Unheralded StoriesTom Hunter
18 May - 14 July 2013
Mission Gallery is very pleased to present the work of Tom Hunter, to coincide with Diffusion, the Cardiff International Photography Festival, organised by Ffotogallery. Unheralded Stories was first shown at Purdy Hicks Gallery, London in 2010. This is the first time that Tom Hunter's work has been shown in Wales.
Tom Hunter is an internationally renowned artist based in London UK. He graduated from the London College of Printing in 1994. His degree show, ‘The Ghetto’, a series of photographs and a model of Tom’s squatted neighbourhood, is now on permanent display in the Museum of London.
He completed his MA at the Royal College of Art where, in 1996, he was awarded the Photography prize by Fuji Film for his series ‘Travellers’. In 1998 ‘Woman Reading a Possession Order’ from his series ‘Persons Unknown’, won the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. In 1999 Tom’s series of the ‘Holly Street’ estate was exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery,London. In 2000 Tom’s ‘Life and Death in Hackney’ series, went on show at White Cube and in 2013 his became part of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection in New York.
In 2006 Tom Hunter became the only artist to have a solo photography show at the National Gallery for his series ‘Living in Hell and Other Stories’, which talked about Hackney and its relationship to its local paper. One work was acquired for their collection and is now on permanent display. He has recently been commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery London, Channel 4, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London and The Royal Shakespeare company all exhibiting exhibitions of new works both film and photography. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in several major solo and group shows.
He has published four books; Tom Hunter (Hatje Cantz, 2003), which won the John Kobal photographic book award in 2004, Tom Hunter (DA2 Domus Artium, 2004), Tom Hunter: Living in Hell and Other Stories (National Gallery London, 2005), The Way Home (Hatje Cantz 2012). He has earned several awards during his career, most recently an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London(2011), for his work documenting the lives of the people of East London, and highlighting the issues facing them and their communities. He was awarded Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2010.
Tom Hunter lives in East London and his work is often particular, but not exclusive, to his community and neighbourhood. He is a Professor of Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.