Colin Reiners

Born Cheshire, England

Colin Reiners is one of the generation of British photographers that includes

Sue Packer, Chris Killip, Martin Parr and Daniel Meadows.  Inspired by Tony Ray Jones and Paul Hill, he became part of the documentary movement of the 1970s.

Originally trained as a chemist, he worked as a designer and photographer, exhibiting widely undertaking editorial commissions.

After studying with Bill Brandt at the Royal College of Art, Reiners continued to show work of a documentary nature, influenced by surrealism, but increasingly became involved with theory and teaching.  Withdrawing from public exhibition, he continued to experiment and work on self-directed projects. Anthropological in nature and ironic in temper, recent work attempts the return to observational capture, sequencing and visual cliché.

Reiners established a range of undergraduate programmes in Photography, Community Arts, Fine Art and Media, at Bradford, Staffordshire, Hull and Lincoln,

Universities, working with, among others,  Mike Berry, Paul Hill, Joy Gregory, Geoff Cox, Ian Macmillan, Ivan Osbourne, Paul Jobling, Rod Shone, Paul Reas and John Holden.


Selected Group Exhibitions

Victoria & Albert Museum – Household Choices.

Design in Domestic Consumption, 1990

The Miners World (Arts Council) 1986


Impressions Gallery York

Untitled Gallery Sheffield

DLI Durham

European venues 1987

Midland Group Photography 1979


Serpentine Gallery London

West Midlands Postcard Exhibition

Young contemporaries Photography

Photography RCA Gulbenken Hall 1


Individual exhibitions

Ex-Maceleria 2013 Pontremoli Italy

Ironbridge Gorge Museum

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Avoncroft Museum

Derby Art gallery

Walsall Art Gallery

Much Wenlock

Usher Gallery Lincoln

Warwick gallery

Bedworth Civic Hall

Hexagon Gallery -Midlands Art Centre

County Museum –Warwick

Aston University Library

Kidderminster Art Gallery

Burslem Leisure Centre

Foley college of FE

Newark Museum

Wolverhampton Polytechnic

New 57 Gallery –Edinburgh

Harrow College of Art & Technology

Belvoir : A View of the Valle

Nottingham Midland Group

Brewery Arts Gallery- Kendal

Kimberlin Hall- De Montfort University

City Art Gallery-Peterborough

Hunting (Midlands Group Touring)


Bingley in Photographs

Bradford Museums & Libraries,