We meet Blackpool born and bred photographer Henry Iddon to find out about his life behind the camera; chatting about portraits, Hill People and the Golden Mile.
a. don’t think my work is particularly political, it’s more an investigation by me in to something, reflecting a curiosity. I’m not that bothered about doing something that’s already been done ( although I appreciate most things have been !!! ) I like to join the dots, or find a new reason for looking at something , that maybe contains different layers.
a. I’ve always wanted to do a project around sites of international armed conflict in the worlds mountain ranges. So travelling around the world shooting that would be an adventure !
q. Should art be funded?
a. Don’t try to do for a living what people do for a hobby !!!
q. What jobs have you had other than being an artist?
a. Shop Assistant, Briefly Casual Admin Assistant in Civil Service, Lab Technician in a photo lab.
q. How has lockdown affected you and your work?
a. Lockdown has been a chance to take a long look and slowly document the effects on Blackpool, thinks have changed regularly so it’s been important to keep shooting and documenting the familiar as it became strange and unfamiliar, as I cycle regularly I was able to get about and shoot the Fylde in general, also having a Press Pass permitted me to be out and about. I also took the opportunity to look at Blackpool’s hinterland and walk some of the paths and trails that surround Blackpool and look at some of the local history – which has the working title ‘Golden Miles’ and is sort of a side project side project !
Henry Iddon has spent most of his life living in Blackpool, apart from brief stints as a photo lab technician at Warrens Photo Lab in Leeds, and at the Motor Industry Research Association near Nuneaton. He studied Photographic Laboratory Management at Blackpool and Fylde College and an MA Photography at De Montford University, Leicester.
His photographic and lens based practice concerns finding new ways, and reasons, to look at the landscape. While remaining accessible to all, and relevant to the discourse that is contemporary art and culture. He aims to produce work that is multi-layered and that can educate and inform audiences.
His work has been mediated through traditional film techniques across all formats 10x12inch and 4×5 large format; medium format roll film and 35mm; digital stills and film / video moving image capture. Work has been disseminated via wall hung exhibitions, installations and workshops, book works, news print publications, online and through film screenings.
His self motivated work has been shown in exhibitions at such galleries as Centoequatro, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Forum Brixen, Brixen/Bressanone (Italy); Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; The Photographers Gallery, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Stills Gallery, Edinburgh; Oxo Tower, London; Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham and Turton Tower, Bolton.
Henry has received Arts Council funding and has been nominated for the National Media Museum Bursary Award, shortlisted for the And/or Book Awards as well as the Foto8 Best in Show Award. His work is held in collections by ; Kraszna-Krausz Collection, National Media Museum, UK; The North West Film Archive, Manchester Metropolitan University; Scottish National Screen Archive; George Eastman House, Rochester, USA; State Library of New South Wales, Australia; Banff Centre for Mountain Culture, Canada; Centre for Contemporary Photography, University of Arizona, USA; Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.
Show Comments (0)