4 October - 2 November 2014

a Photoworks production

Co-Optic & Documentary Photography Group | BPB14

Co-Optic Exhibition© Nigel Green

Uncovering a lost episode in the development of British social documentary photography, this exhibition explores how the Co-Optic group attempted to establish an authentic representation of 1970’s Britain.

By 1974, documentary realism had a special prominence in English television, film and photography. The Co-Optic Group laid claim to combine the new ‘independent photography’ inspired by US examples, with the style and forms of 60’s photo-journalism.

The Co-Optic group included then emerging practitioners Martin Parr, Daniel Meadows, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Nick Hedges, Fay Godwin, Paul Hill, Ron McCormick and Gerry Badger, driven by the organisational skills of fellow photographer and entrepreneur, Stephen Weiss.

This exhibition, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Co-Optic group’s Real Britain postcard project and will be the first public showing of this material from Co-Optic archive. It features original prints donated by the photographers, posters, newsletters and ephemera related to seminars, exhibitions and events organised by Co-Optic, alongside the Real Britain project: a two-part edition of twenty-five photographic postcards.

Curated by David A. Mellor. Presented in partnership with the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. 

This event is accessible to wheelchair users.

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