Ron McCormick in conversation with Paul Reas
Cardiff, June 2019

Ron McCormick yn sgwrsio gydag Paul Reas
Caerdydd, Mehefin 2019

Mount Tom Price minesite, Western Australia, 1983
© Ron McCormick, pan54-735-736

Ron McCormick trained as an artist at Liverpool School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in London before moving across to photography. He played a significant role in the formation and development of photography galleries across the UK in the 1970’s - including Half Moon Gallery in London, Side Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne and the original Ffotogallery in Cardiff.

Ron taught on the Newport Documentary Photography course alongside David Hurn and established ‘The Newport Survey’ publication that students worked on as part of their studies - produced over a decade in the 1980’s . He was one of the first photographers to be commissioned by Ffotogallery to produce work for the highly regarded ‘Valleys Project’ in the 1980’s and his documentary work of the changing landscape and communities in the south Wales valleys as coal mining disappeared in the region is considered to be some of the best produced.

His work is held in the Arts Council Collection and in private collections. He has lived and worked in Newport since 1977 and continues to be an active member of the Newport art and photography scene.

A major exhibition of his south Wales work 'How Green was my Valley' will open at Newport Museum & Art Gallery on 21 September and run through to 14 March 2020.

Recorded at the University of South Wales Atrium campus in Cardiff by Brian Carroll. Our thanks to Paul Reas for organising.

Part 1 - listen to part 2 and 3

See below for a small selection of Ron's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

How Green was my Valley’ exhibition in Newport Museum & Art Gallery runs 21 September 2019 - 14 March 2020.

Keep an eye open for Ron’s new website, currently in development, at
A selection of Ron’s books are available via BigCartel

Gallery images © Ron McCormick and used with permission of the photographer.
Banner images © Brian Carroll

Further reading from this episode…
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes :
Wikipedia link
Half Moon Gallery and Camerawork : Four Corners Archive link
Camerawork magazine : BJP article
Side Gallery : Amber link

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