Photographing Britain: An evening with Homer Sykes
Tuesday 23rd July, 5pm - 7pm
Wex Photo Video is proud to present An Evening with Homer Sykes. Homer has been documenting Britain for 50 years. A world renowned photographer, Sykes has over 9 books published world-wide and has had exhibitions across the globe. He will discuss his career, the steps he took to achieve such success in the industry and the gear he used along the way.
In 1977 his first book was published Once a Year: Some Traditional British Customs (Gordon Fraser). In 2016 Dewi Lewis Publishing re-published this volume with over 50 'new' images from his archive. In 2018 he published My British Archive: The Way We Were 1968-1983. Craig Atkinson of Café Royal Books has published more than 25 zines of Homer’s work.
Before the turn of the century in those far off and sometimes forgotten analogue days, he worked with and contributed to The John Hillelson Agency in London, Woodfin Camp and Associates in New York, and Viva in Paris.
Early exhibitions included:
- Festivals Customs and Pageants. The ICA, London. 1971 with Sir Benjamin Stone.
- Personal Views 1850–1970. A British Council Touring exhibition, 1972 with Sir Cecil Beaton, Ian Berry, Bill Brandt, George Davidson, Roger Fenton, Bert Hardy, Thurston Hopkins, David Hurn, Paul Martin, Tony Ray-Jones, George Roger, Sir Benjamin Stone, John Thomson and Patrick Ward.
- Four Young Photographers. Photographers Gallery, London. 1972 with Dinah, Chris Killip, Stephen Shore.
More recent exhibitions include:
- Homer Sykes: England 1970- 1980. Maison Robert Doisneau, Paris. 2014.
- My Britain, 1970 - 1980’s - Homer Sykes. Les Douches La Galerie, Paris 2015.
- How We Are: Photographing Britain. Tate Britain. London. 2007.
- James Hyman Gallery and vintage and modern fine art collectors prints by Francoise
Homer has been documenting Britain for 50 years. He stopped shooting commissions some years ago, and now only shoots images that interest him. Mostly he spends too much time managing his extensive archive of around 20 thousand carefully edited, captioned and key worded content rich images.
His principal commissions in Britain during the 1970's - 1980's, were for the ‘weekend colour supplements’, such as The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, You and the Sunday Express magazines. He covered weekly news for Newsweek, Time, and the former Now! Magazine; covering conflicts in Israel, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, as well as weekly news in the UK. He has always worked on personal photographic documentary projects alongside commercial magazine assignments. In the 1970's he started on what has become an ongoing career project documenting traditional British folklore customs and annual events.