The Tannery: Photographs by Paul Glendell
The ancient industry of tanning leather using oak bark has been carried out at Hamlyn’s tannery in Colyton for hundreds of years. The firm of J and FJ Baker and Sons Ltd, who now run the tannery, are the only company in Britain that still makes leather in this way. The work is hard, smelly and messy but produces high quality leather for which there is still a flourishing market.
Life and work in the tannery are captured in the black and white photographs of Paul Glendell, reminiscent of James Ravilious's work. Like Ravilious, also inspired by the founding principles of Henry Cartier-Bresson, Paul continues in the fine tradition of social documentary, capturing the moment and the essence of a place with the unassuming Leica camera. In his un-posed photographs, Paul portrays the people and processes involved in an ancient craft, conveying the spirit of the place, the qualities of light, the sense of movement.
Paul is an award winning photo-journalist documenting environmental issues and disappearing cultural history. His work has been published in Time and Life magazines, national newspapers and the BBC. Paul’s commissioned photography work involved extensive travels around Britain, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania and Israel. His work has been exhibited in Britain, France, China, Slovakia and Hungary.
20 March to 23 June 2013
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm Closed Mondays and bank holidays
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