Adam Murray and Robert Parkinson began Preston is my Paris in July 2009 as a photocopied zine with the intention of encouraging the exploration of Preston as a subject for creative practice.  It is now a multi-faceted project rooted in photography that includes publications, site-specific installations, live events, digital applications, education and writing.  Work is held in the Tate Library, Fotomuseum Winterthur Collection, Artists’ Books Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan Unviersity and Special Collections at London College of Communication.

Exhibitions / Commissions / Events

Sept 2014

The Library Vaccine
Group Exhibition
Artists Space
New York, USA

Jul 2014

Don’t Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next
Group Exhibition
Foam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mar 2014

Everything is About to Happen
Group Exhibition
Corvi-Mora & greengrassi
London, UK

Aug 2013

Preston Pavilion
Original Commission
Festi-Conference for Creative Collectives
Jerusalem, Israel

Nov 2012

The Photobook and Photography Now project showcase
Tate Modern
London, UK

Oct-Nov 2012

Four Versions of Three Routes
Original Commission
Brighton Photo Biennial 2012
Various Locations
Brighton, UK

Jul 2012

Road and Rail Links Between Sheffield and Manchester
Book Launch at Museum of Transport
Manchester, UK

 

Jun 2012

Road and Rail Links Between Sheffield and Manchester
Book Launch at Son Gallery
London, UK

 

May 2012

Book Days Curated Section
C/O
Berlin, Germany

 

Jan 2012

Plat(t)form 2012 Special Mention
Fotomuseum Winterthur
Winterthur, Switzerland

 

Dec 2011

FIND
Original Commission
Brighton Photo Fringe 2011
Phoenix, Brighton, UK

 

Nov 2011

Preston Bus Station photographic publication feat.
Archizines curated by Elias Redstone
Architectural Association, London, UK

 

Sep 2011

Publish It Yourself
Curated by Laurence Vecten
Maison D’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Paris, France

 

Mar 2011

Derby photographic publication
Original Commission
Format International Photography Festival
Various Venues, Derby, UK

 

Sep 2010

Publish It Yourself
Curated by Laurence Vecten
Maison D’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Paris, France

Jun 2010

Self Publish, Be Happy
Curated by Bruno Ceschel
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

 

Feb 2010

Preston is my Paris
Unit 15
Guildhall Arcade, Preston, UK

 

Conference Papers

Sept 2012

Interpreting the Ordinary
Actualite du livre d’artiste depuis 1980
Universite Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France

Apr 2012

Preston is my Paris
5th Fotobook Festival
Le Bal, Paris, France

 

Oct 2011

The Poetic Archive: Photography, Everyday Life and the Tactic of Self Publishing – with Diane Smyth
Photography and the Artist’s Book Symposium
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

 

Apr 2009

Preston is my Paris: Why the cafe/pub remains an important subject of focus for image makers working in social documentary
Recording Leisure Lives: Sports, Games and Pastimes in 20th Century Britain, University of Bolton, UK

 

Jun 2009

The Constructed North: The Depiction of Northern England in Contemporary Fashion Photography
Northernness: Ideas and Images of the North in Visual Culture
Northumbria University, UK

 

Guest Lecture / Workshop Leader / Discussion Panel

Dec 2014

Visiting Speaker
Artists’ Book Market
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

Dec 2014

Visiting Speaker
Education Programme
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

Sept 2014

Visiting Speaker
Photography
The New School, New York

Mar 2014

Panel Discussion
with Jason Evans and Ewen Spencer
Tate Britain, UK

Feb 2014

Visiting Speaker
Focus On: Photo Books Programme
Belfast Exposed, UK

Feb 2014

Visiting Speaker
MFA / BA Photography
Belfast School of Art, UK

Feb 2014

Workshop Leader w/ Nigel Shafran
Learning From Kilburn education programme managed by Tom Keeley
Kilburn, London, UK

Feb 2014

Visiting Speaker
BA Photography
University of Chester, UK

Oct 2013

Visiting Speaker
BA Photography
Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Jun 2013

Portfolio Reviewer
Krakow Photomonth 2013
Poland

May 2013

Workshop Leader
Activist Curating education programme managed by Charlotte Cotton
Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, UK

 

Mar 2013

Workshop Leader
Croydon Urban Pioneers education programme managed by Tom Keeley
Architecture Foundation, London, UK

 

Feb 2013

Workshop Leader
La Fabrique du Regard education programme managed by Valentine Guillen
Le Bal, Paris, France

 

Jan 2012

Visiting Speaker
MA Photography and the Book / BA Photography
Plymouth University, UK

 

Nov 2011

Archizines Live Panel Discussion
Friday Late at Victoria & Albert Museum
London, UK