Tom Hunter (artist)
Tom Hunter (born 1965, Bournemouth, UK) is a London-based artist whose medium is photography. He studied at the London College of Printing, and was the first photographer to have a one man show at the National Gallery, London. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society in 2010.
His work has specialised in documenting life in Hackney, depicting local issues and sensationalist news headlines with compositions borrowed from the Old Masters. For instance, his photograph of a squatter, Woman Reading a Possession Order, references Johannes Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window. This photograph won the Kobal Photographic Portrait Award in 1998. Of the photograph, which was shot with a large-format camera and printed in Ilfochrome process, Hunter said:
- "I just wanted to take a picture showing the dignity of squatter life – a piece of propaganda to save my neighbourhood....The great thing is, the picture got a dialogue going with the council – and we managed to save the houses.
In 2010 Hunter screened A Palace for Us, a film he made about the elderly residents of public buildings in Woodberry Down, Manor House, London. Jonathan Jones described it as a 'magical' work of contemporary art that chronicled the postwar ambition to provide housing for the working class.
Hunter has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including Living in Hell and Other Stories at the National Gallery, London; Tableaux Vivants at the Kunsthalle Vienna; Composure at the Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto; and Parallax at Sandronirey Gallery, California. In June 2007 he took part in a group exhibition of work about the E8 area of Hackney by eight contemporary artists.
Among the public collections holding his works are National Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Victoria and Albert Museum, Moderna Museet and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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