30 March 2020
Special Fundraising Sale for the NHS
As everyone pulls together I have been thinking what I can do. I feel very helpless. What I have done is put together a selection of photographs from the earliest days of the medium to the present as well as a selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints by Modern British Artists, at reduced prices, and will donate 100% of profits to the NHS. James Hyman, 28 March 2020.
14 February 2020
Announcing a new commission by the Hyman Collection. Heather Agyepong's new series Wish You Were Here.
To celebrate Valentine's Day we are delighted to announce that the Hyman Colection has commissioned a new series of work by Heather Agyepong. Entitled Wish You Were Here, it is inspired by life of the Queen of the Cake Walk, Ada Overton Walker, who was born on this day 140 years ago. The new series will be unveiled shortly.
29 January 2020
Loans to the exhibition Masculinities. Liberation through Photography at the Barbican Art Gallery.
Claire and James Hyman are delighted to loan Anna Fox's important series of works My Mother's Cupboards and My Father's Words to the Barbican exhibition Masculinities. Liberation through Photography. 20 Feb - 17 May 2020.
17 January 2020
Loans to the exhibition Bill Brandt / Henry Moore
Claire and James Hyman are delighted to be major lenders to the pioneering exhibition Bill Brandt/Henry Moore, which opens at Hepworth Wakefield before travelling to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven USA. The 16 vintage photographs from the Hyman Collection include portraits of Henry Moore, famous images of people sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz, London at Night, bomb damage, and poverty in Northern England.
This exhibition explores the parallel and intersecting paths of these two great artists of the 20th century. The exhibition is organised by the Yale Center for British Art in partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield and is accompanied by a major new book published by Yale University Press.
1 January 2020
The Bodleian Library, Oxford receives a gift of 100 pictures from Claire and James Hyman
The Bodleian Library Expands its Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Photographs with a gift from the London-based collectors Claire and James Hyman.
This gift is the second major donation by the Hyman Collection. It follows the gift of 125 photographs to The Yale Center for British Art (New Haven, USA) in 2017.
24 December 2019
The Hyman Collection. British Photography. Annual Update. 2019
Four years ago we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities. These include donations to public institutions, museum loans, new commissions and acquisitions.
15 November 2019
New Acquisitions. Jo Spence. Cinderella
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired a series of rare laminated exhibition panels by Jo Spence as well as the original copy of her thesis "Fairy Tales and Photography... or, another look at Cinderella". Spence's thesis, submitted in June 1982, looked back to the evolution of the Cinderella story, its present incarnations in advertising and in the press - focused on the imagery of the Royal Wedding - and forward to her future practise as an artist. A pivotal document, at one of the crucial moments in Spence's career, this thesis at over 240 pages, is a feast of images and ideas that stand at the heart of Spence's work. The laminated panels, from 1984, build from this engagement with Cinderella and also look forward to the centrality of health issues in her later work.
18 September 2019
New Acquisitions. Helen Sear
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired two of the major works from Helen Sear's solo exhibiiton in the Welsh Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2015.
24 July 2019
New Acquisitions. David Hurn
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired over forty vintage photographs from the 1960s by David Hurn. The photographs including British pictures, including Herne Bay in Kent and Soho in London, as well as from his travel in Europe.
24 June 2019
New Acquisitions. Jim Mortram
The Hyman Collection is pleased to have acquired a special portfolio of works from Jim Mortram's powerful book and exhibition, Small Town Inertia. These photographs present the lives of people in his community near Dereham, a small town in Norfolk. Dereham is no different from thousands of other communities throughout Britain, where increasing numbers of people struggle to survive at a time of welfare cuts and failing health services. Mortram shows the lives of people in his community who, through physical and mental problems and a failing social security system, face isolation and loneliness in their daily lives. His work covers difficult subjects such as disability, addiction and self-harm, but is always with hope and dignity, focusing upon the strength and resilience of the people he photographs. Often the work is accompanied by texts in which the subjects are given a voice.
