02 Jul

Artist: Tony Kemplen

Exhibition Launch: Friday 25 June 2021, 5-8pm

Exhibition Dates: 25 June – July 17 2021

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday, 11am-5pm


About the Exhibition

Tony Kemplen has been collecting cameras for over 50 years and in 2010 he decided to use them. For a decade, he has used a different film camera each week of the year – 522 cameras in 10 years. 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks comprises a selection of these photographs and the corresponding cameras used to make them. The collection represents a wide range of cameras, techniques and subjects, and Kemplen’s approach to image-making is every bit as important as the technical aspects of the project.

The cameras range in age from 10 to 100 years and in size from a large format Thornton Pickard Reflex down to a Minox sub-miniature spy camera. There are well known models which many visitors will have used as well as some esoteric cameras which they are unlikely to have seen before. Since 2011, Kemplen has also written a monthly column about the project for Amateur Photographer Magazine and a selection of these periodicals will be available to read in the space. Overall, this exhibition aims to bridge the gap between contemporary art and amateur photography.


About the Artist – Tony Kemplen

Tony Kemplen has exhibited work in Babel at Ikon Gallery in 1999; Encyclopaedia Mundi in 2003 – an ambitious touring project shown in Leeds, Derby and Lancaster, which came to QUAD’s predecessor Q Arts; created work for Futuresonic, the Sheffield Pavilion at Istanbul Biennale in 2009 and for other festivals; and created and exhibited work as part of ‘utk’, a collaboration with three other artists. He has also made a large number of artists’ books, many of them now in national collections.


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