Strange and Familiar

Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

Two people looking at large colour photographs of faces

Curated by iconic British photographer Martin Parr, the exhibition considered how international photographers from the 1930s onwards captured the social, cultural & political identity of the UK

From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, the exhibition celebrated the work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand. Bringing together over 250 compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presented a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.

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‘This beautiful show perfectly captures the changing and diverse nature of Britain as well as the evolution of photography‘
Evening Standard
‘One of the most involving and moving exhibitions of the year‘
Time Out
‘A lively, consistently entertaining exhibition, full of great images‘
Daily Telegraph


Listen: Strange & Familiar

Listen to the stories behind five photos from Strange and Familiar with audio from Martin Parr, curator Alona Pardo, author Pamela Roberts plus voices from around the UK.

Photo of Bruce Gilden and Martin Parr on stage

In Conversation: Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden

New York photographer Bruce Gilden talks to Strange and Familiar curator – and personal friend – Martin Parr about his introduction to photography, black and white versus vibrant colour and why we should take a closer look at people in the street...

As Revealed By: Bruce Davidson

In extracts from his photography books from his travels around the UK, Bruce Davidson’s shares his vision of British society, revealing the stark contrasts between city and country life, of the landed gentry and the common people.

Collection: Strange and Familiar

Visit the cities and communities behind the photographs that make up this vibrant portrait of modern Britain in our 'Strange and Familiar' collection featuring audio, photography, interviews and more, inspired by the themes of the exhibition


Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers was shown at Manchester Art Gallery from 25 November 2016–29 May 2017

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