© Johny Pitts, Man through rain dappled window, Carnaby Street, London (after Sade), 2019

Photoworks is thrilled to announce the opening of Home is not a Place at Graves Gallery, Sheffield Museums. In this body of work, Johny Pitts documents Black British culture, people, and geographies journeying along the Thames and circumnavigating the British coast.

My photographic practice involves trying to celebrate Black spaces, capture them while they’re still here and give them a home. If not in a literal sense in a figurative sense, for me home is somewhere that you take with you.’ – Johny Pitts

A self-taught photographer, working in the tradition of British documentary photography, Pitts was supported by the inaugural Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship working closely with the Photoworks team for twelve months to allow him to develop this new series.

Home is Not a Place will take the form of a touring exhibition, starting in Pitts’ hometown of Sheffield and also a new book, published by Harper Collins in September 2022 which will combine photographs with poems by the T.S. Eliot Prize awardee Roger Robinson.


Graves Gallery, Sheffield Museums from 11 August – 24 December 2022
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh 9 March – 10 June 2023

By Johny Pitts and Roger Robinson published by Harper Collins late September 2022


Originally commissioned through the Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship, supported by The Ampersand Foundation and Photoworks.


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