The English Summer Season: An exhibition by Peter Dench
Tuesday 30th April - Sunday 28th June, see store opening times
Wex Photo Video presents a collection of previously unpublished work entitled ‘The English Summer Season’ by renowned British photographer Peter Dench that will be exhibited at the Wex Photo Video Gallery from 30 April to 28 June 2019.
Taken over the last two summers, Dench has captured the spirit of typically English sporting events, such as Henley Royal Regatta, Cartier Polo, Epsom and Royal Ascot, which are now frequented each year by characters from all echelons of society. The humorous work portrays the eccentricities, colourful personalities and outrageous antics of spectators enjoying the generous hospitality on offer.
Peter Dench commented, “The events I’ve portrayed were once the preserve of the rich upper classes, but through the years, have become open to a much broader audience. The rules of society have been rewritten. With this reportage, my intention is to capture the humour, the entertainment and the downright craziness of the scenes I have encountered in a light-hearted but truthful manner.”
Throughout his 20 year career, Peter has become a widely recognised name thanks to his distinctive narrative and documentary photography shot in numerous countries around the world, with a particular focus on the quirks and behaviour of the English at home.
A photographer with over 20 years’ experience, Peter Dench works primarily in the editorial and advertising areas of image making. A keen and astute observer of human nature and in particular some of the quirkier aspects of life, his distinctive, colour reportage style, has guaranteed regular commissions from a range or respected international clients.
Achievements include a World Press Photo Award in the People in the News Stories Category for the reportage, Drinking of England and participation in the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass. Football’s Hidden Story, a FIFA sponsored project comprising 26 stories across 20 different countries documenting the positive impact that football has had at grass root level on individuals and communities across the planet, received six global accolades.
Books include: DENCH DOES DALLAS (2015); The British Abroad (2015) Alcohol & England (2014) and England Uncensored (2012), which was a Pictures of the Year International photography book award finalist. In 2016 he published THE DENCH DOZEN: Great Britons of Photography Vol. 1, intimate, acute and revealing insights into the lives and work of some of British photography’s most colourful characters.
TV credits include What is it to be English? and Brexit Leavers’ Voices Burnley UK for Channel 4 News.