions and events. 

     

    The Centre is initially being funded and run by the Hyman Foundation (Registered Charity Number 1190955) but we are also looking forward to establishing partnerships with other organisations and charities. Please do contact us if you would like to collaborate or support our activities or would be interested in becoming a trustee or advisor. 

     

    Exhibitions at the Centre will be free of charge and all profits from the shop will go to fund the work of the charity in support of photography in Britain.

  • THE CENTRE FOR BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM

  • THE HYMAN FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

  • The Hyman Foundation Advisors

    Zelda Cheatle                 http://www.zeldacheatle.com/

    Anna Fox                         https://annafox.co.uk/

    Paul Hermann                https://www.redeye.org.uk/about

    Karen Knorr                    https://karenknorr.com/

    Tracy Marshall                https://photomeet.org/tracy-marshall-interview

    Renee Mussai                  https://autograph.org.uk/about-us/contact 

    Richard Ovenden           https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/libraries/bodleys-librarian

    Sir Brian Pomeroy          https://www.ageuk.org.uk/about-us/people/directors-trustees/trustees/ 

    Jem Southam                   https://www.photolegacyproject.co.uk/about

    Michael Wilson               https://www.eon.co.uk/about/

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

    The Centre for British Photography is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.


    The mission of the Centre for British Photography is to champion photography made in Britain in all its diversity. We acknowledge that ‘diversity’ relates to multiple considerations including, but not limited to, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation, age, disability, civil status, pregnancy and maternity/paternity rights.


    Our commitment is to support and platform photographs from all backgrounds and to be as inclusive as possible.

     

    As a new organisation we are mindful of the importance of creating a diverse programme of exhibitions and events and also a diverse workforce that serves our communities. To this end we are guided by the 2010 Equality Act which provides a clear legislative framework for addressing discrimination in the workplace, actively promoting diversity and implementing equality of opportunity for all persons.
    We will regularly monitor, review and adapt both our EDI commitments and actions to remain relevant and effective and report progress to staff, trustees, stakeholders and other relevant parties.

  • THE HYMAN FOUNDATION (Registered Charity Number 1190955) was established in 2020 to promote and support photography in Britain in all...

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

    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.

     

  • 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. 

     

    info@hymancollection.org

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    2021

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

     

    2022

    • Launch of new website: www.britishphotography.org
    • The Hyman Foundation launches the Centre for British Photography
    • The Hyman Foundation to launch a grants programme for photographers.