Dick Jewell


Dick Jewell is an internationally known artist who is best known in the photobooth world for his seminal self-published collection of found photobooth photographs, titled "Found Photos" (1979).

From his page on the Royal College of Art website:

Dick Jewell graduated from the Royal College of Art (Printmaking MA) in 1978 and has gone on to develop an extraordinary career as an artist/printmaker and filmmaker. His studio practice utilises film, video, and photography and also explores photographic and digital anthologies via photomontage and animation. His working practice is diverse, he has published two books and his films have screened extensively within both film festivals and art galleries, while he still continues to work commercially as a cameraman within both the fashion and music industries. Dick has special interest and responsibility for the digital, photographic and moving-image media.


Dick Jewell exhibited at Waddington Galleries and New Contemporaries while still at the RCA. In 1979 he published Found Photos and participated in Young British Photographers, New York, and Lives, Hayward Gallery, London. His first solo exhibition at Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff in 1980 was followed by group shows including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the 'Summer Show' at the Serpentine Gallery, London.

In the 1980s he ran a record label, and designed and released albums for artists including Gregory Isaacs and Prince Far I. He has also directed music promos for artists including Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack. Since then he has directed and made over 50 documentary films and videos, primarily on the subjects of artists, dance and club culture.

These films of the 1980s and early '90s have shown extensively not only at film festivals around the world but also more recently at art galleries including the Venice Biennale, Tate Liverpool, MOMA Sydney, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the ICA. His work is represented in public collections, including the Stedelijk Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; Arts Council of Great Britain; Hayward Gallery Froebel Institute; Newport Museum; Whitworth Art Gallery; Leeds Art Gallery; Camden Libraries; Dudley Museum.

In the 1990s Dick Jewell's documentaries continued with subjects as diverse as The Bushmen of the Kalahari and Capouera in NE Brazil, and the publication of Hysteric Glamour, 2001. Over the last 10 years, with the continued development of digital technology, Dick has been able to concentrate on his personal work within his studio practice is currently represented by Rachmaninoffs, London.

Contributed by Brian