Martin Jenkinson exhibition

I went down to the Harland Cafe for a drink this afternoon, to see the exhibition that Mark’s put together of Martin Jenkinson’s photography in honour of his life and work. It’s one of Martin’s places, somewhere that photographers have hung out in Sheffield for a while – last time I saw Martin there we talked about video on Lumix cameras as well as the state of the industry. The place and the pictures reflect the passion, humour and humanity that Martin showed. His most well known work, the miners strike confrontation at Orgreave, is here, of course, but there’s some wonderful character studies of political and union leaders from the last three decades – I thought the Mo Mowlam portrait especially is refreshing and surprising, Neil Kinnock perfectly reflecting the man and the time, and Scargill both on the march and being manhandled by the police, images that will always resonate with that moment in history.

Pete Jenkin’s obituary is here. The Guardian’s is here. The Morning Star’s is here. The Just Giving page for Martin, raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer research is here. Even for those of us who only bumped into Martin from time to time, he is a man much missed.

The exhibition is on for at least another month or so (August 2012) – and the cafe is ace, so worth a visit both for coffee and the pictures.


richard hanson :: photographer :: sheffield