27 November 2018
The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 03. Autumn 2018
Three years ago we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities.
22 November 2018
Paloma Tendero. New Acquisitions
We are delighted to have acquired a major 12 part self-portrait work by London-based artist Paloma Tendero, as well as a related sculpture.
13 July 2018 to 22 April 2019
Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection, Hepworth Wakefield
We are delighted that the Hepworth Wakefield (Museum of the Year 2017) have curated an exhibition from photographs in the Hyman Collection. "Modern Nature includes around 60 photographs taken since the end of the Second World War, through the beginnings of de-industrialisation, to the present day. It explores the merging of urban and rural landscapes, the rapid expansion of cities and the increasingly intrusive management of the countryside. Rather than present a Romantic dichotomy between the rural and the urban, the exhibition presents a more contemporary sensibility that is frequently situated in the edgelands, the often scruffy margins, in which town blurs countryside."
HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD PRESS RELEASE PDF
22 July to 7 October 2018
Loan to the exhibition Lee Miller and Surrealism is Britain
The Hyman Collection is pleased to lend an extremely rare vintage photograph by Paul Nash to the exhibition Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain at Hepworth Wakefield. This is the first exhibition to explore Miller's involvement with the surrealist circles in Britain in the late 1930s. This exhibition is organised by The Hepworth Wakefield in association with the Fundació Joan Miró. An expanded version of the exhibition will be presented in Barcelona from 31 October 2018 to 20 January 2019 sponsored by the BBVA Foundation.
30 June to 9 September 2018
Loans to the exhibition "Play it Again", Firstsite, Colechester
The Hyman Collection is lending a series of 9 works by Heather Agyepong to the exhibition 'Play It Again: The art of remaking' at Firstsite, Colchester. The programme features 'remade' objects, events and films, produced by artists and the public. The exhibition showcases how history, contemporary culture and our own everyday experiences inspire repetition, remaking and reenactment in different forms.
25 June 2018
Kurt Hutton. New Acquisitions
The Hyman Collection has acquired a major group of over sixty rare vintage prints by Kurt Hutton, one of the most influential photo-journalists of the twentieth century. These vintage photographs include many of his most famous works as well as lesser known images, among them the actual photographs used in his 1947 book, Speaking Likeness, and by Picture Post magazine.
11 May to 11 November 2018
Loans to the exhibition London Nights, Museum of London
The Hyman Collection is loaning vintage photographs by Bill Brandt and Bert Hardy to the Museum of London for their major exhibition, London Nights.
1 March 2018
Heather Agyepong. New Acquisitions
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired Heather Agyepong's complete series Too Many Blackamoors. The work was inspired by a 19th century Carte-de-visite of Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta. Sarah was the West African adopted goddaughter of Queen Victoria who came to live in England at a young age. The images are based on my own personal experiences as a young black woman, dealing with the macro and micro traumas of racism encountered while travelling around European countries. Too Many Blackamoors aims to challenge the 'strong, independent, black female' narrative that can burden and often entrap black women. With Sarah as my template, the project attempts to illustrate the effects of such perceptual limitations whilst exploring my own internal conflicts of falling short from such mainstream ideals.
20 February 2018
Brian Griffin. New Acquisitions
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired an important group of additional vintage prints by Brian Griffin. The works irange from celebrated images from his early publications to an unpublished colour portrait of Damien Hirst.
18 February 2018
Paul Hill. New Acquisitions
We are delighted to have acquired 20 additional works from Paul Hill's important Mobile Objects and White Peak Dark Peak series. These pictures demonstrate the ways in which Hill has developed his works through the use of series, groupings and paired works from the taxonomy of mobile objects, to the reuse of the same viewpoints to record changes in the landscape through the seasons or as a result of the presence of man.
