Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
T +44 (0)20 7494 1550 ~ F +44 (0)20 7287 3733

b. 1959, Northampton, England

One of the most distinctive voices in British contemporary photography, John Riddy has consistently worked in series, using methods and formats that allow for silent and complex descriptions. His work echoes that of the medium’s earliest practitioners, exploiting still images to render the everyday as both factual and transcendent. The particularities of place and the urban environment have been constant subjects, whilst the starting point for many of his series has been the relationship between photography and the history of art and architecture. Typically eclectic examples are the autobiography of John Ruskin, the woodblock prints of Hokusai and the photographs of Gustave le Gray. Choices about format, materials and technique have been intrinsic to each series and the physical and formal qualities of the final print of paramount importance.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2015 Of Things Placed, a two-person exhibition with James Castle at Frith Street Gallery
  • 2015 Sleepless, a group exhibition at Belvedere 21er Haus, Vienna
  • 2015 40 Years/40 Artists, a group exhibition at UMCA: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • 2014 Ruin Lust, a group exhibition at Tate Britain
  • 2013 John Riddy: Palermo, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
  • 2012 a solo exhibition at Cairn Gallery, Scotland
  • 2010 – 2011 Romantics, a group exhibition at Tate Britain
  • 2009 Low Relief: Photographs of London, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
  • 2006 – 2007 Views from Shin-Fuji, a touring solo exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Fokus Foto Kunst Stadforum, Innsbuck
  • 2005 Cloud Images: From Constable to Richter, a group exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
  • 2000 a solo exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, London

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Image of: Peninsula (Ocean View 2) 2015
  • Peninsula (Ocean View 2) 2015 , 2015
  • Archival pigment print
  • 18 x 23 cm
  • Edition of 5