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Brimham Rocks by Joe Cornish

23 June to 31 August 2021

Currently on display in the Galleries are a selection of photographs of Brimham Rocks by Joe Cornish.

Joe was commissioned by the National Trust to photograph the Brimham Rocks site for its 50 year anniversary. Drawn to Rock is on display at National Trust Brimham Rocks Visitor Centre until November 2021.

In celebration of the National Trust exhibition, we are also dsiplaying a selection of additional images here at the Joe Cornish Galleries until 31 August.

Made over the winter and spring of 2019/2020, some photographs were shot in the harsh and difficult conditions of snowstorms and others at night enabling Joe to experiment with portable lighting. Joe also did some post-production work on a selection of images to suggest geological time which over eons and combined with the weather, created these marvellous rock formations.

The exhibition can be viewed during our current opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday 9am - 4pm

The framed exhibition prints are all available to purchase and a listing can be viewed here:

Brimham Rocks prints by Joe Cornish

Please note that larger and smaller print sizes are also available, contact the gallery for details.

Sentinels, Night by Joe Cornish

iPhone prints: by Joe Cornish

March 2018 - permanent display

In the visual arts, practice and preparation are essential. In sculpture that means making a maquette. In painting, the process is characterised by drawing or sketching, whether with pencil, charcoal or watercolour. Eventually the process leads to a definitive piece, perhaps a bronze sculpture, or a major easel painting, incorporating many of the ideas explored in preparation.

Perhaps photographers have always practised too...by making photographs. The evidence for this is preserved in the rolls of film and contact sheets of famous photographers. We see many 'almost-but-not-quite-moments', but there is one where everything seems to come together. The definitive exposure's special status is then reinforced through the interpretation of the printing process, which becomes the finished work.

Over the last four years or so my sketching process has been done with a smart phone. These remarkable hand-held super computers make more sense than a digital compact because they are almost always with us. The screens are far larger and brighter than a digital compact. and finally, the phone manufacturers have revolutionised the technology, so that their native jpeg image output is more appealing than that of a conventional camera.

The exhibition aims to acknowledge the value and significance of the smartphone, at least as it relates to my creative process. We enjoy and appreciate sketches, drawings and cartoons of artists from history, so I feel it is only fair to ask, in the context of contemporary stills photography, has the phone now become the sketchpad and notebook of our time?

Joe Cornish (March 2018).

Rock legends: by Paul Berriff

February 2018 - ongoing

We continue to have a selection of Paul Berriff's black & white portraits of pop and rock legends on exhibition. Photographs on display include The Beatles, Marianne Faithful, Jimi Hendrix and more. Made by a teenage Paul Berriff in Yorkshire in the early to mid 1960's at the start of his long and successful career in photography, film & TV.