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Degeneration in Photobook show F in Tokyo

Posted in Degeneration by humanendeavour photography on February 21, 2014

We are very excited that our book dummy Degeneration will be featured in the Photobook show F in Tokyo.



Tokyo, Japan

26 March – 13 April 2014
Hosted by 72Gallery

Opening Night
Wednesday 26 March

Events Weekend
Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 March

We are pleased to be collaborating with TIP (Tokyo Institute of Photography) to bring an edition of Photobookshow to Japan.

Following the call for submissions, we’ve selected over 100 photobooks to showcase to a Japanese audience.

Alongside the show, we are organising a variety of events at the venue in collaboration with TIP, Japanese publishing houses, and local photographers. Details of events will be released soon.

Who’s in?

Mateusz Sarello
Matt Colquhoun
Nick Ballon
Christoph Soeder
Pierre Liebaert
Aaron Krach
Jason Larkin
Franziska Klose
Marianne Bjørnmyr
Diana Artus
Yuchen Yang
Andreas Oetker-Kast
Lex Thompson & Oliver McCartney Thompson
Chen Jiagang
Robin Hammond
Zoé Beausire
Christopher Nunn
Jo Metson Scott
Salvatore Santoro
Portrait Salon
Freddy Dewe Mathews
Daan Paans
Stacy Kranitz
Jocelyn Allen
Liana Yang
Andrew Youngson
Enric Montes
Elin Karlsson
Hannah Darabi & Benoit Grimbert
Francisco Paco Carrascosa
Sam Seager
Rich Cutler
Lioba Keuck
Normand Rajotte
Lewis Bush
Lydia Goldblat
Marco van Duyvendijk
Tsutomu Yamagata
Lena Grass
Israel Ariño
Carles Palacio
Irene Serrano
Vitus Saloshanka
Jagoda Wisniewska & Ania Mokrzycka
Gregory Reuben Levitt
Yong Hee Kim
Louie Palu
Mark Purdom
Mike Stott
Andres Medina
Niclas Tilosius
Sanne De Wilde
Erik Schubert
Marja Saleva
Grainne Quinlan
John MacLean
Alys Tomlinson
Martin Seeds
David Adams
Trine Stephensen & Elevine Berge
Gabriele Harhoff
Edward Newton
Gustavo Alemán
Yukihito Kono
Ana Casas Broda
Yukihito Kono
Simona Rota
Katja Stuke
Rick Hekman
Heather McDonough
Lucas Lenci
Oliver Sieber
Jessica Bishopp
Marco Paltrinieri
Mirko Smerdel
Leanne Cunningham
Florian Braakman
Anne-Lena Michel
Philip J Brittan
Tang Ho Lun
Marlous van der Sloot
Piergiorgio Casotti
Bridgette Ashton
Vergílio Ferreira
Julia Mueller
Marco Lachi
Human Endeavour Collective
Sara Rejaie
Johannes Nadeno
James Duncan Clark
Anna Maguire
Carlos Loret de Mola
Dean Hollowood
Michael Fitzsimmons
Roelof Bakker & Jane Wildgoose
Erno-Erik Raitanen
Vlada Krasilnikova
Rasmus Vasli
Pascal Amoyel & Thomas Bouquin
Eva Voutsaki
Zeynep Beler
Jacqueline Butler
Anne Kathrin Schuhmann
Anatomy Projects
Tim Smyth
Save Zine
Paul Gaffney
Laurent Chardon
Deana Kolencikova
Jason Lazarus
Filipe Casaca
The Lost Prairie
Andras Ridovics
Jess Smith
Anne Kathrin Schuhmann


Miniclick Panel Discussion Anise Gallery London. 17th Oct.

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on October 16, 2013

 Richard Chivers will be representing Human Endeavour as part of this Panel Discussion on Thursday the 17th of Oct. Alongside Marc WilsonFergus Heronand Brian David Stevens at the Anise Gallery in Shad Thames (5 mins from London Bridge station) The discussion will be on contemporary landscape photography to coincide with a exhibition of Marc Wilson’s “The Last Stand” project.

Thursday October 17th, 7pm (doors at 6:30pm). Free Entry at Anise Gallery.

We will be talking about how landscape photography has changed, and the constant fascination with this sub genre. 

