The Guardian once ran a feature headlined ‘Flat, Soulless and Stupid: Why Photographs don’t Work in Art Galleries’. A harsh judgement, you might agree. The writer was contrasting photographs with paintings – Rembrandt and Caravaggio were mentioned. But that isn’t how we look at photographs, is it? Now that we are all photographers, we’ll consider the work a photographer or curator has chosen to display and we’ll reflect: “I could do that (with time, budget, equipment, luck and perhaps a little more talent).” Nobody, surely, ever reacted to a Rembrandt with such bravado.
That’s why it’s always interesting to look at the work of proper photographers. If your team is playing in any of the following towns or cities in the near future, here are some options this autumn:
Bradford The National Science & Media Museum makes Bradford one of the most interesting destinations on the photographer/football fan’s calendar. And there’s always the prospect of an away win. Elsewhere in the city, ‘Studio to Selfie: Portrait Photography’ is at the Bradford Industrial Museum to 3 Nov (during which time the visiting teams are Northampton, Carlisle, Swindon, Manchester City U21, Crawley, Port Vale, Exeter City).
Bristol The ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition runs from 23 Nov to 4 May. The number of teams visiting City or the Gas in that time would run to dozens.
Cardiff ‘Photography Season: August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher and Martin Parr’ 26 Oct-1 Mar. Half the Championship, plus perhaps FA Cup opponents – too many to list, in other words – are in Cardiff between those dates.
Charlton The National Maritime Museum hosts the ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ exhibition from 13 Sep but omits to say when the run ends. See it while you can, Birmingham, Leeds, Swansea fans.
Crystal Palace The Horniman is showing ‘Turn it UP: Jide Odukoya’s Nigeria’ show to 5 Jan. Villa, Wolves, Norwich, Manchester City, Leicester, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Brighton, West Ham are due at Selhurst Park before then.
Grimsby is a hotbed of photography exhibitions this autumn. ‘Grimbarians’ is on to 20 Oct (Scunthorpe, Crewe, Macclesfield, Mansfield, Orient) and the ‘Grimsby Photographic Society Annual Exhibition’ runs to 10 Nov (plus Cheltenham, Leicester City U21).
Hull ‘The Fisherwomen’ exhibition, to 27 Oct, encompasses visits by Wigan, Cardiff, Wednesday, QPR, Derby.
Leyton The walls of the Pie, Mash and Eel place on Leytonstone High Rd are adorned by the ‘London: Photography Exhibition’ to Mar 2020.
Luton ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ is at Stockwood Discovery Centre, 23 Sep-24 Nov (Leicester, Millwall, Bristol City, Forest, Leeds).
Newport ‘Newport Docks Photographic Exhibition’ runs to 23 Nov (West Ham U21, Port Vale, Exeter twice, Carlisle, Scunthorpe, Crawley, Salford, Oldham Athletic).
Northampton The delightful Abingdon Park hosts ‘Photos for all Seasons’ to 24 Nov, during which time Plymouth, Peterborough, Newport, Crawley, Orient, Salford, Cambridge, Crewe, Grimsby will visit the marginally less delightful PTS Academy Stadium.
Norwich The Cathedral hosts Norwich & District Photographic Society’s 103rd annual exhibition between 11-25 Sep; Manchester City are the visitors to Carrow Road on 14 Sep.
Preston ‘Blood, Sweat & Celluloid: Photography in the British Army’ runs to 2 Nov at the Lancashire Infantry Museum. Brentford, Manchester City, Bristol City, Barnsley, Leeds, Blackburn are in town in that time.
Rochdale Followers of Manchester City U21, Lincoln! Don’t delay – ‘Nowrus/New Day’ closes on 21 Sep…
Southend … and it’s only Fleetwood fans who can still catch Leigh on Sea Camera Club’s annual exhibition before 17 Sep.
Tottenham Crystal Palace, Southampton are at Spurs while ‘A Small Plot of Land’ is on at Bruce Castle to 6 Oct.
Wimbledon No exhibitions in particular, but Kingston Museum is always worth a visit for the section devoted to Kingstonian, dipthong enthusiast, Rasputin impersonator and photographic pioneer Eadwearde Muybridge.