Image Credit: John Myers
RPS House 337 Paintworks Bath Road Bristol United Kingdom BS4 3AR
Friday 18 October 2019
18:30 - 20:30
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Admission Fee: £5 / £3 members & concessions
The photographs in The End of Industry were taken between 1981 and 1988 in the Black Country, a part of England that was famous for manufacturing from metal. Changes occurred in the early 1980s that hit metal manufacturing particularly hard. A record number of bankruptcies resulted in high levels of unemployment.
Factories either closed completely or realigned their business model to warehousing and retailing components that had been manufactured overseas. Foundries, forges and steelworks - not easily transformed into industrial units or office space - quickly morphed into housing estates, enterprise zones or retail parks. The change was rapid and irreversible. A landscape that had been formed by the Industrial Revolution disappeared.
Only a handful of the photographs that make up The End of Industry were ever printed in the 1980s. This 160-page book is published in a limited, signed and number edition of 450 copies.
This event forms part of a weekend celebrating the photo book organised by the Martin Parr Foundation and the Royal Photographic Society.
John Myers was born in 1944 and studied Fine Art at Newcastle University under Richard Hamilton. He exhibited at Serpentine 73in London and in the same year was awarded the first Arts Council publishing award to produce Middle England, (1974). In 1975 he was included in British Image 1 (Arts Council of Great Britain).
His portraits, boring photographs, televisions, sub stations and photographs of houses from 1972–1979 were exhibited at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 2011-12 and at Dublin Gallery of Photography in 2014. A touring exhibition of his work The World is Not Beautiful, 1973 – 1981 was shown at: UH Galleries, Hatfield, The Gateway Gallery, Luton and Wolverhampton Art Gallery between December, 2016 and June, 2018.
A one person exhibition of portraits was held at the Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière, Paris, February 13, 2019 to April 6, 2019. A selection of his photographs of industry were included in Foto/Industria, Bologna in October/November, 2017.
The catalogue raisonné of his portraits was published in April, 2018 by RRB Photobooks. Looking at the Overlooked – a survey of his urban photography and the Televisions was published in December, 2018.
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