Polly Penrose

Body Politics. Pictures of Health

The Hyman Collection has many works which address the human body, mental and physical health, mortality and vulnerability.

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Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors looks at the domestic interior in British Photography. It takes as its starting point three of the most important bodies of work by Bill Brandt: his first book, appropriately entitled The English at Home (1935), his documentation of poverty in northern England, and his pioneering domestic nudes. It explores the parametres of these bodies of work: from documentary to fiction, realism to something more surreal. This historical engagement suggests that to understand contemporary depictions of the home there is much to learn in exploring a lineage that extends from Bill Brandt through the crucial years of Picture Post magazine (Kurt Hutton, Burt Hardy) and on to more conceptual strategies since the 1970s. It ends with some of the most important work of recent years, the devasting series, Small Town Inertia, by Jim Mortram.

The photographers include Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Anna Fox, Ken Grant, Bert Hardy, Nick Hedges, Kurt Hutton, Colin Jones, Karen Knorr, Daniel Meadows, Peter Mitchell, Jim Mortram, John Myers, David Moore, Martin Parr, Polly Penrose, Jo Spence.

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Votes for Women

The Hyman Collection consists of an equal number of works by male and female photographers and particularly seeks to support young female phoographers. One theme of the photographs in the collection by women is identity and self-identity. In the centenary year of women getting the vote, this exhibition explores the various roles played by self-portraiture and women's photographs of other women.

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