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Why Jim Mortram’s work on Market Towns is one of the great British photo projects of our times

Read the text. Look at the photos in the film.

If you still don’t get it, you probably never will.

This work is dynamite. Don’t do Jim a favor, do yourself one, buy a print. They are a steal. (details at bottom of the post)

I’m having a Print Sale to raise the funds to enable me to begin work on my first book next year. I have to get a camera (At the moment I borrow all the ones I shoot with) and cover the expenses of the book, film etc

For the last 18 months together with people on or far beyond the outskirts of my local Market Towns community I have been recording through collaborative environmental portraiture, audio and video interviews coupled with straight documentary shoots their life stories and memories, musings, hopes and struggles.

I do this with a passion and belief that the photographs we can make have a weight and longevity beyond our time here, have an ability to communicate a story long after the characters have departed, they are time capsules awaiting discovery.

These are moments of daily endurance that in a generation will have passed forever.

I work as a full time Carer in my families home and at the end of the week there is no budget for any photographic work. Most all of my equipment is borrowed and all of my shoots are completed in free time away from my duties at home.

Market Town has no end date, it’s a project I will work on forever, constantly updating how I present the stories via essays, interviews, articles, stories, portraits, mixed media exhibitions and a series of books.

All the prints (from my last exhibition ‘Market Town’) seen in this presentation video are available as singles in sizes 16 x 12 £30 per print or 20 x 16 £50 per print or as a very limited boxed (10 sets of each, signed) set of all 20 prints 16 X 12 £300 or 20 X 16 £500


More info available here :

wix.com/jamortram/jamortram#!donate

Please email me @

james.mortram@hotmail.co.uk for all the details.

…thanks for putting up with this and other posts, gotta do what you gotta do to keep a project alive and the work and people and social situations within these series are very important to me – thanks for all your support and patience during this phase, it’s so much more than merely appreciated.

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