Nicky Akehurst, Akehurst Creative Management, independent gallerist and curator, has over 30 years’ experience in providing management and consultancy services to photographers, exhibition organisers, publishers and curators of private and public collections.

We support photographers by acting in a management role; we pursue opportunities for their work to be exhibited, licensed or placed with established galleries/collections and we handle copyright and legal issues. Our corporate and institutional clients, publishers and collectors benefit from our ability to locate and acquire suitable prints or negotiate reproduction rights.

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Akehurst Press

A portfolio range of postcard packs, ephemera and design curios, – with a main emphasis on contemporary photography, but including design, visual arts, architecture, social documentary, counter-culture or just plain quirky. All artist inspired, well-designed limited print runs of products that are tactile and hand finished that we hope will become coveted and kept

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Exhibitions and Recent News

Sister Faustina Appears in Londonewry 1993 by Sean Hillen

‘Border Town Exhibition’

Images from Seán Hillen’s Troubles series are included in the exhibition

Newry & Mourne Museum; ‘Bagenal’s Castle’, Ireland

The exhibition runs through 2016

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Charlie Phillips

Seán Hillen, Merging Views, Documentary

23 November 2016
Showing as part of an evening of "Irish Short Films at the
Regent Street Cinema, London

10mins 30sec / Dir: Paddy Cahill / Prod: Tal Green

This portrait observes artist Seán Hillen as he creates a beautiful new photomontage. He shares thoughts about his work and recent personal discovery.

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Charlie Phillips

Charlie Phillips on Radio Three's 'Private Passions'.

Charlie Phillips was the guest on Private Passions on 20 November 2016. He talks about his photography, his passion for opera, and about the racism he encountered when he first arrived in Britain. And although Charlie Phillips has now left West London, he goes back to Notting Hill almost every day - he can't afford to live there any more, but it's where he feels most at home.

Musical Choices include Verdi, Puccini, Dave Brubeck, and a rarely-performed opera by the African-American composer Scott Joplin, about the importance of education in the black community. Phillips also loves hymns and chooses "How Great Thou Art", a rousing evangelical hymn he has planned for his own funeral.

Click Here to listen online (for limited period only)

Hillary Clinton by Karin Rosenthal, 1967

Karin Rosenthal's 1967 photograph featured in The Guardian

A photograph by Karin Rosenthal of Hillary Clinton at a demonstration from 1967 featued in an article in The Guardian, 21 October 2016.

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London Liquor Co by John Claridge

John Claridge At East London Liquor Co.

Feature on John Claridge's work by The Gentle Author in Spitalfields Life.

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Recent News

Into the Night by John Claridge

John Claridge's Other World

Feature on John Claridge's work by The Gentle Author in Spitalfields Life.

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Chet Baker by John Claridge

John Claridge's best photograph: Chet Baker lost in memory

Feature article in The Guardian, 17 August 2016


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'Whitechapel Bell Foundry' by John Claridge

John Claridge - Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Cafe Royal Books

36 pages
b/w digital
14cm x 20cm
Edition of 200


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'India in the 70s' by John Claridge

John Claridge - India in the 70s
Cafe Royal Books

24 pages
b/w digital
14cm x 20cm
colour digital
Edition of 200


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Charlie Phillips

Photographing Britain's Black History

An evening of photography and chat with Ian Johns and Charlie Phillips about being Black photographers and activists in Manchester and London.

6 October 2016 (5.30pm - 7.30pm)

Manchester Central Library
Performance Space
Ground Floor
St Peter’s Square

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Muhammed Ali Zurich 1971 (c) Charlie Phillips

Charlie Phillips discusses Muhammad Ali

Charlie's interview on Ali with 'The One Show' aired on 6 June 2016 on BBC1.

The tribute to Ali runs 19.15 - 28.50. Charlie appears throughout

Two old men and a marine commando, Sugar Island, Newry, Co Down 12 July (c) 1985 by Sean Hillen

Seán Hillen: Melancholy Witness

Prints from the National Gallery of Ireland
The exhibition will runs until 29 October 2016
Carroll Gallery
Sean Hollywood Art Centre,Newry

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Who is My Enemy by Sean Hillen

Seán Hillen: Melancholy Witness

Exhibition created as part of the Westport Arts Festival
29 September to 30 October 2016
The Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, Ireland.

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Click Here for details of the festival.


