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The Hyman Collection

The Hyman Collection is the private collection of Dr Claire Hyman and Dr James Hyman. They are the most active collectors of British photography in the world.

The Hyman Collection began in 1996 and consists of over 3,000 artworks in all media. Over the last ten years The Hyman Collection has focused on photography from its earliest days to the present.

The Hyman Collection seeks to support and promote British photography in the United Kingdom and Internationally. It supports photography through acquisitions, loans, education and philanthropy.

In 2015 The Hyman Collection launched to provide online access to British photographs in the collection and to use this part of the collection as an educational resource to increase international awareness of British photography.

The Hyman Collection has historic as well as contemporary photographs and includes an equal number of works by male and female artists.

The Hyman Collection champions diversity. It encompasses varied forms of photography and embraces modernist, documentary, feminist and conceptual work.

The Hyman Collection is committed to promoting British photography internationally in order to increase knowledge of British culture.

In 2017 The Hyman Collection donated 125 pictures to the Yale Center for British Art (New Haven, USA) and in 2018 exhibitions of the collection were staged at the Yale Centre for British Art (USA) and the Hepworth Wakefield, England (2017 Art Fund Museum of the Year)

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Three years ago we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities


Since our 2017 newsletter…


Posted on December 10, 2018 at 14:00

New Exhibition: Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection, Hepworth Wakefield

We are delighted that the Hepworth Wakefield (Museum of the Year 2017) have curated an exhibition from photographs in the Hyman Collection.

Hepworth Wakefield Press Release:

'From the deep indigo and black scarlets of the industrial heart we sailed through the unimaginable beauty of unspoiled countryside. These conflicting landscapes really shaped, I think, my…


Posted on July 9, 2018 at 8:00

Yale Center for British Art receives major gift from Claire and James Hyman

The Yale Center for British Art Significantly Expands Its Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Photographs with a Major Gift from the London-based collectors Claire and James Hyman.



Posted on January 17, 2018 at 15:00

The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 02. Spring 2017

Two years ago, in Spring 2015, we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource.

Since our first annual update in Spring 2016, we have continued to acquire pictures by photographers not previously in the collection. These…


Posted on June 19, 2017 at 9:00

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