15 February 2018
Chris Shaw. New Acquisitions
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired additional works by Chris Shaw. These pictures focus on two of his most important series, Life as a Night Porter and Weeds of Wallasey.
8 February 2018
John Blakemore. New acquisitions
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired a major group of additional works by John Blakemore, one of the greatest nature photographers and printers in the history of British photography. This group includes some of the largest and most beautiful photographs Blakemore has ever printed. These photographs include variations of the same image to understand better the photographer's process, including the use of selenium and gold toning.
1 February 2018
Bill Brandt. New Acquisitions from MoMA, New York
The Hyman Collection has acquired several over-sized exhibition prints by Bill Brandt de-accessioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired in 1969 by MoMA for their important Bill Brandt exhibition that year, these stark blacks and white prints exemplify Brandt's preferred printing style of the late 1960s onwards. Their exceptional size is rarely matched elsewhere in Brandt's career. The exhibition was a crucial moment in the artist's career, consolidating his international staure.
16 January 2018
Yale Center for British Art. Major Gift from Claire and James Hyman
NEW HAVEN, CT (January 16, 2018)-The Yale Center for British Art has expanded its collection of photographs through a generous gift of 125 works from the London-based collectors Claire and James Hyman.
YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART PRESS RELEASE PDF
14 December 2017
Simon Roberts. New Acquisitions
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired the boxed set edition of Simon Robert's complete series of Merrie Albion. For over a decade, Simon Roberts has photographed events and places across Britain that have drawn people together in public, reflecting on the nature of our shared histories and communal experiences. Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island brings together iconic images and many previously unpublished photographs, recording social practices and customs linked to the British landscape, as well as some of the economic and political theatre that has helped define recent history.
18 November 2017 to 3 April 2018
Loans to the exhibition Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
The Hyman Collection is delighted to be one of the main lenders to the exhibition Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics. We are lending many of our original Spitting Image puppets.
5 November 2017
Bill Brandt - additional acquisitions
The Hyman Collection is delighted to announce a major acquisition of an important group of twenty three vintage photographs by Bill Brandt from the photographer's estate.
Added to the vintage Brandt's already in the collection, the Hyman Collection now has one of the most important private collections of Brandt in the world.
19 October 2017 to 4 February 2018
Loans to the exhibition Máquinas de Vivir. Flamenco y arquitectura en la ocupación y desocupación de espacios.
We are delighted to be lending a large group of works by Jo Spence from her gypsies and travellers series to the substantial international exhibition on the subject Máquinas de Vivir. Flamenco y arquitectura en la ocupación y desocupación de espacios. The exhibition explores the depiction and imaging of gypsies and travellers. (Madrid, Barcelona, tour)
18 September to 1 October 2017
Loans - Here We Are. An exhibition to celebrate the Burberry September collection, Old Sessions House, Clerkenwell Green
The Hyman Collection is pleased to be one of the largest lenders to a special exhibition celebrating British photography.
Here We Are celebrates the very best of British photography on the occasion of Burberry's September collection for men and women. When creating this collection Burberry's President and Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey drew inspiration from social portraiture in 20th century British photography - particularly by photographers who have set about documenting the many and varied tribes, clans and classes that make up this island of ours, and the humourous, spirited and eccentric way in which the British dress.
30 August 2017 to 21 January 2018
Museum Loans - A Green and Pleasant Land: Landscape and the imagination, 1970-now,Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
The Hyman Collection is delighted to be the largest lender, after the Arts Council of England, to the exhibition A Green and Pleasant Land: Landscape and the imagination, 1970-now at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.
The Hyman Collection will be lending seventeen works that include photographs by Keith Arnatt, John Blakemore, The Caravan Gallery, Mark Edwards, Anna Fox, Paul Graham, John Myers, Mark Power, Paul Reas, Jo Spence and Puddy Summerfield.
31 May 2017
The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 02. Spring 2017
Two years ago, in Spring 2015, we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource.
