Adam Murray is an lecturer, photographer and curator whose practice and research is rooted in photography and the fashion image. He is co-founder of photography collective Preston is my Paris, with work held in the Tate Library, featured in The Photobook: A History Vol 3 and exhibited internationally. Murray has collaborated with SHOWstudio and lectured at the V&A, Tate Britain, The Photographers' Gallery and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Most recently he co-curated North: Identity, Photography, Fashion with Lou Stoppard at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. The exhibition explores the way the North of England is depicted, constructed and celebrated in selected photographs, artworks and fashion collections. The show brings together collective visions of the North, unpicking themes that regularly appear in design and media. It then toured to Somerset House, London with the title North: Fashioning Identity.
‘The skill will be in learning to look beneath the clichés and habits of imagination that lie at the heart of these myths.’ Motivated by questioning existing depictions of the North of England in fashion imagery, SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard and Manchester-based academic Adam Murray unite to unpick Northern identity, the effect of geographic space on creative output and the importance of place.
North has resulted in four outputs to date; Online Project Archive on SHOWstudio, Exhibition at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Exhibition at Somerset House, London and a Book published by Somerset House.
Preston is my Paris
Adam Murray and Robert Parkinson began Preston is my Paris in July 2009 as a photocopied zine with the intention of encouraging the exploration of Preston as a subject for creative practice. It is now a multi-faceted project rooted in photography that includes publications, site-specific installations, live events, digital applications, education and writing. Work is held in the Tate Library, Fotomuseum Winterthur Collection, Artists’ Books Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan Unviersity and Special Collections at London College of Communication.
TENT was an organisation based in Greater Manchester that aimed to provide a platform for contemporary photographic practice, explore the way photography is presented and to develop public engagement with the medium. TENT was founded by Adam Murray and Oliver Whitehead and worked with a diverse range of practitioners, institutions and audiences within the region. Free, public workshops were staged with photographers and academics including; Bjarne Bare, Gary Bratchford, Jason Evans and Tom Lovelace.
The Accumulation of Things
Bonington Gallery, 27/9/2018 - 27/10/2018
The Accumulation of Things brings together seven artists whose work deals with shared interests of experience, circumstance and the familiar. Personal histories both real and imagined are examined through painting, photography and sculpture.
Everything Is About To Happen
Corvi-Mora, 14/3/2014 - 26/4/2014
The Library Vaccine
Artists Space, New York, 25/9/2014 - 16/11/2014
The Library Vaccine presents a number of discrete collections of books in order to sample art's distinctive relationship to the book form in its singularity, and in its states of reproduction, distribution and accumulation. The exhibition addresses the book as a particular technology, and in its collective state of the private collection, reading room or library, as a social machine - registering social and personal histories, and articulating structures of knowledge and value through the relations between its parts.
Copeland Book Market
Bold Tendencies, London, 18/7/2013 - 21/7/2013
An art book market in a unique location celebrating the diversity of independent publishing. Including an events programme of talks, screenings and performances, the Copeland Book Market offers publishers and artists an opportunity to showcase the best of their recent work.
Four Versions of Three Routes
Brighton Photo Biennial 2012
An original body of work produced for BPB12 by the collective Preston is my Paris, directed by Adam Murray with photographers Jamie Hawkesworth, Robert Parkinson, Theo Simpson, and graphic designer Ben Mclaughlin. Four Versions of Three Routes explores possible constituency reformation in Brighton. Photographs taken and displayed along the debated constituency borders question how electoral districts are decided and how change might affect residents. Follow the routes to discover over 40 site-specific street posters. The routes can be found in a specially produced pamphlet available at all BPB12 venues.
Internet Publications and Articles
Murray, A., 2018. The Accumulation of Things, Bonington Gallery, 27/9/2018 - 27/10/2018.
Murray, AS., Stoppard, L., 2017. North: Fashioning Identity, Somerset House, 8/11/2017 - 4/2/2018.
