Returning to civilian life with an ambition to be a photojournalist, a trip to London resulted in a series of commissions for 'Black Star' agency. Uncomfortable with freelance work I worked in a series of portrait and general studios from the late 1950s to 1970. My personal documentary practice continued alongside resulting in three large exhibitions.

A move to Derby, to teach full time, in 1970 marked the beginning of my landscape work which established me as a 'known' photographer.

My work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and has been added to many public and private collections.



2006 The Luminous Garden. Hoopers Gallery, London 
2005 Tulipa. Hoopers Gallery, London
2004 Landscapes. Hoopers Gallery, London
1995-8 The Photographs of John Blakemore(British Council Touring Exhibition)
1995 Alden Biesen, Belgium
1994 The Stilled Gaze, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London

Beyond Landscape, Howarth Gallery, Accrington

Beyond Landscape, Photographs 1970-1991

Focal Point Gallery, Essex

The Royal Photographic Society, The Octagon, Bath

The Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge


Lawrence Miller Gallery, New York, USA

Intimate Rituals, 'Mai de la Photo', Reims, France

Inscape, Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh


Inscape, Poseurs, Birmingham

Still Life, Contretype, Brussels, Belgium

Beyond Landscape, Retrospective 1970-1991, Derby City Museum


Inscape, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London

Still Life, Photographers Gallery, London


Still Life 1981-1984, Untitled Gallery, Sheffield

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool


Contrasts Gallery, London

Camera Obscura Gallery, Stockholm


Lila, Photographers Gallery, London

Impressions Gallery, York, then touring


Spirit of Place, Welsh Arts Council Exhibition

Ffoto Gallery, Cardiff

Photographers Gallery, London

Impressions Gallery, York, then touring


Stand Before the World, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

Photographers Gallery, London

Open Eye Gallery, London

Impressions Gallery, York, then touring


A Vision of Landscape, Impressions Gallery, York

Contrasts Gallery, London

2011 Seduced by Art, The National Gallery, London
2001 Something Old, Something New, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

History, Ferrens Collection, Hull

Schoonheid van het Verval, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Groningen, Holland

1995 Photographs and Paintings, John Blakemore and Michael Porter, Harewood House, Leeds
1994 A Positive View, Saatchi Gallery London

Flora Photographica, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

The New York Public Library, New York, USA

The Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario, Canada

The Mead Gallery, University of Warwick

Recent Works, Los Angeles International, USA

Bergen Museum of Art & Science, New Jersey, USA


ICI Photography Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London and Photokina, Cologne

Shared Light, Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales

Works on Paper, The Amoury, New York, USA

British Photography, Arles Photo Festival, France

Flora Photographica, Serpentine Gallery, London

Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh

Manchester City Museum and Art Gallery


Landscape, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London

The Garden, Newcastle Arts Centre, then touring

Images of British Landscape, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, USA

1987 Realities Revisited, Sadye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Canada
1986 Tomorrow, Royal Festival Hall, London

Contemporary British Photography, Massachusetts

Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

Photographs into Print(A.C.G.B. Exhibition)

1979 The Native Land, Mostyn Gallery, Wales
1978 The Thousand and one Photographs, Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm
1977 Singular Realities, Side Gallery, Newcastle

The Romantic Landscape, Kodak House, London

Three Photographers, with Paul Hill and Thomas Joshua

Cooper, 11 Diaframa Gallery, Milan

1973 Serpentine Photography '73, Serpentine Gallery, London
2011 Eyemazing Magazine (Amsterdam), Issue 4
2000 Profi Foto, Germany, Interview by Rhona Wilson, pp 42-45
1995 Kew, Spring '95
1993 John Blakemore, Zoom International, Vol. 122 

Vis-a-Vis, Paris. No. 12 

"Altered States". Portfolio, No. 14

Creative Review

British Journal of Photography


Creative Camera, No. 311

British Journal of Photography, Nos. 6840/6851

The Photographic Journal, RPS Vol. 132, No. 1

Amateur Photographer, Dec. 21/28

Time Out, No. 113/4

Week End Guardian, Sept. 21/22

1987 Photography Magazine,  London
1984 Creative Camera, London

Print Letter, Switzerland, No. 31

Camera, London


Ten-8. No. 3

Aggie Weston's, No. 15


Fotografie, Norway, No. 2

Nye Foto, Norway, No. 4

British Journal of Photography, No. 6027


Camera, Switzerland, No. 8

Spot, Yugoslavia

1974 Aggie Weston's, No. 4
1973 Amateur Photographer
1972 British Journal of Photography, No. 5819
1971 British Journal of Photography, No. 5815
2000 International Centre for Photography, Norway
1999 Irish Photographers, Belfast
1978-1997 Photographers Place, Derbyshire
1989-2001 Photographers at Duckspool, Somerset
1993/95/96/97 Merseyside Aware, Liverpool
1990-92 Irish Photographers, Dublin
1988/91/95/96/97 London Independent Photographers
1992 Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh
1991 Oxford Photographers
1990/1993 Royal Photographic Society, Bath
1988 Cork Independent Photographers, Cork, Eire
1985 Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
 Victoria and Albert Museum, London
 Arts Council of Great Britain, London
 Department of the Environment, London
 British Council, London
 Biblioteque Nationale, Paris
 Royal Photographic Society, Bath
 Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford
 Fotografiska Museet, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
 Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, USA
 The Vernon Collection, Los Angeles, USA
 University of Parma, Italy
 Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Holland
 National Library of Wales
 Ferrens Collection, Hull
 Birmingham City Archives
2011 John Blakemore: Photographs 1955-2010 Dewi Lewis 9781907893124
2005 John Blakemore's Black and White Workshop, David & Charles ISBN 0 7153 17202
1994 The Stilled Gaze, Zelda Cheatle Press, London. Introductory texts by John Banville and Judith Bumpus. ISBN 0 9518371 68
1991 Inscape, Zelda Cheatle Press, London. Introductory text by Val Williams. ISBN 0 9518371 09
1989 Year of the Tree, Hanover Acceptances, London Award of Excellence, Design Annual, 1990
1977 John Blakemore, British Image No. 3. Introductory text by Gerry Badger, ISBN 0 7287 0107 3
2002 Portfolio of 12 original prints. Edition of Six. Hoopers Gallery, London.
1981 Monograph of Original Prints, "Thistle Portfolio", Contrasts Gallery, London.
1978 Featured in "Exploring Photography" No. 3, "The Landscape", BBC 2