Since our first annual update in Spring 2016, we have continued to acquire pictures by photographers not previously in the collection. These include Shirley Baker, Juno Calypso, Maisie Cousins, The Caravan Gallery, Michael Kenna, Peter Mitchell, Paddy Summerfield and Gillian Wearing. We have also increased our existing collections of vintage photographs by Cecil Beaton, John Blakemore, Jane Bown, Bill Brandt, Christina Broom, Mat Collishaw, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Davies, Anna Fox, Fay Godwin, Bert Hardy, Paul Hill, Susan Hiller, E.O. Hoppé, Colin Jones, Dafydd Jones, Neil Libbert, Roger Mayne, Peter Mitchell, Raymond Moore, Graham Smith, Snowdon, Wolfgang Suschitzky and Homer Sykes.
29 May 2017
Peter Mitchell. New Acquisitions
We are delighted to have acquired photographs from one of the pioneers of colour photography, Peter Mitchell. The photographs come from three of his most celebrated bodies of work: A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission, Memento Mori and Some Things Means Every Thing to Somebody.
12 April 2017
Anna Fox. The Moon and a Smile
The Hyman Collection is pleased to have acquired three new photographs by Anna Fox made in response to a commission by the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea. The Moon and a Smile exhibition was based on the contempoary responses of nine photographers to a period in the 1840s and 1850s, when Swansea was at the centre of early experiments in photography worldwide. In particular, the Dillwyn family circle was prolific in the development of photography, especially Mary Dillwyn and John Dillwyn Llewellyn. Commissioned by Glynn Vivian, the nine international artists created new work for the exhibition, alongside a display of 19th century photography.
9 April 2017
The Caravan Gallery - New Acquisitions
We are delighted to have acquire seventy photographs by The Caravan Gallery (Jan Williams & Chris Teasdale) that provide an overview of their peripatetic work over the last fifteen years. These witty pictures explore British society and the selection is loosely structured around a number of themes that include, signs, flags, people and place.
18 March to 18 June 2017
Museum Loans - Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
The Hyman Collection is delighted to be lending around twenty works from the collection, including photographs by Anna Fox, Paul Hill, Paul Reas, Jo Spence and Homer Sykes, to the following exhibition:
Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
Creating the Countryside: 1600-2017
18 March - 18 June 2017
15 November 2016
Read an interview with James Hyman about the future of the collection in the Art Newspaper.
15 October 2016 to 11 March 2017
Museum Loans - Street View, Graves Gallery, Sheffield Museum
We are pleased to be loaning photographs by Colin Jones, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and Paul Reas to the following exhibition:
Graves Gallery, Sheffield Museum
Street View: photographs of Urban Life
15 October 2016 - 11 March 2017
1 November 2016
Bill Brandt. Vintage Prints
The Hyman Collection is delighted to announce a major new acquisition of an important group of twenty seven vintage photographs by Bill Brandt from the photographer's estate. Purchased from Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York, these pictures include famous as well as unknown works, and provide a retrospective survey of Brandt's achievements. They are grouped around the central themes of Brandt's oeuvre and include photographs related to the three seminal books that established his reputation: The English at Home (1936), A Night in London (1938) and Camera in London (1948), as well as wartime photographs of ruined streets and people sheltering in the tunnels of the London Underground; nudes from Perspective of Nudes (1961) and celebrity portraits that include little known images of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon. Added to the vintage Brandt's already in the collection, the Hyman Collection now has one of the most important private collections of Brandt in the world.
