Jim Mortram (born 10 September 1971), also credited as J. A. Mortram, is a British social documentary photographer and writer, based in Dereham, Norfolk. His ongoing project, Small Town Inertia, records the lives of a number of disadvantaged and marginalised people living near to his home, in order to tell stories he believes are under-reported.
Small Town Inertia
Mortram began the Small Town Inertia website in 2006 with the "Market Town" stories. Its name is a reference to the market town of Dereham, where he lives, fifteen miles west of the city of Norwich in Norfolk. Through photography, his writing and the subject's own words, Mortram records the lives of the disadvantaged and marginalised, making repeated visits with a number of people living within three miles of his home. Small Town Inertia tells stories of "isolation, poverty, drug abuse, homelesness, self-harm, mental illness, juvenile crime, and epilepsy", that Mortram believes are otherwise under-reported.
Dave Stelfox wrote in The Guardian that "Mortram's rich, black-and-white images possess a timeless quality that invites easy comparison with the classic documentary work of such British photographers as Chris Steele Perkins, Paul Trevor and Chris Killip."
Publication by Mortram
- Small Town Inertia. Liverpool: Bluecoat. With a poem by Jamie Thrashivoulou, "A Privatised Map of Deprivation", and essays by Paul Mason, "A Memento of the Dark Times", and Lewis K. Bush, "A War of Poverty".
Zines by Mortram
- Electric Tears and All Their Portent. Southport: Café Royal, 2013. Edition of 150 copies.
- Living With Epilepsy. Southport: Café Royal, 2013. Edition of 150 copies.
- Small Town Inertia: Diary Entries. Southport: Café Royal, 2013. Edition of 150 copies. With a short text by George Szirtes.
Publication with contribution by Mortram
- Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained. Oxford: Focal, 2014. By Grant Scott. ISBN 978-0415717540. With contributions from Mortram, Alicia Bruce, Peter Dench, Chris Floyd, and Niall McDiarmid.
- Small Town Inertia, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, January–February 2013.
- Small Town Inertia, part of Photoville, New York City, September 2013.
- Small Town Inertia, Red Light Gallery, Norwich, November 2013.
- Small Town Inertia, Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Liverpool, March 2014.
- Small Town Inertia: Documentary & Portraits by J A Mortram, Camden Image Gallery, Camden, London, August–September 2014.
- Small Town Inertia, Side Gallery, Newscastle, January–March 2019
- 2013: one of twenty photographers credited by the British Journal of Photography as "Ones to Watch" in 2013.
- "About"[better source needed]. Facebook. Accessed 23 April 2017
- Stelfox, Dave (19 February 2014). "'I photograph people who don't have a voice': Jim Mortram's Norfolk portraits". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- Coomes, Phil (27 September 2012). "Jim Mortram's Small Town Inertia". BBC News. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- "Metering masterclass: achieving perfect exposures in different lighting conditions". Amateur Photographer. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- McGuinness, Ross (25 Jul 2012). "Photographer Jim Mortram gives new voice to marginalised in Market Town". Metro (British newspaper). Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- Abraham, Amelia (25 November 2014). "Café Royal Publish Exactly One Great Photobook Every Week". Vice. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "Ones to Watch: Jim Mortram". British Journal of Photography. 160 (7808): 50–51. 2013.
- http://bankstreetarts.com/exhibitions/small-town-inertia-jim-motram/[dead link]
- Gareth (8 January 2013). "Small Town Inertia". Open College of the Arts. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "Small Town Inertia". Photoville. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "Exhibition – Small Town Inertia". Edge Hill University. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "Jim Mortram 28 August 3 September 2014". Camden Image Gallery.[dead link]
- "J A Mortram: Small Town Inertia". Amber Film & Photography Collective. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- "Q&A: JA Mortram on his ten-year project Small Town Inertia". British Journal of Photography. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
- Small Town Inertia website
- Small Town Inertia blog on Tumblr
- Mortram at Documenting Britain
- Small Town Inertia: portraits of a nation in need – gallery of photographs at The Guardian
- What it’s like to live on the fringes of British society: Small Town Intertia – Mortram describes how he works on Small Town Inertia, for Huck magazine, 2014
- Mortram interview with United Nations of Photography, 2016 (16 minute video)