A new online print sale featuring the work of more than 50 of the best photographers working in Britain today will go live on 17 November. It will raise funds for the new Centre for British Photography (Registered charity number 1190955) and its support of photographers in Britain, through commissions, grants, exhibitions and acquisitions. Featuring the work of many of the best photographers working in Britain and priced at £70, the prints will be available to purchase from 17 November – 19 December 2022 on the Centre for British Photography.
The Centre, a new home for British photography, will open in London in late January 2023. Three floors of exhibitions will present the diverse landscape of British photography today, as well as an historical overview. The 8000 sq. ft. centre will be FREE to visit year-round and will offer exhibitions, events and talks, a shop and an archive and library.
James Hyman, Founding Director, said: “The Centre for British Photography is for anyone with an interest in photography. Photography in Britain is some of the best in the world and we want to give it more exposure and support. With this new physical space, alive with exhibitions and events, we hope to create a hub that increases British photography’s national and international status. We hope in the long run to develop an independent centre. The print sale will help us to create a self-sustaining dedicated National Collection and public programme.”
The A4 prints will be printed to the photographer's specifications using Canson rag or Fuji Christal Archive (Matt or Gloss) and priced at £70 plus postage and packing.
When it opens in January 2023, the Centre for British Photography will feature photographs from 1900 to the present, work by photographers living and working in the UK today, and images taken by those who immigrated to the UK. It will present self-generated exhibitions and those led by independent curators and organisations, as well as monographic displays. The Centre plans to stage numerous exhibitions throughout the year and also bring together the photographic community – professional and amateur - through its talks and events programme.
The Hyman Collection includes over 3,000 significant works by more than 100 artists including Bill Brandt, Bert Hardy, Daniel Meadows, Jo Spence, Karen Knorr, Anna Fox and Heather Agyepong. It is currently available as a global online resource, and it also has a history of lending to exhibitions outside London. Now, with this new home, regional museums, galleries and photography collectives will also be invited to use the Central London space to present exhibitions and collaborate on talks and events.