29 August 2016 to 1 May 2017
Museum Loans - Arundells, Salisbury
The Hyman Collection is delighted to be lending our life size Spitting Image puppet of former Prime Minister Edward Heath to the following exhibition:
Heath at 100: A Life in Cartoons
30 June to 25 September 2016
Museum Loans - Landskrona Museum, Sweden
The Hyman Collection is delighted to me lending works by Paul Seawright from his celebrated Sectarian Murders series to the following:
Landskrona Museum, Sweden
Landskrona Foto View, Ireland
30 June - 25 September 2016
24 April 2016
The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 01. Spring 2016
A year ago we launched this website to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have acquired additional photographs by Ian Berry, John Blakemore, Jane Bown, Bill Brandt, Mat Collishaw, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Fay Godwin, Bert Hardy, Paul Hill, Susan Hiller, Colin Jones, Dafydd Jones, Chris Killip, Neil Libbert, Daniel Meadows, Paul Nash, Edwin Smith, Jo Spence and Homer Sykes. We have also continued the process of making the collection available on line by adding a significant number of new works to the website.
19 April 2016
Dafydd Jones. Vintage Photographs from the 1980s
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired an important group of fifty vintage photographs of some of Dafydd Jones's most celebrated pictures of high society in the 1980s. Acquired from the photographer, the selection focuses on Jones's celebrated photographs for The Tatler magazine, the collection includes both published and unpublished images.
12 December 2015
Daniel Meadows. Early Photographic Works.
Claire and James Hyman are delighted to have made one of our most significant acquisitions: the entire Daniel Meadows exhibition, Daniel Meadows. Early Photographic Works. Acquired from the photographer, the purchase includes over one hundred and thirty works, including photographs, screen projections and digital films. Many of these photographs were previously included in the 1997 exhibition, Daniel Meadows. National Portraits. Curated by Val Williams Daniel Meadows. Early Photographic Works travelled around Britain from 2011 to 2015, to venues that included The National Media Museum, Bradford ; Ffotogallery, Cardiff ; Library of Birmingham, Birmingham and the LCC Gallery, London. The exhibition was accompanied by a major book published by Photoworks, Daniel Meadows. Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80s.
1 March 2018
John Blakemore. New Acquisitions
We are delighted to have acquired 16 additional photographs by the great landscape and nature photographer, John Blakemore. These acquisitions include variants of the same image to emphasise his brilliance as a darkroom printer and his skills at toning his works.
28 November 2015
Susan Hiller. Midnight
The Hyman Collection is pleased to have acquired five works from Susan Hiller's famous series of Midnight self-portraits based on overpainted photobooth photographs.
25 November 2015
Chris Killip. Isle of Man Portfolio
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired a rare complete portfolio of Chris Killip's Isle of Man, a landmark in the artist's own work and in British photography.
18 September 2015
Watch James Hyman lecture on Collecting Photography. Savoy Hotel. London
Watch collector James Hyman speak about collecting photographs as part of an all day symposium at the Savoy Hotel, London.
Click on image to watch video.
27 May 2015
Boost of British. James Hyman interviewed by Sarah Coleman
Read a new interview with James Hyman about the Hyman Collection and Photo London.
25 May 2015
Quentin Bajac (MoMA, NY) and James Hyman in Conversation. Chaired by Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor).
Listen to Quentin Bajac (MoMA, New York) and James Hyman in Conversation. Chaired by Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor).
Photo London, Somerset House, London, May 2015.
Click on image to listen to conversation.
5 May 2015
Best of British - James Hyman interviewed by the British Journal of Photography
24 April 2015
Spitting - Photographs by Andrew Bruce and Anna Fox
We are delighted to have commissioned Andrew Bruce and Anna Fox to respond to the original Fluck and Law Spitting Image puppets in the Hyman Collection. This extraordinary selection of photographs was premiered to coincide with the 2015 General Election and gained extensive publicitry on TV, Radio and the print media.
1 April 2015
Edwin Smith. Rare Vintage Prints
Claire and James Hyman are pleased to have discovered a very rare group of vintage prints by Edwin Smith, one of the greatest photographers of the monuments and landscapes of Britain.
