Jo Spence

The Hyman Collection has one of the largest collections in the world of works by Jo Spence. It comprises several hundred items that include contact prints, contact sheets, photographs, exhibition prints, laminated panels, albums and even Spence's own copy of her unpublished thesis on fairytales.Jo S ....

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15 October 2020

Exhibition for the Arnolfini Bristol: Jo Spence. From Fairytales to Phototherapy. Photographs from the Hyman Collection.

Arnolfini present a major retrospective of the work of photographer Jo Spence (1934 - 1992), drawn from The Hyman Collection, one of the most comprehensive collections of Spence's works in the world.

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Jo Spence. Fairy Tales and Photography... or, another look at Cinderella (1981-84)

On the 29th of July 1981 the world watched the fairy-tale wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. In the months that followed Jo Spence worked as a mature student on her thesis for her BA degree at the Polytechnic of Central London. Entitled "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.
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Jo Spence. Photo therapy collaborations. (1984-90)

The Hyman Collection has one of the most comprehensve groups of Jo Spence's celebrated photo therapy works in the world. These works, characteristically made with the assistance of a collaborator, are often muli-part and reveal Spence's performative side as she enacts events, roles and traumas.

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Jo Spence. From Fairytales to Phototherapy (Arnolfini, 2020-21)

Jo Spence : From Fairytales to Phototherapy
Photographs from the Hyman Collection
4 December 2020 - 20 June 2021

Drawn from one of the most comprehensive collections of Jo Spence's works in the world, From Fairytales to Phototherapy focuses on the intersection between arts, health and wellbeing, celebrating her work as a photo therapist in which she used photography as a medium to address personal trauma, reflecting on key moments in her past. Photo-therapy, especially the type of re-enactment therapy that is at the heart of Spence's practice, is essentially a collaborative process and the exhibition presents works made by Spence in collaboration with Terry Dennett, Rosy Martin, David Roberts, Dr Tim Sheard and Valerie Walkerdine.

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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.

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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.

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Jo Spence. Opening Up the Family Album (1988-89)

In August 1988 Channel 4 television in the UK broadcast a four part series entitled "Opening Up the Family Album". Presented by Jo Spence and based on her research, the series looked at what lies hidden behind the formulaic images of the family album. Instead of playing happy families at birthdays, weddings and christenings, Spence looks deeper at the everyday life from the mundane to stress, illness, trauma and grief. What lay behind the conventional images presented by stereotypical family albums preoccupied Spence both as a writer and a photographer and led her to reinvent the family album through combining word and image in her artist's scrapbooks.

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29 October 2020

Announcing a major new publication on Jo Spence

RRB Photobooks and The Hyman Collection are pleased to present Fairy Tales and Photography, or, Another look at Cinderella, a facsimile of the unpublished thesis by Jo Spence, accompanied by new essays by Frances Hatherley and Marina Warner.

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Jo Spence

Photo therapy: Father work

Vintage C-type print

15 x 10 cms (5.90 x 3.93 ins)

c.1985

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Jo Spence

Photo therapy: Deconstructing Glamour

Vintage C-type print

15 x 20 cms (5.90 x 7.86 ins)

c.1988

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Jo Spence

Photo therapy: Service (1)

Vintage C-type print

15 x 10 cms (5.90 x 3.93 ins)

1989

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