About Us

The Hyman Collection presently consists of over three thousand artworks in all media with an emphasis on photography from its earliest days in the nineteenth century through to contemporary conceptual practice.

The collection includes Anya Gallaccio's most famous work, Red on Green, a floor of ten thousand fragrant English tea roses, which has been exhibited across the world; figures by Zhang Huan made from the ash of incense sticks burned in Buddhist Temples; and the original life-size Spitting Image puppets of Margaret Thatcher and her government ministers. However, over the last decade the collection has focused increasingly on photography.

The Hyman Collection seeks to support and promote British photography through acquisitions, loans and education. In 2015 it launched britishphotography.org to provide online access to British photographs in the collection and to use this part of the collection as an educational resource to increase international awareness of British photography. As well as including forms of documentary photography, the collection focuses on artists working in photography who have pursued more subjective or conceptual strategies. The collection has historic as well as contemporary photographs and includes an equal number of works by male and female artists.

We are enormously grateful to all those who have helped with the ongoing task of cataloguing these works and especially everyone who has worked on the creation of this database and website over the last three years. In particular we would like to thank Christin Aucunas, Nicola Baird, Charles Davies, Mary Pelletier, Phil Sorrell, Lucy Wood and Alex Zosman. We are also very grateful to all the artists who have been so supportive and enthusiastic about this project.

Claire and James Hyman, London, 2015

Dr. Claire Hyman

Claire Hyman is a Specialist in Oral Surgery. She qualified in dentistry from Manchester in 1995 and went on to gain her Fellowship in Dentistry at The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1998. In 2000 Claire was accepted as a Specialist in Oral Surgery and is an active member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons. For the past 10 years Claire has worked as an Oral Surgeon for the Royal Free NHS Trust as well as working in private practice. She has a particular interest in photographs of childhood.

Dr. James Hyman

James Hyman is an art historian, art dealer and collector.

James received his doctorate from the Courtauld Institute (University of London) where he then taught in the Modern Department.

His book, The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001) was shortlisted for the W. B. Berger Prize for studies in British Art History. His monograph Derrick Greaves. From Kitchen Sink to Shangri La was published by Lund Humphries in 2007. James is presently preparing a catalogue raisonné on the paintings of "School of London" artist, Michael Andrews. Other publications include essays on Francis Bacon, Tony Bevan, Henri Cartier Bresson, Lucian Freud, Philip Guston, Anselm Kiefer and Leon Kossoff. He has curated major international museum shows on Pablo Picasso and on Twentieth Century British Art, and lectures internationally on painting and photography.

James was Gallery Administrator of the Saatchi Collection (1989-1990); Director of Studies for Modern Art Studies at Christies Education (1994-1997); and Gallery Director of Helly Nahmad Gallery, London (1997-99). He opened James Hyman Gallery in 1999.

James has served as Treasurer on the Executive Board of AICA (The International Association of Art Critics, British Section); as a member of the Executive Committee of SLAD (The Society of London Art Dealers); and is Chairman of the Membership Committee and a board member of AIPAD (The Association of International Photography Art Dealers).

James has also served on the Advisory Boards of The London Art Fair and of 20/21. The British Art Fair and is on the Advisory Committee of Photo London.

James and his wife, Claire, are passionate collectors of photographs from the 1840s to the present. A selection from their collection of twentieth century Modernist works was the subject of a single-owner evening sale at Christies, New York, in 2007. He was a sponsor and judge for the National Media Museum Bursary Fund for Photography and is a Trustee of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.

James is also a prominent supporter of British photography. In 2015 he and Claire, launched www.britishphotography.org as an education resource based on their private collection of British Photographs.

An interview with James about the collection

Dr. Claire Hyman

Dr James Hyman

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