16 March 2015
Paul Hill. Vintage Photographs
The Hyman Collection is pleased to have acquired a significant group of vintage photographs by Paul Hill. Acquired from the photographer and dating from the late 1960s and the 1970s, these photographs include some of Hill's most well known images as well as previously unpublished and unexhibited works.
16 March 2015
What Makes a Good Photograph? An essay by James Hyman for Photoworks
Listed as one of the top ten articles published by Photoworks in 2015.
15 February 2015
Claire and James Hyman are delighted to launch this new website as an educational resource that reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting and promoting photography in Britain.
1 January 2015
The Thrill of the Chase. James Hyman interviewed by Photomonitor
Read the revised and updated version of an interview with gallerist and collector, James Hyman, that originally appeared in Photomonitor in April 2013.
23 September 2014
New Acquisitions. Photographs from the Jo Spence Memorial Archive
Claire and James Hyman are delighted to announce one of our most significant purchases, a major collection of over one hundred vintage photographs, as well as exhibition panels and hundreds of contact prints, by Jo Spence. The photographs were acquired from the Jo Spence Memorial Archive though Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.
15 September 2014
Jon Tonks. Empire
We are delighted to have purchased from Jon Tonks a selection of large format prints from his celebrated series, Empire, that depicts ouposts of the British Empire.
19 June 2014
Anna Fox. Cockroach Diairies and other stories
As part of our ongoing commitment to British photography we are delighted to have made one of our biggest acquisitions: the entire Anna Fox exhibition, Cockroach Diaries and Other Stories. Curated by Impressions Gallery, this touring exhibition led to Anna Fox's nomination for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize in 2010 and includes many of her most famous bodies of work. We have also acquired from the photographer the entire framed exhibition set of prints from Anna Fox's Resort exhibition of pictures made at Butlins in Bognor Regis which premiered at Pallant House Gallery in 2012.
19 February 2014
Ken Grant. Prints from No Pain Whatsoever
We are pleased to have purchased a complete set of over sixty large format photographs by Ken Grant from his latest book, No Pain Whatsoever. Formally, I love Ken Grants photographs with their tight cropping and intensification of the image, but what really counts for me is their psychological resonance. These are pictures that embody the photographer's respect and his subject's trust.
20 September 2013
Roger Mayne. Vintage Street Life Photographs
Claire and James Hyman are delighted to announce the purchase of a significant group of vintage works by Roger Mayne that includes pictures from his celebrated series depicting street life around Southam Street.
19 September 2013
Colin Jones. Vintage Prints
The Hyman Collection is pleased to have purchased over one hundred vintage prints by Colin Jones. Acquired from a variety of sources, these pictures provide a retrospective over-view of his career from the late 1950s to recent years. They include published and unpublished prints from two of his most celebrated bodies of work, Grafters and The Black House, as well as works from other series that address British society in urban and rural environments.
4 July 2013
Homer Sykes. Vintage Prints from "Once a Year"
Claire and James Hyman are pleased to have purchased a selection of very rare vintage prints from Homer Sykes's celebrated 1970s series on British folk customs, Once a Year. James comments: "I've known and loved these pictures for years. For me growing up in the 1970s what is shown is at once familiar and extraordinary. I had the same haircut and clothes as the jeering boys on the street in Minehead, and remember harvest festivals, country pubs, maypoles and Morris dancing."
15 May 2013
Mark Power. Newly released "Shipping Forecast" prints.
In 2012 the Hyman Collection purchased the complete exhibition set of over thirty large framed prints of Mark Power's most celebrated work, "The Shipping Forecast" and in May 2013 acquired an additional five images which had never previously been made available.
These five additional Shipping Forecast images were selected by Mark Power and printed for the first time to raise funds to celebrate 21 years of the Photography Department at the University of Brighton, where Power teaches. It was wonderful to support this cause and to acquire these additional images for the collection.
11 September 2001
The Battle for Realism: Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War 1945 - 60 (Yale University Press)
The Battle for Realism (Yale University Press) nominated for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.