Selected Photographic / Film Work



Roger Polley and John Woodman joint CV for collaborative work


1979/80 ‘Coloured Lines’, Portholme Meadow, Huntington.

1981/82 ‘Ritual’, Coastline, Lyme Regis, Dorset.

1983 Commission: ‘Landmarks’, for South Hill Park, Bracknell. Outcomes: Exhibition, Installation and publication.

1983/84 Commission: ‘Arboretum’, for E.M. Flint Gallery, Walsall. Outcomes: Exhibition and publication of book, Structure of Chance ISBN:0946652058

1984 Commission: ‘EAUMAGE’ for Centre Culturel de la Villedieu, Paris Outcomes: Exhibition and publication

1986/89 The Dorset Stour.

1991/92 Commission: ‘Visions and Patterns’, for Exeter City Council in collaboration with Southwest Arts, University of Plymouth and Television Southwest.
Outcomes: Exhibition and publication

1993/94 Commission: ‘Spirit of Nature; Poetry of the Earth’, For Devon County Council and The Countryside Commission. Outcomes: Exhibition and publication of book,
Spirit of Nature; Poetry of the Earth. ISBN: 0861148908

1995/96 Commission: ‘Vision of Lincoln; Poetry of Place’, for the Usher Gallery, Lincoln.

Outcomes: Photographic Installation for the Usher Galleries national collection plus exhibition.

Commission: ‘Fossil Forest’, for The Natural History Museum, Brighton, as part of the Brighton Festival.
Outcomes: Exhibition

Commission: ‘Sightlines’, for the Honiton Festival, Devon. Outcomes: Installation, exhibition and publication

1997 Television Programme made depicting outcomes of photographic projects and commissions and their relevance to the environment.
Broadcast on Television Southwest and Channel 4.

Commission: ‘From Sea to the Moors’ for Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Outcomes: Photographic installation for the new Plymouth
Hospital Cancer Wing.

1998/99 Commission: ‘Mapping Saltburn’, for Saltburn Improvement Company and Northern Arts.

Outcomes: Exhibition and publication

1999 Commission: ‘Surrey Hills’, Landscape Assessment for the Countryside Commission (R Polley).

Outcomes: Publication

2000/01 Commission: ‘River Lym and its Environment’ for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Outcomes: installation for Lyme Ward, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Film/Video Installations

  1. 1982  SANDTRACK, tape-slide installation, 24 minutes (revised as a video work 2022)
  2. 1983  South Park Hill, Bracknell Axiom Gallery, Cheltenham
  3. 1984  Woodlands Gallery, London Swiss Cottage Library, LondonInternational Performance Festival, Bracknell
  4. 1985  E M Flint Gallery, Walsall Axiom Gallery, CheltenhamPhotogallery, St Leonards on Sea

1979/85 FRAMES – FILM INSTALLATIONS 1979-85, colour VHS to HD video

1983/88 Films and Installations shown over a five year period at
Galleries and Cinemas throughout the British Isles, through the ‘Film Makers on Tour Scheme’, The Arts Council of Great Britain.

1986 THE DORSET STOUR (video sketches) 60 minutes, colour/sound VHS/hd video 1992 Spacex Gallery, Exeter
1999 ‘Mapping Saltburn’, Cleveland
1999 GREENHOUSE, 15 minutes, colour/sound, VHS to HD video

1983/2000 Gallery installations (Photography/video works) touring from 1983-2000

2000 ‘Revelations’, Tullie House, Gallery Installation and exhibition part of group exhibition curated by Purdy Hicks Gallery and Tullie House.