Richard Chivers
Sainte-Marguerite-sur-mer, Upper Normandy, France. 2012
Marc Wilson
Fergus Heron
Brian David Stevens


‘The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right’

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on May 7, 2013

Human Endeavour have been asked to be involved in a project by Banks Street Arts in Sheffield. The project is to respond to the title of Simon Armitage’s book ‘The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its own right.’ There is going to be an exhibition and publication. The exhibition will run from the 14th of May until the 8th of June atBank Street Arts.

Here are some of Richard Chivers photos for the project.


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‘The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right’

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on May 2, 2013

Human Endeavour have been asked to be involved in a project by Banks Street Arts in Sheffield. The project is to respond to the title of Simon Armitage’s book ‘The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its own right.’ There is going to be an exhibition and publication. The exhibition will run from the 14th of May until the 8th of June atBank Street Arts.

Here are Simon Carruthers photos and text for the exhibition.

At the tail end of 1988 the UK’s burgeoning house music scene was fast outgrowing the small number of clubs experimenting with this new sound. A handful of promoters, initially Genesis, Energy and Sunrise seized on an opportunity and started putting on illegal parties primarily in disused east London warehouses. As the scene began to gain momentum the raves moved to bigger venues outside of London, typically abandoned aircraft hangers and open fields surrounding the M25. These raves became known as the London orbital parties. Within a few months of this first spate of illegal raves the tabloid press were splashing headlines across their front pages deploring the menace of ‘acid house parties’ and inadvertently fueling wider interest in the rave scene.

At their height during the summer of 1989 the London orbital raves regularly attracted in excess of 5 or even 10 thousand ravers. To avoid detection by the authorities, the location of the raves would be kept secret until the last minute, and then announced on pirate radio stations or via information lines detailed on the flyers. Partygoers would congregate in their cars – usually at service stations – and travel in convoy once the rave had been set up and the location revealed. The police would only become aware of the location at the same time as the ravers, and were usually powerless to stop the raves due to being hopelessly outnumbered by partygoers.

Motorway service stations were ideal meeting points for the orbital parties as their locations provided easy access to the motorway system and ample space for hundreds of vehicles to congregate relatively out of sight. The close proximity to trunk roads gave the ravers an advantage when the location of the rave was announced and the race commenced to arrive onsite ahead of the authorities. It was not unheard of for the service station car park itself to become the scene of an impromptu party if the intended rave was delayed or cancelled and scores of partygoers found themselves stranded.

This series is an attempt to evoke the feeling of anticipation and excitement felt during the early months of the rave scene when a hedonistic party in a secret location would, with luck, consume the night ahead.


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‘The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right’

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on April 25, 2013

Human Endeavour have been asked to be involved in a project by Banks Street Arts in Sheffield. The project is to respond to the title of Simon Armitage’s book ‘The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its own right.’ There is going to be an exhibition and publication. The exhibition will run from the 14th of May until the 8th of June at Bank Street Arts.

Bank street arts write about the exhibition:

The title alone of Simon Armitage’s 2011 poetry pamphlet, The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right (published by The Poetry Business) was the inspiration behind and catalyst for this exhibition. Created to coincide with the second Sheffield Poetry Festival, selected photographers were invited to take part as much  for the differences in their approach and style as for any similarities in their work. The resulting exhibition is an eclectic show of contemporary photography in which participants have used the title of Simon’s pamphlet as a point of departure, alongside the work of  others who have more closely referred the content and mood of the original poems. Whilst all involved were aware of who else was taking part and free to communicate with each other, most of the work was undertaken in relative isolation. Photographers taking part are: Si Barber, David Barnes, Andy Brown, Simon Carruthers, Richard Chivers, Andrew Conroy (with the collaboration of Simon Armitage and Ian Baxter for the soundtrack), Alex Currie, Jessa Fairbrother, Sam Mellish, Andrew Robinson, Tribble and Mancenido.

Here are a selection of Alex Curries photos.

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23 Red Lions. Simon Carruthers

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on April 24, 2013

The number of pubs in England is in steep decline. Between 2006 and 2012 an average of 23 pubs permanently closed their doors each and every week. The finger of blame is often pointed at the big supermarkets selling discounted booze, the stalling economy and the smoking ban introduced in England in mid 2007. Property developers and supermarkets have been accused of predatory purchasing especially where high street pubs occupy sizable plots or include car parking space. Tesco alone has recently acquired 130 pub sites, intended for Metro convenience stores. Each of these factors has no doubt had a significant impact on the number of pub closures but there is a lesser-known and potentially more consequential reason for the high numbers of failures.


