Space, Light and Time: Edward Woodman’s iconic images of artists and their work

Cornelia Parker, Words That Define Gravity, 1992.

Photographer Edward Woodman is best known for capturing iconic portraits of artists and their work during the 1980s and 1990s, including Damien Hirst’s seminal exhibition Freeze in 1988.

Space, Light and Time: Edward Woodman, A Retrospective celebrates this remarkable career, which spans six decades, highlighting his deep and longstanding collaborations with artists including: Edward Allington, Phyllida Barlow, Helen Chadwick, Richard Deacon, Anya Gallaccio, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum, Michael Landy, Cornelia Parker, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Wilson, Julia Wood, and many more.

Alongside these acclaimed collaborations, the exhibition also includes rarely seen examples from the British photographer’s early career as a photojournalist, up to his most recent and highly personal works that explore photography’s relationship with memory and illusion.

In 1999, Edward photographed Anya Gallaccio’s All the rest is silence and to coincide with his photographs of this delicate installation being included in the exhibition, Anya has recreated the extraordinary work specifically for John Hansard Gallery. Indigo dye slowly suffuses 7-metres of Chappa silk, suspended in front of the window that overlooks Guildhall Square below. The daylight fixes the indigo dye, echoing the process of analogue photography throughout Woodman’s exhibition of entirely hand-printed photographs.

Space, Light and Time: Edward Woodman, A Retrospective is on view at John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton, from 24 November to 2 February 2019.

Antony Gormley, Case for an Angel II, 1990, in the exhibition ‘Air and Angels’, ITN Building, 200 Gray’s Inn Road, London, 1994.

Antony Gormley, Case for an Angel II, 1990, in the exhibition ‘Air and Angels’, ITN Building, 200 Gray’s Inn Road, London, 1994.

Anya Gallaccio, photographed with Red on Green at the ICA, July 1992.

Anya Gallaccio, photographed with Red on Green at the ICA, July 1992.

Vong Phaophanit, tok tem dean kep kin bo dai (what falls to the ground but can’t be eaten), 1992, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Vong Phaophanit, tok tem dean kep kin bo dai (what falls to the ground but can’t be eaten), 1992, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Cornelia Parker, Thirty Pieces of Silver, 1988 (work in progress).

Cornelia Parker, Thirty Pieces of Silver, 1988 (work in progress).

Julia Wood, Frame Infinite, 1988, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Julia Wood, Frame Infinite, 1988, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Phyllida Barlow, Deep, 1991, Museum of Installation, London.

Phyllida Barlow, Deep, 1991, Museum of Installation, London.

Richard Wilson, standing in the original installation of 20:50, Matt’s Gallery, London, 1987.

Richard Wilson, standing in the original installation of 20:50, Matt’s Gallery, London, 1987.