About John R J Taylor Photography


Buckie, North East Scotland 1958



Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland. 1976-1980.

Royal College of Art, London 1980-1982




1982 Nikon UK Young Photographers Competition, Nikon Gallery, London. 

1984 Welsh Open Exhibition, Ffotogallery, Cardiff. 

1986 New Landscapes, Victoria and Albert Museum London. 

1986 South Bank Picture Show, Royal Festival Hall. 

1986 New Landscapes, Victoria and Albert Museum London.

1987 Marking Time, Museum of London 

1988 Urban News City Blues, Framework

         Independent Photographers Collective, London. 

1988 The Mind, Impressions Gallery of Photography York, touring UK.

1990 New Scottish Photography, National Portrait

         Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1990 Household Choices, Victoria and Albert Museum London, 

1990 Camera Art in Scotland Now Houston Fotofest, USA.

1991 New Scottish Photography, Aberdeen City Art Gallery, Scotland.

1992 Nueva Fotografia Escocesa, Centro Cultural Del Conde Duque, Madrid.

1994 Who's Looking at the Family?, Barbican Art Gallery, London. 

2004 The Art Of the Garden, Tate Britain London, Ulster Museum Belfast 

          and Manchester Art Gallery, 2005.

2012 Island Stories: Fifty Years of Photography in Britain' Victoria and Albert Museum,                  London                               





1986 Peoples Gallery, London.

1987 Royal Festival Hall, London.

1988 Corridor Gallery, Glenrothes Scotland.

1989 Duncan Of Jordanstone college of Art, Scotland.

1989 Hertfordshire College of Art, St. Albans, England.

1990 Glasgow Arts Centre, Scotland.

1990 Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2009 ARCART, London

2010 Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK.












Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Museum of London.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas, USA.




Creative Camera Magazine 1982, 1983, 1987

British Journal of Photography Yearbook 1984, 1985, 1986.

British Photography Towards a Bigger Picture, Aperture 1988

Household Choices, Futures publications Ltd. Middlesex Polytechnic, 1990.

New Scottish Photography,  Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1990

Nueva Fotografia Escocesa, The British Council and Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid. 1992

Who’s Looking at the Family, Barbican Art Gallery, London. 1994.

London, From Punk To Blair, Reaktion Books, 2004

The Art Of The Garden, The Garden In British Art, 1800 to the present day. Tate Britain , 2004

Mosaic USA, Journal For The Interdisciplinary Study Of Literature. Special issue THE PHOTOGRAPH. (Boredom, Repetition, Inertia: Contemporary Photography and the Aesthetics of the Banal.) 2004.

British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2009 finalists book.




Ideal Home, A Detached Look At Modern Living. Cornerhouse Publications Manchester 1983.

Aldeburgh. 2010 Jumbo Editions.
Angels In The Undergrowth'. Jumbo Editions 2012.




"I am fascinated with the way the world looks; I am particularly fascinated by the way the world looks in pictures"

'An artist consumes the world and regurgitates it in a variety of ways. Sometimes these regurgitations are inscrutable, sometimes decipherable. Sometimes they can touch your soul and take on longevity because of their specialness, mostly they are uninspirational and wither away. Artists who do not take risks are not really artists, a true artist is prepared to risk failure and opprobrium'  JT.

'The roots of my photography can be found in painting and drawing. Observing life and depicting it, interpreting it, has fascinated and obsessed me since schooldays.' JT