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Exhibition: Homer Sykes Once a Year / St Leonards, from 3 May 2021

Homer Sykes (b.1949) is a celebrated British documentary photographer whose work has been widely exhibited including at the Tate, Arnofini and  V&A. His career includes long term personal projects, many based on the customs and traditions of the British. Homer’s early interest in photography started at school and in 1967 he went to study at The London College of Printing.

In the early 1970's Homer started his research into documenting traditional British folklore customs and annual events, which has become the largest long-term project of his career. Homers’ unique survey on British customs is an iconic series which contrasts age old traditions with the modernity of the every day life. He says: "My pictures are about people, what they wear, how they look, how they interact with each other, against a background that sets the scene.".

Once a Year, Some Traditional British Customs was published in 1977 by Gordon Fraser. In 2016 Dewi Lewis Publishing re-published this volume with over 50 'new' images from Homer’s archive. Signed copies, will be for sale at the gallery during the exhibition. Homer Sykes is also the author of of thirteen books about Britain. 

Once A Year - Homer Sykes
3 May 2021-26 June 2021
Lucy Bell Gallery
St Leonards-on-Sea

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