John Harrison has been making photographs for over 30 years. His photography practice is balanced between a documentary and socially engaged approach, attempting to reflect contemporary issues through photography, whilst involving local people in the direction of his photographic work. Whilst much of John’s photography has been centred on the town of Blackburn, Lancashire, UK – the town he grew up in over 40 years ago – his latest work is situated more broadly in east Lancashire.
John’s photography has been exhibited at several UK and international venues, including; Chapel Gallery (Lancashire, UK); Clitheroe Castle Gallery (Lancashire, UK); Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery (Lancashire, UK); Dalby Forest (North York Moors, UK); Kunstammlung-Neubrandenburg (Mecklenburg, Germany); PRISM Contemporary (Lancashire, UK); St Ethleburga’s (Bishopsgate, London, UK); Millepiani Gallery (Rome, Italy). Photography from recent projects have been exhibited in Rome (2022-2023) as part of the international group exhibition PROGRESS: Contemporary and Future Societies, published in Docu-Magazine’s Best of Documentary and Street Photography (Volume 9) as selected as Editor’s Pick’s for the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2023.
John has presented his photography and research at several UK conferences including; Centre for Doctoral Research Annual Conference (2017); Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (2018); National Festival of Making (2018); The Talbot Collection Conference (2018, link); British Textiles Biennial (2019). John studied at the Newport School of Documentary Photography between 1996-1999 (University of South Wales) and completed a practice-based PhD programme in 2022: John’s supervisors were Dr Carol McKay and Professor Arabella Plouviez at the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland. Links to Instagram and Twitter are provided above.
John’s latest work can also be viewed at the Social Documentary Network: https://socialdocumentary.net/photographer/johnharrison
Photography: Place, Memory and the Indexical. Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Conference, May 2018.
A Visual Wiki: Blackburn’s Places of Significance. The Talbot Photography Collection Conference, February 2018.
Bellwether Portfolio Review. The Crit House. Hosted by Jeff Larason, with Photojournalist Ed Kashi, Glenn Ruga (Social Documentary Network) and Dr John Harrison. September 2022.