1949 Born County Durham, England

1974 Graduated from Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham

1976 First toured and photographed the west of Ireland

1978-1998 Lecturer at Blackpool College of Art & West Surrey College of Art

1980-present Completed over 30 commissions in Austria, France, Germany, Italy,

Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Each concluded in the form of exhibition and/or publication

1981 Senior Research Fellow – Sheffield School of Art

1986 First book published; Mist Mountain Water Wind

1991 Moved to Cardiff, Wales from Stockport, England

1993 BBC Wales Arts Award in Visual Arts

1996 Senior Research Fellow - University of Wales Institute Cardiff

2001 Moved to Liverpool, England

2008 Shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

2001 Began working in color

Present Continues photographing and printing while also actively advocating for the preservation of public green space in Liverpool and beyond.


2017-2018 The British Landscape | L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York

2016 Visions of La Mancha – Landscape and Wetlands | Museo de Santa Cruz, Toledo, Spain

Shadow – terrils d’europe du nord | Labanque, Béthune, France

2013 France England | Les Rencontres d’Arles, France

Highways | Museum of London, UK

Hidden River | City of Clermont-Ferrand, France

2010 L’Anse de Paulillies and Fuji City, Japan | Galerie Vu, Paris, France

2009 House | Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK

2008 Kajobrazy Miejskie / Urban Landscapes | Galeria Fotografii pf, Poznan, Poland

European Eyes on Japan | Tokyo, Japan

2006 The British Landscape | Photo España, Madrid, Spain

2003 Metropolis: Manchester | Manchester Art Gallery & Urbis, Manchester, UK

2002 Metropoli (London) | Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, UK

Seine Valley | Gallery Photo, Rouen, France

2001 L’Anse de Paulilles | Hotel Scribe, Paris, France

1999 Sguardi Gardesani | Museo Civico Riva del Garda, Italy

1997 Through Fire & Water: the River Taff | National Museum Cardiff, Wales, UK

1996 The River and the City - München | Barbara Gross Gallerie, Munich, Germany

The River and the City – Florence | Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, UK

1994 Fos-Sur-Mer and the Industrial Zone | Commune Fos-sur-Mer, France

1992 Vigovisions | IV Foto Bienal, Vigo, Spain

1991 Italian Landscapes | Gualtieri Library, Reggio Emilia, Italy

1987 A Green and Pleasant Land | The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

1985 On the Edge of White Peak | Buxton Museum, UK

1984 The Valleys Project | Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1983 Durham Coalfield | Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

1982 Above and Beyond | Untitled Gallery, Sheffield, UK

1977 John Davies – Photographs | Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK


2019 Tabitha Jussa & John Davies – Can’t See the Wood for the Trees | Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool, UK

We Love Photography! 20 Years of Art Collection Deutsche Börse | Deutsche Börse AG, The Cube, Eschborn, Germany

2018 Coal + Ice | Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA

About the North: Imagined Dialogues | Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Great Exhibition of the North | Baltic Centre of Art, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

PGH Photo Fair | Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

The Photography Show (AIPAD) | Pier 94, New York, NY

Classic Photographs Los Angeles (CPLA) | Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, CA

2017-2018 Into The Woods: Trees in Photography | V & A Museum, London, UK

French Landscapes – A Photographic Experience (1984-2017) | Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France

A Green and Pleasant Land – British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now | Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK

2015 For Ever Amber | Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

2013-2014 All That Is Solid Melts Into Air | (curated by Jeremy Deller) Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick, UK

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

2013 Landmarks: The Fields of Photography | Somerset House, London, UK

2010 Facts of Life: British Documentary Photography, 1974-1997 | National Museum in Krakow, Poland

2007 Atlante Italiano 007 Rischio Paesaggio | MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

How We Are – Photographing Britain | Tate Britain, London, UK

2006 Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now | Tate Liverpool, UK

A Tale of Two Cities | National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford, UK

Atlante Italiano 007 Rischio Paesaggio | MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Art, Rome, Italy

Monuments & Paysages | L'Agence Régionale du Patrimoine de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France.

Trans Emilia | Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland

2005 Land of Promise: Land van Belofte | Noorderlicht Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands

2004 Shrinking Cities | KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2002 Reviving Monuments | Suomenlinna Fortress, Finland

2001 Questions of Landscape | Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2000 Luoghi come Paesaggio | Uffizi Museum, Florence, Italy

Le Temps Vite | Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1999 Under Construction | Milwaukee Art Museum, WI, USA

Milano Senzaconfini | Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Spazio Oberdan, Milan

1997 La Photographie Contemporaine en France | Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris France

1997 Venezia Marghera: Photography and Tranformation | Comune di Venezia, Italy

1996 Une Aventure Contemporaine 1955-1995 | Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

1995 Power to Change | RIBA Architectural Centre, London, UK

National Museum, Cardiff, Wales, UK

1994 La Nievre Photographie | Commune Neivre, France

1993 Iron River | Bilbao Metropolitan Museum, Spain

1992 Vigovisions | IV Fotobienal, Vigo, Spain

1991 British Photography from the Thatcher Years | Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1989 Through the Looking Glass | Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

Ausbeute | Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen, Germany

Autoroute A26, Calais – Reims (two person with Michel Kempf) | Mission Photographique Transmanche, Douchy, France

1984 Britain in 1984 | The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, UK

Creation: Modern Art and Nature | National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

1983 Personal Views | Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK


2019 81-19. London: GOST Books.

2016 Shadow: Slag Heaps of Northern Europe. Paris, France: Editions Loco

2014 Turning Green to Brown. Self published with Blurb

2013 Hidden River. Paris, France: Editions Loco

2008 Urban Landscapes / Krajobrazy Miejskie. Poznan, Poland: Galeria Fotografii pf

2006 The British Landscape. London, UK: Chris Boot Ltd.

2002 Seine Valley (exhibition catalog) Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France: Le Point du Jour

2001 Littoral / Le Retour de la Nature. Trézélan: Les éditions Filigranes

2000 Temps et Paysage. Saint-Benoît-du-Sault: Les editions Tarabuste

1997 Through Fire and Water: River Taff. Cardiff: National Museum and Galleries of Wales

1993 Skylines. Valencia: Valencia University

Cross Currents. Manchester: Cornerhouse

1991 Phase 11. London: The Photographer’s Gallery Italian Landscapes (exhibition catalog). Regio Emilia: Linea di Confine della Provincia di Reggio Emilia

1989 Autoroute A 26. Calais – Reims. Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Centre Regionale de la Photographie

1987 A Green and Pleasant Land. Manchester: Cornerhouse

1986 Mist Mountain Water Wind. London: Traveling Light


Arts Council of England, UK

British Council: Athens, Leipzig, London

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

City of Clermont-Ferrand, France

Commune Fos-sur-Mer, France

Conservatoirs du Littoral, Paris, France

Deutsche Börse Art Collection, Frankfurt

Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal

FNAC (Fonds National d’Art Contemporain), Paris, France

Granit-CAC, Belfort, France

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

Ministère de L' Environnement, Paris, France

Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium

Museo Civico Riva del Garda, Italy

Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

Museo de Santa Cruz, Toledo, Spain

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp, Belgium

National Library of Wales, UK

National Gallery, Washington, DC

National Museum of Photography, Film & Television /

National Media Museum, Bradford, UK

National Museum and Galleries of Wales, UK

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen, Germany

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Side Gallery, Newcastle, UK

V & A Museum, London, UK