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AN EYE FOR LIFE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN FERGUSON

AN EYE FOR LIFE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN FERGUSON

29 June 2024 - 27 April 2025

Christchurch Mansion

Open Tuesday-Sunday

Free

29 June 2024 - 27 April 2025

Christchurch Mansion

Open Tuesdays-Sundays

Free

From Bowie to Banger Racing, this new exhibition is a celebration of John Ferguson’s photographic career through the themes of portraiture, identity and home. John Ferguson is an internationally established documentary, lifestyle, and portrait photographer who lives in Ipswich. His images tell stories, which are approachable, intimate, and unaffected.

It will showcase portrait projects that John has worked on over the years, including Ipswich’s newly acquired Black Suffolk portraits funded by the Art Fund and The Friends of the Ipswich Museums. The series of 20 photographic portraits creatively explores the concept of home for a diversity of people from the African-Caribbean community who have made Suffolk their home or were born here.

John has worked in over 60 countries and covered a diverse range of photo stories from conflict zones and national disasters to promotional campaigns focusing on poverty, refugees and rural loneliness. He has photographed countless celebrities from Dolly Parton to Beyonce. In 2005, he photographed 50 black British pioneers for the Black Britannia project, which was then collected by the National Portrait Gallery.

This is the first exhibition to explore John’s career and photography projects in Suffolk.

You can also discover more in the Mansion about Ipswich’s historic portrait collection covering 500 years of artists drawing, painting, carving and printing faces.

Admission to the exhibition is FREE.

Christchurch Mansion