Half of the pubs in England are operated by PubCos – large property companies who lease pubs out to tenant landlords. PubCos are accused of squeezing profits from landlords by monopolising and overpricing the alcohol they supply to their landlords and charging rents well above market value. Otherwise successful businesses are being forced to close because landlords are unable to draw a living wage whilst PubCos reap the profits.


The reasons may be numerous but the fact is singular: England’s public houses are closing down at an unprecedented rate – during the last decade the overall number has been reduced by 15%. This matters because it is a blow to a fundamental of English culture, but mostly it matters because all too often a pub is the focal point for a community.


23 Red Lions is an England-wide survey of Red Lion pubs that closed down between 2006 and 2012. The series is titled after the most common pub name in England.

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Glasgow Effect. Print Sale Fundraiser. SAT 17th Nov.

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on November 13, 2012

Human Endeavour Collective will be holding a unique print sale as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe closing party this Saturday night to raise funds for continued research and development, and to enable the continuation of the ‘Glasgow Effect’. All the architectural exhibition prints by Richard Chivers and Alex Currie will be for sale as part of unique fundraiser offering people the opportunity to own a unique print, at the same time helping the Human Endeavour Collective move forwards with their research, and enabling the progression of this project in the early stages of its development. All the prints have been beautifully hand printed on Kodak archival paper by local photographic specialists Endframe Photographic. Sized at 24 x 20”, each print will be signed and come with a certificate of authentication. Each print will be unique and will only be available as a one off, and won’t be available as part of a wider edition in this size. Prints will be sold on a first come served basis at £100 per print, however expressions of interest can be emailed to for people not able to make the Brighton Photo Fringe closing party on Saturday night at Phoenix Arts. A full selection of the prints are available to view below. Prints will be available to collect on Monday 19th November, or can be mailed anywhere in the world for a nominal charge to cover the costs of postage and packaging. Please spread the word and thanks for taking the time to read this and participate in Human Endeavour’s activities.

Phoenix Brighton

10-14 Waterloo Place,

Brighton, BN2 9NB

All the Photographs below will be on sale.

Human Endeavour at the Brighton Photo Fringe. Glasgow Effect 6th-18th Nov.

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on October 8, 2012

Human Endeavour will be exhibiting a new project called Glasgow Effect at the the Brighton Photo Fringe. Alex Currie and Richard Chivers are working with Glaswegian photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie to examine why in Glasgow you are more likely to self harm, suffer from behavioural problems, commit suicide or acts of violence and ultimately die a premature death than in any other post industrial city in the UK.

The exhibition runs from the 6th-18th NOV at Phoenix Arts Brighton.


Phoenix Arts Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB

Photo. Alex Currie

Wideyed Collective at the Brighton Photo Fringe.

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on October 6, 2012

Human Endeavour are excited to be helping the Wideyed Collective  put on an exhibition for the Brighton Photo Fringe. The show will be outside behind St Peters Church in Brighton opposite Phoenix Arts.


In 1869, Josephine Bowes laid the foundation stone of the grand house destined to be both a home for her and her husband, John, and a place for them to house the large collection of artworks they intended to share with the people of Teesdale, County Durham.

Sadly, neither John nor Josephine Bowes lived to see the accomplishment of their project. The Bowes Museum was still opened to the public on 10th June 1892, but some areas of the building remained incomplete. Josephine’s ballroom never saw the grand parties it was intended for. Over the years, its bare plaster walls saw the caretakers’ children play and grow before being annexed as a temporary storage space for the collection.

In 2008, the neglected roof was restored and works began to turn the ballroom into a new archive for paintings, prints and books, with carefully designed new floor levels and a warren of dedicated spaces, innovatively structured to sit within the unusual, original building structure.

The images are of a space in transition; an unfulfilled dream about to find new life, but tinged with the stillness and sadness of what might have once been.

‘Lost Waltz’ is Wideyed exhibition by Richard Glynn, curated by Human Endeavour, as part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2012.

EXHIBITION VENUE: The North Lawn, St Peter’s Church, York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU

EXHIBITION DATES: 6th October – 18th November 2012

Collectif Human Endeavoura showing Degeneration at Voies Off. Arles Photography Festival.

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on July 5, 2012

Human Endeavour (or Collectif Human Endeavoura as we are known in France)  will be showing their project Degeneration at Voies Off. Arles from the 02nd of July to the 7th of July.

Degeneration will be featured during a night screening in the court yard of Archbishops Place.

Affiche Festival Voies Off 2012