Jo is a Hertfordshire based film and darkroom photographer with an interest in alternative processes and techniques including lith, cyanotype, salt printing and chemigrams. Jo’s photographic practice focuses upon constructed realities photography. Influenced by the visual style, mood and atmosphere of film noir, Jo uses dolls house furniture and models, found objects and photo collage to construct and capture photographic moments or stories. Jo is a RPS 100 photographic heroines nominee and a current 2020 grant recipient of the Richard and Siobhan Coward Photography Foundation.
Recent exhibitions include:
April 2020 Fleur and Arbor, online magazine feature ‘Dolls House Drama’ series. http://www.fleurandarbor.com/home/2020/4/21/jo-stapleton-dolls-house-drama
March 2020 to June 2020. Shutterhub ‘Postcards from Great Britain’ Hotel Lion d’Or, Haarlem, Holland. Group exhibition. 3 Lith print images selected from the series ‘the train people’ a series of images featuring the miniature figurines that inhabit model railways.
January – March 2020. Reclaim Photography Festival, international Exhibition ‘Beauty in Imperfection. Light House Media Centre. Wolverhampton. Two Lith print images from the series ‘found objects’ selected for exhibition https://reclaimphotographyfestival.org/reclaim-photography-festival-2019
5 October 2019. London Independent Photography Network. Delivered interactive workshop session to coincide with annual members exhibition – DO TRY THIS AT HOME – alternative processes without a darkroom – Cyanotypes, Anthotypes and Chlorophyll printing – a one hour practical introduction to a range of lo-fi alternative photographic processes that can be produced at home.
May 2019 to February 2020. RPS Heroines Hub ‘Representations on the Line
‘(Un)framing our identities’. Group touring exhibition which traveled from Chelsea, to Blackpoll and Doncaster. A series of 6 C-prints from the series ‘small world in colour’ included in the exhibition.
29 September 2018: Reinventing, rethinking and representing the menopause: beyond the interdisciplinary paradigm. Art at the Alison Richards Building (Cambridge University) Online exhibition. ‘Purpose’ and ‘Wrapped’ Lith prints (produced from paper distressed negatives), included in the exhibition. www.arbart.crassh.cam.ac.uk/rethinking-the-menopause-exhibition/
July to 31 August 2018/July to November 2019 ‘Because we can’ Group Shutterhub exhibition at Pil’ours, Festival international de la photographie pour les femmes photographes professionnels, France. Four original chemigram prints included in the exhibition (2018) Two Lith print images from the ‘Dolls House Drama’ series included in the Pil’ours, Festival international de la photographie exhibition (2019).