Current Productions

Working predominantly in collaboration with national and international partners- across the visual arts, cultural, heritage and community sectors -Northern Narratives Studios focus on creating high quality opportunities to experience photography, locally and internationally, in an engaged and inspiring way.  Our productions work on multiple levels incorporating publications, exhibitions and public engagement throughout. Our team have worked on some of the most popular photography exhibitions in recent years and this experience is embedded in all we do collectively. 

Photographs copyright: Ken Grant

Chris Killip: Retrospective

Chris Killip: Retrospective in partnership with The Photographers Gallery, Martin Parr Foundation, The Chris Killip Photography Trust & Thames & Hudson

The Photographers Gallery: October 2022 – Feb 2023

Baltic Gateshead: April – September 2023

Touring to Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation: Feb-June 2024

Fotomuseum den Haag : Aug – Dec 2024

This exhibition presents a full career retrospective by one of the UK’s most important and influential post-war documentary photographers, Chris Killip (1946–2020).  The exhibition serves as the most comprehensive survey of the photographer’s work, with his images from the Northeast of England at the core. Grounded in sustained immersion into the communities he photographed, Chris Killip's photographs of those affected by economic shifts throughout the 1970s and 80s in the North of England remain without parallel. Whilst marking a moment of de-industrialisation, Killip's stark yet tender observation moves beyond the urgency to record such circumstances, to affirm the value of lives he grew close to – lives that, as he once described 'had history done to them'

Photographs copyright: Chris Killip 

Tom Stoddart Retrospective

Tom Stoddart Retrospective is our newest production and in the early stages of development. 

This exhibition will presents a major retrospective of the work of renowned photojournalist Tom Stoddart  who's work across war zones and crisis over the last 40 years has made him one of the leading British photographers of recent times. This retrospective will be undertaken in partnership with his family  to mark the immense legacy he has left to photography and photojournalism.

Photographs copyright: Tom Stoddart

Jillian Edelstein - A Mid-Career Survey Show

This Mid Career Survey Show is one of our newest productions and in the early stages of development. 

This exhibition will be a mid career survey of the work and career, to date, of the much respected photographer Jillian Edelstein. Developed in collaboration with Jillian Edelstein this production will be coming to galleries, nationally and internationally, from 2025 onwards.

Photographs copyright: Jillian Edelstein.

Past Productions

VOICES- Photo North Festival

VOICES was an exhibition showing at Photo North Festival, Leeds in April 2024, combining 3 award winning women working at the forefront of documentary photography and photojournalism: Jillian Edelstein, Carol Allen-Storey and Kirsty MacKay. The exhibition focus’ on work by each photographer which not only visually illuminates social, political, and healthcare issues but also gives voice to those in the images and empowers their stories to be told. 

The exhibition will include images from Jillian Edelstein’s renowned Truth and Lies series, the award-winning work from Hidden in the Shadows by Carol Allen-Storey and The Fish That Never Swam series by Kirsty MacKay.

Photographs copyright: Carol Allen-Storey, Kirsty MacKay and Jillian Edelstein, 

Martin Parr: Irish Retrospective Tour

Martin Parr Irish Retrospective: From the Pope to a Flat White in partnership with Martin Parr Studios

Limerick City Gallery – January - May 2021

Photo Museum Ireland – Dublin, June- September 2021

Roscommon Arts Centre – September -November2021

McMullan Gallery & Museum – Boston – January – May 2022

Belfast Exposed Gallery – September-October 2022

CCI Paris- November 2022- Feb 2023

This international 2-year touring production was a large development and curation project which incorporated the establishment of all venue partners, acquisition of funding, oversight and design of all marketing and management of budgets. The exhibition incorporated 120 of Parr’s Irish pictures from 1979-2019 and was accompanied by a publication by Damiani books. 

Photographs copyright: Martin Parr.

Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors - project managed for The Royal Photographic Society, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust & Imperial War Museums and produced in collaboration with Dr Michael Pritchard

Imperial War Museums London- August -Dec 2021

Royal Photographic Society - January -May 2022

UNESCO Paris - 2022 

Imperial War Museums North – January- October 2023


Photographs copyright:

L-R: Dr Michael Pritchard, Frederic Aranda, Jillian Edelstein & Frederic Aranda



Distinctly - A Study of Britain 

Distinctly – A Study of Britain in partnership with Wirral Borough of Culture 2019 & LOOK Photo Biennial 2019

Pingyao International Festival- China 2018

Liverpool LOOK Biennial 2019 at Williamson Gallery – Autumn 2019

Micamera Milan - from January 2020. 

A group show exploring communities in Britain through the decades. Featuring work by Marketa Luskacova from her London Street Musicians series, Ken Grant from his Merseyside series Benny Profane, the humorous Bad Weather series by Martin Parr, the hard hitting The Fish That Never Swam series by Kirsty MacKay which explores the poverty of Glasgow working class life and images from Chris Killip’s Northeast seminal work In Flagrante. Mixed into this impactful selection of work were also the portraits by John Myers of local individuals and shop owners in Stourbridge, the imagined Durlescombe local farming communities of Dorset/Devon and the street portraits by Niall McDiarmid. With the archive of Tish Murtha sealing this immense show up with poignancy for lost youth in 70’s Britain, this exhibition fed into the hard messages of Brexit and its imminent impact. 


Photographs copyright:

L-R: Robert Darch, Marketa Luskacova, Chris Killip & Kirsty Mackay.

209 Women

209 Women in partnership with Hilary Wood 

Palace of Westminster, Portcullis House: December 2018-March 2019

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool: March- August 2019

An exhibition and photobook production to mark the centenary of female suffrage and the first female MP’s taking their seat in House of Commons. 


Photographs copyright:

L-R: Sarah Lee, Hannah Starkey, Lottie Davies & Jillian Edelstein

New Brighton Revisited

New Brighton Revisited: Martin Parr, Tom Wood & Ken Grant in partnership with Imagine Wirral

The Sailing School Gallery: New Brighton Summer 2018

This small group show of work from the Merseyside seaside resort of New Brighton by photographers Tom Wood, Martin Parr and Ken Grant reached an international audience and profile in 2018 with documentaries by ARTE, profiles in Vogue and media coverage throughout the national press.  The appeal of the show was less for the install specifically of the exhibition – which featured 120 pieces of work from New Brighton by all 3 photographers from their times living and working in the seaside town during the 1980’s and 90’s – but more for the innovative decision by Tracy Marshall-Grant to put the work of all three together for the very first time and to curate the exhibition with each photographer individually, allowing them to ‘revisit’ the work from that period to include and feature pictures never printed or shown before. The exhibition also created for the first time a new gallery within the town itself specifically for this exhibition as part of the Wirral Borough of Culture.  


Photographs copyright:

L-R: Ken Grant, Tom Wood, Martin Parr & Martin Parr  

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