Tony Davis Exhibition at Pretty Green Leeds

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Days before the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar, fashion brand Pretty Green is hosting an exhibition of work by renowned football documentary photographer Tony Davis

The exhibition will take place within the Pretty Green Leeds store, kicking off on the 19th November, running throughout the World Cup, closing on the 19th December.

Tony Davis Exhibition at Pretty Green Leeds
England fans World Cup Italia 90. © Tony Davis
Tony Davis Exhibition at Pretty Green Leeds
England fans watch a dull 0-0 v Denmark Euros. Malmö, Sweden. 1992. © Tony Davis

With this World Cup widely criticised for being held in a nation with little, if any, football history, Pretty Green’s photographic exhibition of Tony’s work serves as a timely reminder of the depth of football culture and history here in the UK and around many other parts of the world. 

Tony Davis Exhibition at Pretty Green Leeds
England fans outside Wembley ahead of England’s Semi Final with Germany, Euro 96. © Tony Davis

During the 90s Tony undertook two major projects involving football grounds, Firstly ‘The Football Grounds of Great Britain’ and then later he rephotographed all the 92 again for an interactive installation at The National Football Museum.

Although known for his Rave images, football is his main passion. He photographed football and its fans between 1989-2005 extensively, not only in the UK but all around the world.

Tony Davis Exhibition at Pretty Green Leeds
Marocco fan frenzy as they watch their team score in the World Cup.. France 98. © Tony Davis
Mexico fans. World Cup USA 1994. Tony Davis Archive
The Twelfth Man’ Mexico fans getting ready for their game v Norway Washington DC. © Tony Davis
Tony Davis Exhibition at Pretty Green Leeds
Scotland v CIS Norrköping, Sweden, 92. © Tony Davis

Davis was born in Nottingham and studied photography in 1989-1991. His work has been featured widely in newspapers and magazines such as When Saturday Comes, 442, Total Sport, ID and The Face, and has had several publications with Café Royal Books

You can read Lower Block’s interview with Tony on photographing football fans in the 90s here, and prints of his work are available from British Culture Archive

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South Korea fans. World Cup USA 1994. Tony Davis Archive
South Korea fans cheer their team on at Foxboro Stadium Boston. © Tony Davis
Tony Davis Exhibition at Pretty Green Leeds
© Tony Davis X Pretty Green

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