Murray, A., 2017. Preston Street Style, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, 16/9/2017.
Murray, AS., Stoppard, L., 2017. North: Identity, Photography, Fashion, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 5/1/2017.
Murray, AS., 2016. Future Ruins, Naughton Gallery, 18/8/2016 - 2/10/2016.
Murray, AS., 2014. The Library Vaccine, Artists Space, New York, 25/9/2014 - 16/11/2014.
Murray, AS., 2014. Don't Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next, FOAM, Amsterdam, 11/7/2014 - 7/9/2014.
Murray, A., 2014. Everything Is About To Happen, Corvi-Mora, 14/3/2014 - 26/4/2014.
Murray, A., 2013. Copeland Book Market, Bold Tendencies, London, 18/7/2013 - 21/7/2013.
Murray, AS., Simpson, T., Hawkesworth, J., Parkinson, R., McLaughlin, B., 2012. Four Versions of Three Routes, Brighton Photo Biennial 2012, 6/10/2012.
Murray, A., Parkinson, R., 2019. 'Preston is my Paris 2009-2019', Dashwood Books.
Murray, AS., Stoppard, L., 2017. 'North: Fashioning Identity', Somerset House.
Murray, A., 2015. 'North: Volume One', University of Central Lancashire.
Murray, AS., Simpson, T., 2012. 'Road and Rail Links Between Sheffield and Manchester', Self Published.
Murray, AS., Smyth, D., 2016. 'Preston, Paris, Process'. In MuseumsEtc: 10 Must Reads Contemporary Photography, MuseumsEtc.
Murray, AS., 2014. 'Preston is my Paris ou l'interpretation de l'ordinaire'. In Developments in the field of the Artist's Book since 1980 in France and the United Kingdom, PU Saint-Etienne.
Murray, AS., Smyth, D., 2012. 'PPP: Preston, Paris, Process'. In Photography and the Artist's Book.
Murray, AS., 2011. 'On Instruments for Engagement'. In Archizines, Bedford Press.
Stoppard, L., Hindle, K., Smith, H., Green, A., Kenny, M., 2016. 'North'.
Murray, AS., 2012. 'The Poetic Archive: Photography, Everyday Life and the Tactic of Self-Publishing', The Blue Notebook: a new journal for artists' books, 6 (2), pp. 26-34.
Non-Peer Reviewed Articles
Murray, AS., 2017. 'The International Style', Aperture -New York-, 228, pp. 94-99.
Murray, AS., 2016. 'Spare Time, 1939: Humphrey Jennings', Photoworks Annual, 23, pp. 8-9.
Murray, AS., 2015. 'Derek Ridgers' Subcultures', Doingbird, 18, pp. 190-215.
Murray, AS., Simpson, T., 2016. 'The North As Genre', The Northern Light: Landscape Photography and Evocations of the North, Sheffield Hallam University, 4/7/2016 - 5/7/2016.
Murray, AS., 2012. 'Interpreting the Ordinary', Actualite du livre d’artiste depuis 1980, Universite Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France, 28/9/2012 - 29/9/2012.
Murray, AS., 2012. 'Preston is my Paris', 5th International Fotobook Festival, Le Bal, Paris, 20/4/2012 - 22/4/2012.
Murray, AS., Smyth, D., 2011. 'The Poetic Archive: Photography, Everyday Life and the Tactic of Self Publishing', Photography and the Artist’s Book Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, 21/10/2011 - 21/10/2011.
Murray, AS., 2009. 'The Constructed North: The Depiction of Northern England in Contemporary Fashion Photography', Northernness: Ideas and Images of the North in Visual Culture, Northumbria University, UK, 25/6/2009 - 27/6/2009.
Murray, AS., 2009. 'Why the cafe/pub remains an important subject of focus for image makers working in social documentary', Recording Leisure Lives: Sports, Games and Pastimes in 20th Century Britain, University of Bolton, 7/4/2009 - 7/4/2009.