Ludlow in the 1960s
Corridor of Uncertainty

Paul Hill
12:00 Saturday 24 March to 5pm Saturday 21 April 2018, Mon-Fri, 10-5; then a permanent exhibition in the lobby of the gallery.

Paul will talk about his work on Saturday, 5 May 2pm. Please click here to reserve a place.

Ludlow in the 1960s

In the late 1960s Paul visited Ludlow, where he was born and spent much of his childhood, to undertake the first self-initiated project since starting his photographic career in 1965.

Some of the images were part of his first solo exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 1971. This photograph Chipps Furniture Showrooms was used as the poster for that show.

We invite people living in South Shropshire who have photos of Ludlow in the 1960s to bring a few to the gallery where a selection will be made to exhibit alongside Paul's work in the lobby. Please contact Peter Jones, 0330 900 0290, to arrange.

Also, we look forward to local people helping us to identify individuals in these photographs.


Corridor of Uncertainty

This body of work was an instinctive response to the uncertain and new world Paul entered after his wife, Angela’s, death in 2006.

Although there are subtle visual references to his wife’s illness and death, it is more of a four-year metaphorical meditation on loss and pain, despair and hope, beauty and banality, and being in a foreign country without a map, where reactions range from pity to incredulity. Although it is a very personal journey, he believes it has resonances for a wider audience.

Performing for the Camera 

Maria Falconer
12:00 Wednesday 25 April to Friday 22 June, Mon-Fri, 10-5

Maria will talk about her work on Saturday, 5 May 2pm. Please click here to reserve a place.

Maria’s interest in performance is evidenced in both her commercial and personal work, and her background in contemporary dance may explain why she can be found on both sides of the camera.

Commercially, Maria creates promotional imagery for dance companies, and her personal projects draw on drama and metaphor to tackle the darker side of life.

This exhibition has been selected from several personal projects and a range of commercial work where the body and performance play a key role.

Paul Hill and Maria Falconer

12:00 Saturday 23 June to 5pm Saturday 28 July 2018

Paul and Maria will talk about this project on Saturday, 23 June at 2-4pm. Please click here  to reserve a place.

In 2017 Maria and Paul spent 5 weeks in Greece volunteering with refugees and helping out in a very small way with the refugee crisis. Thanks to the support of many generous donations they were able to fund their trip as well as buy essential supplies for refugees while they were there - tents, shoes, gloves and hats, underwear, food, and some cash donations including €500 for emergency relief at the Idomeni camp.

It was a challenging and heartbreaking experience for both of them and, now that they have returned, they want to continue to support the refugees in whatever way they can.

Whilst there, they made a photographic work entitled "ANON", partly as a comment on the status of the refugees, and partly out of respect for individual's privacy and security. 

"ANON" was exhibited at L'Espace Pointes de Vue gallery in Lauzerte, France, and subsequently at the Library of Birmingham. 

About Paul and Maria

– photographer, journalist, author and teacher

Born in 1941 in Ludlow, Paul was one of the original reporters on the Shropshire Star until he became a freelance photographer in 1965. As a photojournalist he worked for the Birmingham Post & Mail, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph Magazine, and the BBC, amongst others.

He became a full-time lecturer in photography at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, in 1974, where he was later appointed head of the Creative Photography course, the forerunner to all current student-centred higher education courses in the medium.

Another notable achievement around this time was the establishment, with his wife, Angela, of ‘The Photographers’ Place’ – the UK’s first residential photography workshop - at their Derbyshire home.

He has exhibited regularly since 1970 throughout the British Isles, Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia, and is author of "Dialogue with Photography" (with Thomas Cooper), "Approaching Photography", "White Peak Dark Peak" and "Corridor of Uncertainty". His work is in the art collections of, amongst others, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford; Arts Council England; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Cleveland Museum of Art in the USA.

A major influence on contemporary British photography, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990 and, four years later, was awarded an MBE by The Queen. Between 1995 and 2010 he was professor of photography at De Montfort University, Leicester, where he set up the MA in Photography course, which was one of the first in Britain. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Fine Art by Derby University in 2011 and by De Montfort University in 2012, and received the RPS Education award in 2016.

"Hill tackles life’s big subjects but his approach is oblique, evocative, always pointing beyond, which is why he moves us. If a camera could capture poetry, this might well be what it would look like."
The Guardian

MARIA FALCONER - commercial photographer / videographer, dance photographer, teacher

Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and holds an MA in Photographic studies. She produces promotional and editorial material for dancers, companies and organisations.

Maria is also a part time lecturer in Photography at De Montfort and Nottingham Trent Universities, and she runs Photography Workshops (including dance photography) around the UK and abroad. She writes articles on performance photography and has been published in Digital Camera Magazine and the Royal Photographic Society Journal. She gives presentations and talks on her own photographic work and on dance photography.

Commercially, Maria's specialty is Dance / Performance Photography - production shots (in theatres or site specific), promotional images (studio or on location), and community dance projects. She has an enormous amount of experience, with clients in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Dundee, and has been working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year since 2006.

Maria's personal photographic projects explore the world around her, often dark, sometimes humourous, always inquisitive. Her photography has been exhibited in the UK, the US, Belgium, Ireland, East Asia and at Arles Photography Festival.

She has worked with many dancers, dance companies and organisations including; Scottish Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Gary Clarke, Thomson Holidays, Dance Base (Scotland's National Centre for Dance), Deda, HP, The Red Consultancy, Derby Theatre, Festival Theatres, Teenage Cancer Trust, Elsevier Publishing, Herbalife UK, Tribal Group, Janice Parker, Rosie Kay, Company Chameleon, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Fishamble, Jose Agudo, Company Chameleon, Denada Dance Theatre, Curious Seed and Shaper/Caper.