Friday 27 June 2014 - 00.00 to Sunday 12 October 2014 - 00.00
Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau, Gentilly

This exhibition traces the first twenty years of the career of photographer Homer Sykes: a genuine immersion in the daily life, folklore and mutations of the UK at a time of crisis, in an uncertain society that is reinventing itself through pop culture and rock.

Who is Homer Sykes?

Homer Sykes is an English photographer of Canadian origin, who started his career as photojournalist in the 1970s. He worked for The Observer, The Telegraph, Time and Newsweek, covering conflicts in the Middle-East and Northern Ireland. But quickly he decided to focus on his own country, its traditions and the British way of life, in a time of deep economic change and social transformations, the end of an era where liberalism led to the industrial decline. 

His portrait of England

The humour in his work is never ferocious or ironic. The poor, the humiliated and the elite are given the same unprejudiced glance, in both common and unusual situations, which helps to understand the reasons of the social unrest.

Homer Sykes also explores the incredible emeging musical universe of the period: glam rock, punk-rock, ska, new wave, new romanticism. He observes pop music through the forms of culture and counter-culture that arise from it.

Help create the exhibition's soundtrack

Visit La Maison Doisneau's Facebook page to see the exhibition's playlist, and you are invited to make suggestions for additional tracks.

Image credits:

  • The Burry Man taking a break from walking the towns boundaries, South Queensferry, Scotland, 1971 © Homer Sykes.
  • New Romantics, George O'Dowd, later known as Boy George with friend Wilf Rogers at The Blitz Club, Covent Garden, London, 1980 © Homer Sykes.
  • Paul and Linda McCartney, their bouncer and daughter in a hotel lift, Manchester, 1975 © Homer Sykes.
  • A typical English summer’s day, Southend on Sea, Saturday 17 August, 1974 © Homer Sykes.

Practical information

Free entrance

Wednesday to Friday: 1.30pm - 6.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1.30pm - 7.00pm
Closed on bank holidays.

Contact for groups and schools

Sarah Gay
Tel : 01 55 01 04 84
Email :

Getting there:

RER B, station Gentilly
Bus number 57, V5, arrêt Division Leclerc
Tram 3a, arrêt Stade Charléty
Bd Périphérique, sortie Porte de Gentilly