2012 Installation- ‘Landscape Films’, Oriel Henry Thomas Gallery, Carmarthen


Published Work

  1. 1982  Perspektief, European Photographic Journal, published in Rotterdam
  2. 1983  Creative Camera (A Volatile Landscape),
    Undercut Magazine, special issue: On Landscape in Film and Photography.Ritual/Landmarks publication for South Hill Park, Bracknell.
  3. 1984  Undercut Magazine, issue: British Avant Garde Film, Video and Photography.Deuxieme Triennale International de Photographie Charleroi; catalogue. Eaumage, Festival D1Art Plastique, Paris; catalogue.
  4. 1985  Book Published: The Structure of Chance – Photographic projects, commissions and film/video installations 1979/85. ISBN: 0946652058.
    Encylopedie Internationale des Photographs (A Nosjours, 1989).

1994 Book Published: Spirit of Nature; Poetry of the Earth, Devon Books,
ISBN: 0861148908. With support from the Countryside Commission and Devon County Council.

1996 Sightlines, Honiton Festival; catalogue with articles

1997 Poetry of Place, Usher Gallery , Lincoln; catalogue with articles.

  1. 1999  Surrey Hills, Landscape Assessment, publication, Countryside CommissionCommission (R Polley).
  2. 2000  Green Man in the Landscape, publication for touring exhibition with articles.

2003 Book Published: In Search of the Sacred: Selected photographic sketches, Commissions and projects. Cumbria Publishing, ISBN: 1-869979-12-5

2007 Book Published: Sequences: The Call of the Running Tide, Unipress Cumbria, ISBN: 978 1 869979 20 1.

2022 Book in production: Nature Reconstructed- Projects, Commissions and Installations 1980-2000, publishing date 2023



  1. 1982  Perspektief Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands Studio Evergreen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. 1983  Royal Photographic Society, Bath South Hill Park, BracknellReading Museum and Art Gallery Axiom, Cheltenham
  3. 1984  Woodland Art Gallery, London Swiss Cottage Library, LondonPrix Internationale Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium Galerie Junod, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Galerie Spectrum, Zaragoza, Spain
    Centre Culturel de la Villedieu, Paris, France
  4. 1985  E M Flint Gallery, Walsall, West Midlands Axiom, CheltenhamGallery Junod, Lausanne, Switzerland Photogallery, St Leonards on Sea
  5. 1986  Workshop Gallery, Chepstow
    The Barn, Willingham on Stow, Lincoln
  6. 1987  St David’s Hall, Cardiff; Mounthouse Gallery, MarlboroughNational Poetry Centre, London The Barbican Centre, London
  7. 1988  Dorset County Museum
    Butlin Gallery, Dillington College, Ilminster
  8. 1989  The Sheldown Gallery, Poole Plymouth Arts CentreMyles Meehan Gallery, Darlington

1992/93 Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Exeter Cathedral

Byron Gallery, Taunton
Art in the Countryside, Mamhead, Devon Spacex Gallery, Exeter

1994 Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery Burton Art Gallery, Bideford

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Art in the Countryside, Mamhead Exeter Cathederal

1996 Booth Natural History Museum, Brighton

  1. 1996  * ‘Sightlines’, Honiton Festival
  2. 1997  * ‘Poetry of Place’, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

1997 * ‘Earth Our Home’, Lincoln Cathedral Derriford Hospital Cancer Wing, Plymouth

1999 ‘Mapping Saltburn’, Saltburn Artist Studios, Saltburn Library

2000/01 ‘Revelations’
* Tullie House, Carlisle, Cumbria/Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

‘Green Man in the Landscape’
* Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria
* St Martin’s College, Ambleside
* Grafiskt Utbildingscentre, Uppsala, Sweden * Hagagymnasiet, Borlange, Sweden
* Poznan Academy of Fine Arts, Poland

2002 Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

2007 * Lowood Gallery, Cumbria * Group exhibitions



V&A Collection (Bookworks)
Usher Gallery Collection, Lincoln
The New Art Gallery Collection, Walsall The Brantwood Collection
Tullie House Fine Art Collection, Carlisle Dorset Museum
Dorset County Hospital
Freeman Hospital, Newcastle (in progress) University Hospitals Plymouth- Derriford Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Nevada Museum of Art, USA (in progress) Films in the BFI’S Film Archive Collection Films in the LUX Film and Video Collection