Photo|Frome is proud to start a series of limited-edition monographs which will continue through future festivals. These will be released in an edition of 100 and be available for sale at our book fair at Rook Lane Chapel throughout the festival, and online thereafter.
Volume 1 follows this year’s festival theme – The Independent Eye. Four monographs start the series, by Danny North, Mary Maynard, Robert Huggins, and Tom Hull.
Each is roughly A5 sized, 48 pages, soft cover, £20. Limited edition of 100 each.
Tom Hull is a Frome-based local photographer, and his work is being shown in the group show at the Gallery at The Station.
08.20 (Eight Twenty) is a short personal project created every day throughout August 2020, during the Covid pandemic. Beginning locally in Frome, he shot at least 1 image every day, no matter where he was or what he was doing that day. With a bit of travel around the Southwest, the south coast, London, and the Midlands, he hoped the project would become a memory of a highly obscure moment in time, with a look at what it is to be British, or living in Britain.
He reflected on various types of British locations and landscapes, talking to a diverse mix of people living and working in Britain, as well as reference a few of the activities that he got up to with his family.
Having lived and worked in some of the most photogenic places in the world where she hardly ever picked up a camera, Mary settled in Wiltshire and found herself increasingly immersed in the art of photography. She is Frome-based, and her work features in the group show at the Town Hall, staged by Frome Wessex Photographic, of which she is Chair.
Mary is particularly drawn to the sea; favouring sunrise on the west coast where she can catch the softer light of morning breaking on the water. We all know the peculiar pull that a wide expanse of ocean can have, and these images allow us to immerse ourselves in that impulse to be in the presence of an agitated, changing shore. Mary works in all weathers, and this series is a stunning reflection of a fast changing horizon that is, at times, a source of deep peace and at others an unpredictable picture of magnificent rage. In either state, it feels impossible to look away.
Robert is in a solo show at Rook Lane Chapel. He was born in Trinidad and is a roving street portrait photographer living in north-east London. Robert focusses on impromptu street portraits, one of his favourite haunts being the streets of East London.
His subjects are strangers and the process of engaging with them to create the portraits has been its own reward. The exhibition is the first time Robert has shown his work in this way.
Robert’s work has been published in the national press, including several editions of both the renowned Portrait of Britain and Portrait of Humanity.
Danny is exhibiting at Photo|Frome, at Rook Lane Chapel. One the UK’s top music photographers and videographers, his work ranges from studio portraits, album covers, editorial, magazines and live gigs. As Danny comments: ‘The work is a journal across my career, from blagging my way on stage with Oasis on their last ever tour, to standing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury with MUSE. There was a 30 consecutive day shoot for Apple, and the dirtiest dive band gigs you can imagine. It will be the first-ever exhibition of my music photography.’
Danny’s portrait work was selected for the 2017 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, 2018’s Creative Review’s Photography Annual, and the 2019 Portrait of Britain award.