John Christie

born 1945

John Christie, ‘Homage to Ursonate’ 1981
Homage to Ursonate 1981
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In Tate Britain


John Christie has worked as both a visual artist and a broadcast film-maker over the years. As a maker of artists’ books since 1975, he has produced more than 20 limited editions for both the renowned Circle Press and his own imprint Objectif. He co-authored, with John Berger, the award-winning book I Send You This Cadmium Red. His prints, drawings and artists’ books are in many collections worldwide including the Tate Gallery, the V&A, the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, New York Public Library and the National Library of Australia.

As a director/cameraman his art-related TV programmes include Another Way of Telling, a BBC series on photography made in collaboration with John Berger and Jean Mohr; Salvage of Soho Photographer, a C4 documentary on John Deakin and First Hand, a series of seven films based on literary manuscripts from the British Library. As a lighting cameraman he filmed Ian Breakwell's Continuous Diary (C4), 40 Years of Modern Art (Tate), Ian Breakwell's Public Face/Private Eye (C4), David Mach - From Hill to Castle (BBC2), "David Nash - At the Edge of the Forest (BBC Wales) and The Other Side Ian Breakwell's installation produced by Anna Ridley and shown at the De La Warr Pavilion and Tate Britain.

John Christie was one of the four founder members of the award-winning East Anglian publisher Full Circle Editions and also of the FlipSide literary and music festival held at the Aldeburgh Music complex, Snape Maltings, every autumn.

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