The Hyman Collection. Annual Newsletter 2018

Three years ago we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities.

Since our 2017 newsletter we have continued to acquire pictures by photographers not previously in the collection.These include Heather Agyepong, Hannah Collins, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Eliza Hatch, Marketa Luskacova, Sarah Maple, Polly Penrose, Simon Roberts, Paloma Tendero and Keith Vaughan. We have also increased our existing collections of vintage photographs by Cecil Beaton, John Blakemore, Bill Brandt, John Davies, Fay Godwin, Brian Griffin, Bert Hardy, Paul Hill, Kurt Hutton, Dafydd Jones, John Myers, Mark Power, Chris Shaw and Wolfgang Suschitzky.

The Hyman Collection has donated 125 photographs to The Yale Center for British Art (New Haven, USA). The gift included works by Cecil Beaton, John Blakemore, Jane Bown, Bill Brandt, Caroline Coon, Anna Fox, Anna Fox and Andrew Bruce, Fay Godwin, Bert Hardy, Paul Hill, Colin Jones, Dafydd Jones, Chris Killip, Roger Mayne, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Tony Ray-Jones, Jo Spence, Wolfgang Suschitzky and Homer Sykes.

We remain committed to making the collection publicly accessible and to developing its educational role. As part of this, we are increasing our freely available online content by adding more works to the website and providing more detailed cataloguing. We are also including a growing number of essays on bodies of work and on individual pictures. 

The Yale Center for British Art New Haven, CT staged an exhibition of works from the collection (January-April 2018) comprising photographs gifted to them by The Hyman Collection.
The Hepworth Wakefield (Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017) curated an exhibition of works from the collection, entitled Modern Nature which runs from July 2018 to April 2019.

We are pleased to make the collection visible through loans to museums and institutions. Loans in 2017-18 include: 

Nine works by Heather Agyepong to the exhibition Play It Again: The Art of Remaking at Firstsite, Colchester. 

Vintage photographs by Bill Brandt and Bert Hardy to the Museum of London for their major exhibition, London Nights.

Original Spitting Image puppets to the exhibition Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. Loans of our original Spitting Image puppets.

Exhibition panels, photographs and contact prints by Jo Spence to the international exhibition on gypsies and travellers, Maquinas de Vivir. Flamenco y arquitectura en la ocupación y desocupación de espacios. (Madrid, Barcelona, tour).

Numerous loans to Here We Are, an exhibition celebrating British photography staged by Burberry at Old Sessions House, Clerkenwell Green (and tour to Hong Kong and Paris).

Loans of seventeen works to the exhibition A Green and Pleasant Land: Landscape and the Imagination, 1970-now, at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. (The biggest lender along with The Arts Council of England).

Loan of a rare vintage Paul Nash photograph to Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain at the Hepworth Wakefield, touring to Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, 2018-19

We also have a large number of pictures promised to future museum shows in the United Kingdom, Europe and America.


The Hyman Collection began in 1996 and consists of artworks in all media. Over the last ten years The Hyman Collection has focused on photography from its earliest days to the present.

The Hyman Collection seeks to support and promote British photography through acquisitions, loans, education and philanthropy. In 2015 it launched to provide online access to British photographs from the collection and to use this part of the collection as an educational resource to increase international awareness of British photography. As well as including forms of documentary photography, the collection focuses on artists working in photography who have pursued more subjective or conceptual strategies. The collection has historic as well as contemporary photographs and includes an equal number of works by male and female artists.

Claire and James Hyman

November 27, 2018
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