John Claridge, East End

Across the Tracks: John Claridge

27 September to 19 October 2016
Opening with introduction by The Gentle Author
from Spitalfields Life, 27 September 2016.

The Society Club
2 Ingestre Place

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Charlie Phillips

Re-Focused and Exposed: Charlie Phillips in Conversation

In conversation with Professor Augustus John, Charlie Phillips will give an insight into a life lived almost entirely through photography, his inspired regard for art photographers including Cartier-Bresson, the heady days as an international paparazzi and 50 years spent documenting the African-Caribbean community.

16 October 2016 (2pm - 5pm), including afternoon tea.

V&A Museum, London

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Notting Hill Couple by Charlie Phillips, 1967

Documentary Screening
Beyond the Photo, includes Charlie Phillips interviews
Brighton Photo Fringe 2016.

27 October 2016

NOTE: We regret to inform you that this event has had to be cancelled.

Four Ideas for a New Town by Sean Hillen

Seán Hillen - Exhibitions

'The Easter Uprising in Contemporary Art'
Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
24 June to 24 August 2016

Galway City Museum
September 2016 (more information near to the time)

Four Ideas for a New Town by Sean Hillen

Landskrona Foto: View Ireland

Images from Sean Hillen's Irelantis series are featured in the exhibition
30 June – 25 September 2016
Landskrona museum 30 June – 25 September 2016

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John Claridge

John Claridge interviews and articles, May and June 2016

'Corsets and Chickens: the East End in the 1960s'
Article in The Guardian, 17 June 2016

Interview with Tim Arthur on the Robert Elms programme (BBC Radio London), 1 June 2016. The interview is between 43 and 54 minutes into the programme which can be heard or downloaded as a podcast at:

Interview by Sophie Parkin for Advantages of Age

Article 'Haunting Photos Of The East End' on

Article by The Gentle Author in The New Statesman

Outside the Piss House Pub, 1968 by Charlie Phillips

An Ideal For Living: Photographing Class, Culture and Identity in Modern Britain

Images by Charlie Phillips are included in the exhibition.

Beetles+Huxley Gallery
27th July - 17th September, 2016

For more information:

The exhibition is reviewed in following online journals:

BBC Culture

The Guardian



British Journal of Photography


John Claridge, The Arch, 1968

Current Exhibition:
John Claridge - East End

6th to 17th September 2016
Mind's Eye, Galerie Adrian Bondy
221 rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris

Click Here for further details on a pdf press release.

Click Here for a feature on the gens d'image website.


East End (cover) by John Claridge

John Claridge's East End

VOUT-O-RENEES, 30 Prescot St, Aldgate, E1 8BB
Exhibition runs until 21 July 2016


Published by Spitalfields Life Books, 2 June 2016
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Sister Faustina Appears in Londonewry 1993 by Sean Hillen

‘Old school photographer advises student snappers to take art in another direction’

Press report by Daniel Kraemer on Charlie Phillips, at the opening of 'Colliding Worlds' exhibition at Portman Gallery. Published in East End Citizen, April 2016.

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Hot Pies, E2, 1982 by John Claridge

John Claridge images and blogs on Spitalfields Life

Spitalfields Life has a series of blogs about John Claridge's work in the run-up to the publication of his book, East End.

Click Here for the lates of these blogs.

Follow these links for new portfolios of John Claridge's images.

A Couple of Pints

Cafe Society

Nation of Shopkeepers

At Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Contemplation by Karin Rosenthal

Karin Rosenthal: Journeying Within the Human Landscape
Artist's Talk

5 May to 12 June 2016

Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Rd
MA 01890

For more information:

For a review at the Boston Globe:

For a review on Elin Spring’s Photography Blog

Whats Wrong with the GPO - Sean-Hillen

Seán Hillen feature and interview in The Irish Post, 14 May 2016

Click Here for the online article

Click Here for the prnt article (pdf)

Charlie Phillips, Notting Hill Couple, 1967

Time Out's '40 Best Photos of London Ever Taken'

Charlie Phillips' Notting Hill Couple, 1967 was chosen by Time Out magazine in this feature..

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Ford, E13, 1961 by John Claridge

John Claridge's East End: Lonely Place

A new feature in Spitalfields Life, 25 May 2016

Click Here for the website feature with 20 images.

Click Here for further information and portfolios of John's work.

History Ireland with Sean Hillen cover

Seán Hillen image used for cover of History Ireland magazine

One of Sean's collages appears as front cover of History Ireland March/April 2016

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