Since 1968, Ian Macdonald has consistently photographed the hinterland of his native Cleveland in northern England, printing his work by hand using traditional silver-based processes.
The quiet pictures of people, industry and landscape in this exhibition not only communicate Ian’s strong feelings for his home region, they also convey his great passion for photography as an art form.
"It is the viewing of real photographs, which is singularly important. The actual photographic print, from the negative, as the artist made it is very particular. Each original print though made from one negative is, in fact, unique.”
- Ian Macdonald, extract from a speech for the launch of the Art of Photography Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, September 1989
Ian’s work has been exhibited widely and is held in many public and private art collections from the Victoria and Albert Museum to the Danish Royal Library.