Modern Nature

The Hepworth Wakefield

13 July 2018 – 22 April 2019

Featuring work by leading photographers, this exhibition explores our evolving relationship with the natural world and how it shapes individuals and communities.

Daniel Meadows, National Portrait (Three Boys and a Pigeon), 1974

For the first time in human history, more people are living in urban environments than in the countryside, yet the impulse to seek out nature remains as strong as ever.

Drawn from the collection of Claire and James Hyman, which comprises more than 3,000 photographs ranging from conceptual compositions to documentary-style works, Modern Nature will include around 60 photographs taken since the end of the Second World War, through the beginnings of de-industrialisation to the present day.

It will explore the merging of urban and rural landscapes, the rapid expansion of cities and the increasingly intrusive management of the countryside.

Artists include Shirley Baker, Bill Brandt, Anna Fox, Chris Killip, Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm
Last Wednesday of every other month, 10am – 9pm

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