Research interests

Paul Reas is one of the most significant photographers to emerge from the new wave of British colour documentary of the mid-1980s. He is part of a pioneering generation of photographers, that included Paul Graham, Martin Parr and Anna Fox, who revealed and critiqued British class and culture. Reas has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and his work is held in private and public collections. In addition he has a significant commercial practice that has seen him working for editorial clients such as the Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, The Observer Magazine etc. He has also created a number of award winning advertising campaigns for clients such as V.W, Sony Playstation, Honda, Transport for London and more. In 2014 a major retrospective exhibition of his work opened at Impressions Gallery Bradford before touring nationally. 2014/15 will also see the publication of Reas’ third book, a survey of his 30 year practice, to be published by Gost Books.

Research interests


Over the last thirty years Reas has had a deliberately diverse photographic practice. His work has been published in a variety of sources, from the mainstream international magazines such as the Sunday Times to the artist book. His work has been exhibited internationally at numerous international venues and festivals including Photomonth, Krakow in Poland; Rencontres d’Arles, France; Foto International, Rotterdam; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and The Photographers’ Gallery, London. His work has featured in many major survey exhibitions of photography, including How We Are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain, London (2007) and Who’s Looking at the Family at Barbican (1994). His photographic series I Can Help and Flogging A Dead Horse were both published as monographs by Cornerhouse, and his editorial and commercial work has garnered awards including the Cannes Lion (Gold and Bronze) and D&AD Award (Gold). His work is held in a number of public and private collections and is represented by James Hyman Gallery in London.

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I Can Help. Manchester: Cornerhouse, 1988. ISBN 0-948797-06-1. With a foreword by Rod Jones and a text (“Hey big spender”) by Stuart Cosgrove.
Flogging a Dead Horse: Heritage Culture and Its Role in Post-industrial Britain. Manchester: Cornerhouse, 1993. ISBN 0-948797-52-5. With text by Stuart Cosgrove and an afterword by Val Williams.
Pivot: Sixteen Artists Using Photography in Wales and Philadelphia. Llandudno, Wales: Oriel Mostyn, 1991. ISBN 9780906860168. By Chris Colclough. Catalogue of an exhibition held in Wales and Philadelphia, 15 June – 14 September 1991. Photographs by S Packer, Helen Sear, Paul Reas, Alistair Crawford, C. Colclough, Peter Finnemore, Suzanne Greenslade, Keith Arnatt and others. Texts by Paula Marincola and Susan Beardmore in English and Welsh.
Positive Lives: Responses to HIV. London: Network Photographers; Cassell, 1993. ISBN 0-304-32846-4. Part of the Cassell AIDS Awareness Series. Edited by Stephen Mayes and Lyndall Stein. Reas contributes photographs for a chapter, “Rupert – A Life Story”. Also includes photographic essays from Denis Doran, John Sturrock, Michael Abrahams, Mike Goldwater, Judah Passow, Mark Power, Jenny Matthews, Barry Lewis and Christopher Pillitz, Steve Pyke, Paul Lowe and Gideon Mendel. Foreword by Edmund White. Introduction by Stephen Mayes. Each chapter also includes a written essay.
British Photography,Towards A Bigger Picture.1988 Aperture. ISBN 0-89381341-9
Who’s Looking at the Family? London: Barbican Art Gallery, 1994. Edited by Val Williams, Carol Brown and Brigitte Lardinois. ISBN 0946372322. Accompanying an exhibition.
Documentary Dilemmas: Aspects of British Documentary Photography, 1983–1993. London: British Council, 1994. ISBN 0-86355-232-3. Catalogue of the exhibition, edited by Brett Rogers.
The House in the Middle; Photographs of Interior Design in the Nuclear Age. Brighton: Photoworks, 2004, ISBN 9781903796146. Accompanied an exhibition; also with work by Anne Hardy, Danny Treacy, Dirk Wackerfuss, Jo Broughton, John Kippin, Richard Billingham, and others.
How We Are. Photographing Britain.Tate Publication.2007.ISBN10-1854377140
From Talbot to Fox. 150 Years of British Social Photography. London: James Hyman, 2012. Edition of 50. An overview of British social photography published to accompany an exhibition by James Hyman Photography at The AIPAD Photography Show New York in 2011. Includes photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson, Roger Fenton, Horatio Ross, Julia Margaret Cameron, Thomas Annan, Bill Brandt, Bert Hardy, Roger Mayne, Cecil Beaton, Caroline Coon, Paul Reas, Jem Southam, Ken Grant, Karen Knorr, Anna Fox and others.
The Photographer’s Playbook, 307 Assignments and ideas. 2014 Aperture. ISBN978-1-59711-247-5

Research output

  1. 'Creating The Countryside'

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  2. 'Creating The Countryside': The Rural Idyll 1600-2017

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. 'Street View': Photographs of Urban Life

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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