Friday 9th May - Monday 12th May
Private View 9th May 6 30 - 9 30pm with a talk from Jeremy Hunter at 7 30pm
Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery in partnership with Sharon Newton are proud to present Let’s Celebrate 365 an exhibition of work by Jeremy Hunter spanning 35 years of reportage photography, documenting some of the world’s greatest and most ancient cultures and their celebrations. Whether secular, sacred or spiritual one such rite is taking place somewhere in the world on any given day, explaining the exhibition’s title.
Hunter’s photographs are executed with a cinematic appreciation of form, colour and framing shaped by his early career making television commercials working alongside such influential luminaries as Ken Russell, Tony Scott, John Schlesinger, Nick Roeg and Jim Clark.
For Let’s Celebrate 365 Newton has worked with Hunter to select images that present a tour of festivals, celebrations and rituals from around the world including India, Bangladesh, Britain, China, Thailand, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Nagaland, Burma, Peru, Sardinia, Papua New Guinea, North Korea and Tibet.
Throughout his career Hunter has unflinchingly chronicled the plain shocking, and the result is a vast and extraordinary anthropological study which includes the whipping of young women at the Ukuli Bula ceremony in Ethiopia and the rarely witnessed hair-pulling of nuns at the Deeksha ceremony in Southern India.
Let’s Celebrate 365 takes in the ceremonies of such politically imperiled traditions as the Tunisian Berber horsemen’s Hollywood-esque displays; and of such fragile communities as the tribes of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia: an ancient people whose peaceful, pastoral life is seriously threatened by government plans to dam the valley. Hunter’s highlighting of their plight earned him a prestigious UNESCO-HPA (Humanity Photo Award) and he has just returned from another journey to the same area.
Selected previous exhibitions include, Rencontres Photographiques du Genevois, (Geneva), Center for Fine Art Photography, (Colorado) Guildhall, (Grantham), The Quilon, (London), Asia House Gallery, (London), Le Grand Bivouac, (Albertville), Mayor’s Office, (London) Phoenix Square Film and Digital Media Centre, (Leicester), BBC/LOCOG BIG SCREENS, (Uk wide) Royal Scottish Geographical Society, (Perth), The Atlas Gallery, (London), Art-Basel, Paris-Photo, Image Space, (London) Jeremy Hunter contributes to an array of titles including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Bunte, Conde Nast Traveller, Vanity Fair, Stern, Epoca and Wanderlust. His awards include Sunday and Daily Telegraph Travel Photographer of the Year (2001), Association of Photographers Best Single / “Daily Life” (2005), BBC News photographer of the Year “work” Awards (2005), and three UNESCO Awards. In 2006 he became an Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).
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