Paddy Summerfield

PADDY SUMMERFIELD was born in Derby in 1947 and has lived and worked as a photographer in Oxford all his life. He trained at Guildford School of Art in the Photography and the Film departments. He gained acclaim early on when photographs that he took in 1967, when still a first year student, were published in the celebrated journal Album, and early spreads in the prestigious Creative Camera also gained him recognition. Summerfield first exhibited in London in the late 1960s, and his work has been shown at many galleries, including the ICA, The Barbican, The Serpentine Gallery, and The Photographers' Gallery.
Despite being one of the most emotionally powerful photographers in Britain, Summerfield's work is less well known than it should be. However, recent publications are beginning to give Summerfield the reputation and staus that his work deserves. In 2014, Dewi Lewis published Summerfield's book Mother And Father, which was selected by Sean O'Hagan of The Observer as one of the Top Ten Photobooks of 2014, and by Kassel Photobooks as one of their Top Thirty 2014-2015. The Oxford Pictures 1968-1980 was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2016 and his next book, Empty Days, promises to be one of his strongest.


Exhibitions
1967
Like It Is, Dixon's Photographic Gallery, Oxford St. London (Group)

1971
As It Was, St Edmund Hall, Oxford (Solo)

1971
Young Contemporaries I, Creative Camera Travelling Exhibition reviewed in BJP Feb 1971 (Group)

1972
Young Contemporaries II, Creative Camera Travelling Exhibition (Group)

1973
Serpentine Photography '73, Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park, London (curator: Pete Turner) (Group)

1974
CO-OPTIC Real Britain (With: Martin Parr/ C Steele-Perkins/ Pete Turner/ Nick Hedges (Group))

1975
Young British Photographers (including Griffin/ Steele-Perkins etc), Modern Art Oxford, Photographers' Gallery London, then travelling UK, Europe, USA (Group)
1975
International Photography, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Group)

1975
Warwick Open Invitational Exhibition The Warwick Gallery, Warwick (Group)

1976
Beneath The Dreaming Spires. Photographs of Oxford, Museum of Modern Art Oxford (Solo)
1976
Invitational (Group) Show (Arts Council grant), Fylde Arts Association, Blackpool, then travelling (Group)

1976
Previous Exhibitors, Serpentine Gallery, London (Group)

1977
Singular Realities, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford + Side Gallery Newcastle (Group)

1977
Concerning Photography, Photographers' Gallery (Group)

1982
The Third Meaning, Museum of Modern Art,Oxford (Group)

1982
Under The Arches, Stedelijk Museum, Laenhal, Leiden (Group)

1984
Sequences, Cambridge Darkroom (Group)

1986
Sixteen Studios, Museum of Modern Art,Oxford (Group)

1987
The Bradford Challenge, Museum of Photography Bradford (Group)

1988
Death, Cambridge Darkroom (Group)

1988
Time, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (Group)

1989
Through the Looking Glass, Barbican, London (Group)

1989
Sun Life Photography Awards, Museum Of Photography Bradford (Group)

1992
Retrospective Ruskin School of Art (Solo)

2004
English Eyes (curated Peter Hamilton) Leica Gallery, New York (Group)

2005
Empty Days Ovada, Oxford (Solo)

Publications
Album issue no. 2 1970
Creative Camera, April 1970 (Young Contemporaries feature)
Creative Camera, Jan 1971 (front cover)
British Journal of Photography, Feb 1971 Young Contemporaries (review Front cover)
Creative Camera, April 1974 (front cover picture)
Creative Camera Issue 138, Dec 1975
BJP, June 1976, extended review of the Oxford pictures by Gerry Badger
AG Issue 29, 2002, Mother And Father images & essay

Books
The Family 2005 Phaidon
Mother &Father 2014 Dewi Lewis Publishing
The Oxford Pictures 2016Dewi Lewis Publishing

https://www.lensculture.com/paddy-summerfield/projects
http://www.dazeddigital.com/photography/article/28579/1/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human

Work by Paddy Summerfield is held in the V&A collection & the Arts Council

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