Photo|Frome is proud to offer a series of limited-edition monographs in conjunction with each edition of the festival. They will be available for sale at Rook Lane Chapel and the Whittox Gallery bookshop throughout the festival. Online thereafter – depending on availability.
2022 editions shared the work of Danny North, Mary Maynard, Robert Huggins and Tom Hull. 2023 editions showcase Clementine Wilson, Gobinder Jhitta and UK Black Female Photographers.
Volume 1 followed the 2022 festival theme, The Independent Eye. Four monographs start the series, by Danny North, Mary Maynard, Robert Huggins, and Tom Hull.
Each is 21 cm x 13 cm, 48 pages, soft cover, art quality paper, £10. Limited edition of 100 each. Buy all 4 for £35,
Volume 2 followed the 2023 festival theme, Decolonising Environments. Three monographs are the series, by Clementine Wilson, Gobinder Jhitta and UK Black Female Photographers (UKBFTOG).
Each is 21 cm x 13 cm, 48 pages, soft cover, art quality paper, £10. Limited edition of 100 each. Buy all 3 for £25,
COLLECT THE COMPLETE SET OF 7 MONOGRAPHS FOR £55
Tom Hull is a Frome-based photographer, and his work was shown in the 2022 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.
Mary Maynard 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 featured in the 2022 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 Huggins was born in Trinidad and is a roving street portrait photographer living in north-east London. Robert focuses 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 at Photo|Frome 2022 was 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 North exhibited his music photography for the first time at Rook Lane Chapel during Photo|Frome 2022. One the UK’s top music photographers and videographers, his work ranges from studio portraits, album covers, editorial, magazines and live gigs. Danny commented: “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.
Clementine Wilson is a social documentary photographer living in Somerset with her two young sons. 17 years ago, she completed a degree in editorial photography. Whilst on that course she started living with a New Age Traveller community because the cost of living was even then unaffordable. She began a project entitled ‘No Fixed Abode’ which looks at social housing problems in the UK and the people affected, which she continues today.
Clementine has been recording families and individuals living on Traveller sites, scrublands, warehouses, and squats across the country. Some were born into this lifestyle, with Gypsy and Romany heritage, while others have chosen this way of life so they could live communally and retain a sense of freedom. A recurring reason for living this lifestyle was also the cost of living. Her project has since grown across the UK and Europe as she documented horse drawn communities, Irish Traveller and Romany communities and the refugee camps in France and Romania.
Gobinder Jhitta is a Birmingham born professional photographer living in London. In the far north of Columbia, nestled in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, is “the heart of the world”. This is the belief of the Arhuaco peoples, an indigenous group who have lived here for thousands of years. According to their history and cosmology, they, along with their neighbours the Kogi, Wiwa, and Kankuamo peoples (distinct yet related indigenous groups) sprung from this site during the creation of the Earth. As such, they refer to themselves as the Elder Brothers, and to the rest of the world as the Younger Brothers.
Having watched the snow on the peak of their most sacred mountain, since the early 90s they have begun to allow documentation of their home, their lives and their rituals of conservation, in the hope of inspiring their Younger Brothers. Gobinder was eventually given permission to visit the Arhuaco and Kogi groups and capture their way of life. The resulting body of work is titled ‘Xaku‘ (which, in the indigenous language of these peoples, means ‘spirit of the mother’).
UK Black Female Photographers (UKBFTOG) presents ‘Living the Dream‘. This celebrates culture, creativity, and womanhood through the lens of Black female photographers. While continuing to strive for fairness and equality UKBFTOG members also recognise they are their “ancestors’ wildest dreams”. Originally exhibiting images of 51 photographers, this selection of Living the Dream displays various interpretations around the topic identity. The imagemakers acknowledge their perspective can challenge as well as deconstruct socially conditioned biases involving Blackness. With the display, the photographers seek to stimulate next generations and to pay tribute to inspirational women, and supportive men, from past and present.
Shown here is Nurturer by Hasna Tayyar, a British Jamaican/Turkish Cypriot digital and analogue photographer. Hasna’s work highlights her relationships and emotional connections with those around her through documenting her ongoing exploration of her identity and womanhood.