Don’t Take Boring Pictures: Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr at the Walker Art Gallery

Images by Ryan Garry

An exhibition exploring the lasting influence of Tony Ray-Jones on the development of British photography, was the perfect opportunity for photographer Ryan Gerry to start documenting LOOK/15.

Over 100 images, many selected by photographer Martin Parr, reflect English customs and identity, as well as Ray-Jones’ innovative approach to photography. “Don’t take boring pictures” was a self-imposed rule Tony Ray-Jones lived by throughout his short career, and his images were a startling departure from anything else being produced at the time.

In 1970, Martin Parr, a photography student at Manchester Polytechnic, was introduced to Ray-Jones. Struck by the ground-breaking images, Parr went on to produce The Non-Conformists, shot in black and white in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding Calder Valley, a selection of which are also on display.

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Find out more about the exhibition here