A Fortunate Man: The Photographs of Jean Mohr

Griffiths, Jason ORCID: 0000-0002-4827-4508, Deeks, Roger ORCID: 0000-0003-3012-8913 and Peck, Julia ORCID: 0000-0001-5134-2471 (2019) A Fortunate Man: The Photographs of Jean Mohr. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

The 1967 book A Fortunate is a detailed exploration of the role of the general medical practitioner, and specifically the position and psychology of one doctor within a rural community. The book was created collaboratively by its author John Berger and documentary photographer Jean Mohr, yet critical, scholarly and popular focus has tended towards the text and its writer Berger. This was also largely the case with Reading the Forest’s 2018 public history project A Fortunate Man Remembered…50 Years On. This exhibition A Fortunate Man: The Photographs of Jean Mohr, sought to address this by focusing primarily on the photographs and their photographer Mohr. Working with the holders of the Jean Mohr collection, the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, 18 original artists prints that appear in the book were loaned to the University for exhibition at the Hardwick Gallery, and as a prompt to new work in the Forest of Dean by University photography students; followed by a weekend exhibition at St Briavels, the community at the centre of the book, along with the new works by students. The project saw students working with Five Acres High School in the Forest of Dean, whose pupils attended the private view, and several other Forest-based community groups. Jason Griffiths and Roger Deeks of Reading the Forest worked closely with the Forest community, and with Dr Julia Peck of UoG, and Hardwick Gallery curator Sarah Bowden. Opening the exhibition in St Briavels Dame Janet Trotter remarked on the power of Mohr’s pictures, and reflected on her own career journey working in both the health service and academia, and on the changes in the NHS since Eskell’s time. Also at the opening were Ivy Gunter and Brychan Gretton whose portraits featured in the book. Over the next two days people from near and far visited to see Mohr’s photographs and those taken by the students.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: A Fortunate Man John Berger Jean Mohr Forest of Dean St Briavels Dr Sassall Dr John Eskell Photography
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern > PR471 20th century
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Jason Griffiths
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 14:59
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 08:46
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8475

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