Artcore – 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks

25/06/2021 - 17/07/2021, 11am - 5pm


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Come along to the exhibition launch of 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks by photographer Tony Kemplen, hosted by Artcore Gallery.

About this event

52 Cameras in 52 Weeks – Tony Kemplen

Exhibition Launch: Friday 25 June 2021, 5-8pm

Exhibition Dates: 25 June – July 17 2021

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday, 11am-5pm


About the Exhibition

Tony Kemplen has been collecting cameras for over 50 years and in 2010 he decided to use them. For a decade, he has used a different film camera each week of the year – 522 cameras in 10 years. Since 2011, he has also written a monthly column about the project for Amateur Photographer Magazine. This exhibition therefore straddles the worlds of contemporary art and amateur photography.

52 Cameras in 52 Weeks comprises a selection of these photographs and the corresponding cameras used to make them. The cameras and the photos represent a wide range of cameras, techniques and subjects, and Tony’s approach to image-making is every bit as important as the technical aspects of the project.

The cameras range in age from 10 to 100 years and in size from a large format Thornton Pickard Reflex down to a Minox sub-miniature spy camera. There are well known models which many visitors will have used as well as some esoteric cameras which they are unlikely to have seen before.


About the Artist – Tony Kemplen

Tony Kemplen has exhibited work in Babel at Ikon Gallery in 1999; Encyclopaedia Mundi in 2003 – an ambitious touring project shown in Leeds, Derby and Lancaster, which came to QUAD’s predecessor Q Arts; created work for Futuresonic, the Sheffield Pavilion at Istanbul Biennale in 2009 and for other festivals; and created and exhibited work as part of ‘utk’, a collaboration with three other artists. He has also made a large number of artists’ books, many of them now in national collections.


About Artcore

Artcore is an international centre for contemporary art and creativity based in Derby, UK. It is home to Artcore Gallery, studios and work spaces as well as a shop and cafe. A vibrant hub for commissioning, production, presentation and debate, we offer opportunities for diverse audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.


Here at Artcore Gallery we believe that contemporary art and creativity are central to the development of people and places. We have an extensive exhibition and residency programme which helps support early, mid-career and established artists to create work which deals with pressing social, political and environmental issues. Each year we welcome over 4000 people from all sections of the diverse communities of Derby to experience inspiring, innovative and high-quality exhibitions and events. For over 25 years we have developed links all over the world. Through this we have created a growing global community which helps us to support the aspiring artist into this contemporary world.


52 Cameras in 52 Weeks launches on Friday 25 June 5-8pm

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With thanks to Format Festival.

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