Jo Gane: Photographic Artist & Educator

Coventry Future Voices

I've been fortunate to work with the wonderful Photo Archive Miners and a group of year 6 John Gulson primary school pupils for a Coventry University project which asked the children to imagine what their futures in the city of Coventry might look like.

The project allowed me to help the pupils use hands-on analogue Photography processes to build up their ideas and create a portrait using Cyanotypes, Pinhole Photography and Large Format Film over three sessions.

The resulting artwork has been shown as part of Coventry University's 175 years launch event and will soon be seen on hoardings around the city centre.

Cyanotype image by Jasmine aged 9.

New work in progress exploring Drawing and early Photography

I'm thrilled to have been awarded funding from Arts Council England to spend the next year exploring links between early Photography and Drawing inspired by the work of Victorian painter Frederick Henry Henshaw and early photographer George Shaw. Drawing upon knowledge discovered by the late Pete James.

The new work responds to images of the River Cole by both artists. 

Further updates will follow. For ongoing news as this project develops please see my Twitter feed @jo_gane

Lapworth Lates / Light Crystal

I have been making new work in response to the Lapworth Museum's Mineral Wealth collection exploring the way in which the collection refracts light ready for an opening on 19th July as part of their first Lapworth Lates event.

The new work includes both print based photograms and etchings alongside a new sculptural piece.

There will also be the opportunity to make a photogram print of your own at the launch event.

For further details about Lapworth Lates please see the link here

The new work is on my projects page here

Ikon Gallery workshops

I'll be delivering several alternative process photography workshops at Ikon Gallery as part of the education programme for their latest exhibition, 'In Place of Hate' by Edmund Clarke.

Family workshops in pinhole photography are happening on Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd February.

I'll also be leading their creative teacher's retreat on 20th January which will enable teachers to learn how to use pinhole and cyanotype photographic techniques in their classrooms.

For further details and to book, please see the gallery website here

images created by Jaskirt Boora using a pinhole drinks can at the creative teacher's retreat

A White House on Paradise Street

My exhibition, A White House on Paradise Street is currently running at BOM (Birmingham Open Media), 1 Dudley Street, Birmingham until 19th August. The exhibition is open from 12-5pm Wednesdays - Sundays until 19th August 2017.

For further information about the exhibition please see

A White House on Paradise Street

17th June  – 19th August 2017

Jo Gane in collaboration with Pete James and Leon Trimble

This project is inspired by the absence of what has been claimed by some writers to be the first photographic image made in Birmingham and potentially the first image made in England using the daguerreotype process*1. The image is said to have depicted a White House on Paradise Street and is thought to have been made by George Shaw in late August or early September 1839.

This new artwork by Jo Gane in collaboration with photographic historian Pete James and digital artist Leon Trimble combines historic and contemporary techniques to extend the latent possibilities of this missing image.

In response to research by Pete James, the exhibition places small time-machine camera devices around the city in locations relevant to key moments and events in the early history of photography in Birmingham. These devices are constructed using historic techniques in mahogany by master cabinetmaker Jamie Hubbard, to resemble the Wolcott daguerreotype camera patented in 1840. Leon Trimble has hacked the cameras with Raspberry Pi’s, making them able to live stream analogue images from inside the camera back into the gallery space and online. As time machines, these devices mine the contemporary landscape to make visible the history of the city’s role as the ‘midwife to the birth of photography’*2 in the early 19th Century.

Alongside the live streams of indistinct, soft images from within the camera devices, which are reminiscent of even earlier attempts to produce photographic images a series of sharp, detailed new Daguerreotypes by Jo Gane produced at Mike Robinson’s Century Darkroom render fragments of what may have been visible on Shaw’s original Daguerreotype plate into focus within this new digital landscape, inspired by fragments of the past.

*1 Daguerreotypes are one of the first methods of making a photograph invented in August 1839 by Louis Daguerre in Paris, using a highly polished sheet of silver plated copper which is made light sensitive by fuming over iodine then developed with hot mercury before gilding with a gold chloride solution to produce one-off images that appear as if they are a ‘mirror with a memory’.

*2 from Birmingham Reminisces (Second Series) ‘The Pioneers of Photography in Birmingham,’ Birmingham Daily Mail, 28th January 1880

image by Nick Hynan Photography 



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