The Hyman Collection is one of the major collections in the world of the photographs of John Blakemore.
John Blakemore is one of the greatest British photographers and darkroom printers of the last half century. One of the leading photographers of landscape and nature in the world, his equisite prints, each subtly different - whether the result of toning or variations in exposure - represent interpretative responses to the subject before him.
Blakemore was born in Coventry in 1936. In the 1950s he travelled to Libya with the Royal Air Force whilst on National Service, and it was during this time he discovered photography. Further inspiration came from Edward Steichen's The Family of Man and also childhood experiences during the second World War.
Following his return from National Service, Blakemore, began to photograph the people of Coventry and its reconstruction after the war. Completely self-taught, John Blakemore worked under the Black Star agency as a freelance photographer. He then evolved his personal work to focus on nature, the environment and natural processes such as wind, water and light. Having spent many years in the landscape, later works move in doors to the recurrent motif of the tulip and from Shaker-like simplicity to a more Baroque flamboyance.
John Blakemore is celebrated for the detail, texture and tonal richness of his work. Blakemore began teaching in the late 1970s, and became a major figure in what was then seen as a 'British obsession with photography'. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Photography at the University of Derby, where he taught from 1970 to 2001.
John Blakemore's books include Inscape (1991), Stilled Gaze (1994) and John Blakemore's Black and White Photography Workshop (2005). His work has been exhibited world-wide and he is widely regarded as one of the finest photographers and printers in the United Kingdom. Blakemore has been the recipient of Arts Council awards, a British Council Traveling Exhibition and in 1992 he won the coveted Fox Talbot Award for Photography.
Blakemore was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1998.
John BlakemoreFrom 'Lila', 1977Gelatin Silver Print49.7 x 58.8 cms
19 5/8 x 23 1/8 insJohn Blakemore, From 'Lila', 1977£ 1,200.00
John BlakemoreWind Series II No.1, 1981Gelatin Silver Print49.4 x 58.3 cms
19 1/2 x 23 insJohn Blakemore, Wind Series II No.1, 1981£ 1,200.00
John BlakemoreWind Series II No.2, 1981Gelatin Silver Prints50.5 x 60.8 cms
19 7/8 x 24 insJohn Blakemore, Wind Series II No.2, 1981£ 1,200.00
John Blakemorefrom LILA, sequence 3, 1981Gelatin Silver Prints49.5 x 61 cms
19 1/2 x 24 insJohn Blakemore, from LILA, sequence 3, 1981£ 1,200.00
John BlakemoreTulipa - The Generations' No.14, 1984Gelatin Silver Print60.8 x 46.5 cms
24 x 18 1/4 insJohn Blakemore, Tulipa - The Generations' No.14, 1984£ 1,400.00
John BlakemorePampas Grass No.1, 1990Gelatin Silver Print42 x 53.5 cms
16 1/2 x 21 insJohn Blakemore, Pampas Grass No.1, 1990£ 1,200.00
John BlakemoreTulipa - Celebrations' No.1, 1990Gelatin Silver Print60.8 x 37.6 cms
24 x 14 3/4 insJohn Blakemore, Tulipa - Celebrations' No.1, 1990£ 1,400.00
John blakemorePampas Grass no.4, 1990Gelatin Silver Print54.5 x 30.5 cms
21 1/2 x 12 insJohn blakemore, Pampas Grass no.4, 1990£ 1,200.00
John BlakemoreThe Studio Table No.6, 1994Gelatin Silver Print58.7 x 47.6 cms
23 1/8 x 18 3/4 insJohn Blakemore, The Studio Table No.6, 1994£ 1,400.00
John BlakemoreTulipa - Celebrations, 1994Gelatin Silver Print50.5 x 58.8 cms
19 7/8 x 23 1/8 ins
John BlakemoreTulipa - The Generations' No. 15, 1994Gelatin Silver Print57.8 x 46.4 cms
22 3/4 x 18 1/4 insJohn Blakemore, Tulipa - The Generations' No. 15, 1994£ 1,200.00
John BlakemoreTulipomania No.2, 1994Gelatin Silver Print48 x 57.4 cms
18 7/8 x 22 5/8 ins
John BlakemoreTulipa - Celebrations, 1994Gelatin Silver Print49.4 x 59.2 cms
19 1/2 x 23 1/4 insJohn Blakemore, Tulipa - Celebrations, 1994£ 1,400.00
Landscape Trauma8 Jun - 24 Sep 2023Landscape Trauma explores the different ways in which we impact the landscape and suggests that nature cannot be viewed without considering our relationship to it. Landscape is understood as a...
John Blakemore. Seduced by Light8 Jun - 24 Sep 2023John Blakemore: Seduced by Light brings together black and white landscapes and unique artist’s books to explore movement and light. The exhibition includes black and white landscapes made in Wales...