Curating Judge SUN29

Peter Mitchell, born in 1943, has been quietly building a career for 40 years.
Living and working in Leeds for much of his life, Mitchell treats his surrounding with a unique sense of care that is evident in his work.

An essential part of the colour documentary scene in the 1970s and ‘80s, Mitchell’s landmark show A New Refutation of the Space Viking 4 Mission, at Impressions Gallery in 1979, has had an immeasurable impact on contemporary photographic culture.

Peter’s 1990’s Memento Mori examined the dramatic impact of the Quarry Hill redevelopment project in Leeds. His monograph, Strangely Familiar, published in 2013, features formal portraits of Leed’s people and their places of work.

His latest work, Some Thing means Everything to Somebody, is an eccentric autobiography told through inanimate objects silently observed by scarecrows. By pairing an intensely personal collection with the symbolic ‘Everyman’, he has produced something that is not only autobiographical but the representation of what a lifetime can mean.

He has recently exhibited at Rencontres d’Arles in the South of France and was featured in Eamonn McCabe’s BBC4 documentary – Britain in Focus: A Photographic History.