21 Sept 2013 - 16 Mar 2014
p>The Science Museum might not be the first place you'd think to go for a brilliant new photo exhibition but that's what you'll find at their new airy Media Space. Called Only in England the show is made up of photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. Don't worry if you've never heard of Ray-Jones for he's little known outside of the photography world but once you see his witty, wonderful pictures of life in England from the 1960s (with a definite feel of the 1950s to them), you'll see why he was such an influence on Parr and why it makes sense to pair their photographs together. Indeed it is Parr who made the selection of Ray-Jones' work from the National Media Museum's archive (many of which are unseen) as tragically Ray-Jones died from Leukaemia aged just 30. Whether their subjects are on the beach or in Church, at Ramsgate or Eton Parents Day, both photographers are fascinated with the English sense of identity and character. There's a lot of affection and poignancy in the photographs whilst also a humorous revelation of some of the absurdities of every day life.