CREDIT: © Nick Hedges

BOP21 - Nick Hedges - Can history inform the present?

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Nick Hedges with be in conversation with Martin Parr discussing Can history inform the present? Nick Hedges is one of Britain's great photographers and best known for his work undertaken for Shelter, the homeless charity between 1968 and 1972. He has a trilogy of books titled Home, Street and Work being published in 2021-2022 by Bluecoat Press. 

Born in Worcestershire in 1943 Hedges attended the School of Photography at Birmingham College of Art between 1964-1968. He was a photographer and researcher for Shelter, National Campaign for the Homeless between 1968-1972. 

He was a freelance documentary photographer from 1972-1980 working for Mencap, Disability Income Group, Population Countdown, BBC, Penguin Books and New Society, and was commissioned to make an exhibition ‘Problem in the City’ by the Royal Town Planning Institute shown at the ICA in 1976.

Hedges was awarded an Arts Council Fellowship to make a documentary study of working life in factories and steelworks 1976-1978 and the resulting work was exhibited at the Half Moon Gallery and by the British Council in ‘Un certain Art Anglais’ in Paris in 1979. The book Born to Work published in 1982.

He was commissioned by the Side Gallery, Newcastle on Tyne to make a documentary study of the Fishing Industry based around North Shields Fish Quay. 1979. Worked on an exhibition project ‘I’m a Believer’ photographing every different religion in Wolverhampton, 1976-77.

He was a contributor to Camerawork and Ten.8 magazines.

Hedges was Head of Photography, West Midlands College of H.E. and the University of Wolverhampton 1980-2003. His exhibition Make Life Worth Living which revisited his work for Shelter was shown at the Science Museum, London, between 2014-2015. 

Self published a series of documentary books via blurb.co.uk 2012-2020

See: http://www.nickhedgesphotography.co.uk/ 


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Michael Pritchard


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