1934 Born in London - 1992 Died in London
1948-50   Secretarial College
1979-81   Theory and Practice of Photography at Polytechnic of Central London
2017   Memory Cards, Shin Gallery, New York, NY
2016   Jo Spence, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
    Jo Spence: The Final Project, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, UK

2015   Jo Spence, BP Spotlight, Tate Britain, London, UK
2014   Jo Spence: A Survey, Frieze Masters, Spotlight Section, London, UK
2013   Jo Spence: Work (Part III) ‘The History Lesson’, White Columns, New York
    Jo Spence and Alexis Hunter, (curated by George Vasey), Richard Saltoun, London;

Galleria L’Elefante, Treviso, Italy

2012   Jo Spence: Work (Part I), SPACE, London, UK
    Jo Spence: Work (Part II), Studio Voltaire, London, UK

Jo Spence: Self Portraits, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK

2005-6   Jo Spence Beyond the Perfect Image, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
    Jo Spence Beyond the Perfect Image, Camera Austria, Granz, Austria

2005   Jo Spence: Beyond the Family Album and Other Projects, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Ireland
1996   Jo Spence: Early Work - The History Lesson and other projects, Sans Walk Gallery, Kingsway College, London, UK
    Jo Spence: The Art of Transgression, Toronto Photographers Workshop Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1995   Jo Spence: The Healing Camera, The Third Gallery, Aya Osaka, Japan
    Jo Spence: Matters of Concern - collaborative images 1982 -1992, Royal Festival Hall, London and Impressions Gallery, York, UK
    Jo Spence: Photographs, Out of the Blue Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland and KJP Gallery, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
1991   Missing Persons / Damaged Lives. Jo Spence: Recent Collaborative Works, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

Jo Spence Collaborative Works, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (touring in Melbourne, Victorian Centre for Photography; Sydney, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney; Adelaide, Experimental Art Foundation), Australia


Sexual Difference: Both Sides of the Camera (with Terry Dennett), Miriam and Ira Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, USA

1985   Jo Spence: Review of Work 1950-1985, Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, Cambridge, UK (touring show)
1979   Beyond the Family Album, Jo Spence Photography Workshop, London, UK
2018   Women look at women, Curated by Paola Ugolini, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, UK

Jo Spence,,MIART, Stand B23, Milano, Italy

2017   Here we are, Old Sessions House, London, UK

Tread Softly,Bothy Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK


EXITUS – Death, Grief and Melancholy,TGalleri F15, Moss, Norway

2016   Flesh: Skin and Surface York Art Gallery, York, UK

Teesside World Exposition of Art and Technology,Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK


In a Dream You Saw a Way To Survive and You Were Full Of Joy,Hayward Gallery, London, UK. This exhibition travelled to: The Whitworth, University of Manchester, UK; De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea, UK; and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, UK

2015   All Men Become Sisters Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

Liberties,Collyer Bristow LLP, London, UK


Not yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism,Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain


Past Caring,University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

2014   Artevida política [politics], Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Jo Spence: A Survey,Frieze Masters, Spotlight Section – Stand S1, London, UK


Your Tongue In My Mouth,Stanley Picker Gallery, London, UK


Keywords,Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK


Living Loss: The Experience of Illness in Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, curated by Fiona Kearney in association with the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, Ireland

2012   Family Matters, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK
    Artery, 1971-1984 Rob Tufnell, London, UK

Auto/Pathographies, curated by Tamar Tembeck, OBORO, Montréal, Canada

2011   Unsettled Objects, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK
2007   Documenta 12, documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, Germany
2000   Protest and Survive, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
1996   Public Domain, Centre d’Art de Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain

Matters of Concern: Collaborative Images, 1982-1992, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK


Body Politics by Rosy Martin, Jo Spence & Shari Caroline Diamond, PS 122 Gallery, New York, USA

    Renegotiations: Class, Modernity and Photography, Norwich Gallery, UK
1992   Real Stories: Revisions in Documentary and Narrative Photography, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
1991   Exploring the Unknown Self: Self-Portraits of Contemporary Women, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
1989   Through the Looking Glass, Barbican Gallery, London, UK
1987   Staging the Self, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
1985   The Picture of Health, Photography Workshop, London, UK (touring show)
1982   Family Fantasy and Photography: The Polysnappers, Cockpit Gallery, London, UK (touring show)
1979   Three Perspectives on Photography, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
    Who’s Holding the Baby: Hackney Flashers Collective, distributed by Photography Workshop Ltd, London, UK

Jo Spence: The Final Project, Dennett, Terry, Spence, Jo, Jacobs, Clarissa, Tobin, Amy, Epps, Philomena, London, Ridinghouse, 2013


Jo Spence: Work (Part I & II), Pieroni, Paul, Scotland, Joe, Shelley, Louise, Vasey, George eds., London, SPACE and Studio Voltaire, 2012


Not Our Class, Studio Voltaire, Issue 1, May 2012


Jo Spence: Beyond the perfect Image. Photography, Subjectivity, Antagonism, Dávila, Mela ed., Barcelona, MACBA Exhibition catalogue, 2005


Jo Spence: Cultural Sniping: The Art of Transgression, Stanley, Jo ed., London, Routledge, 1995


Family Snaps: the Meanings of Domestic Photography, Spence, Jo and Holland, Patricia, London, Virago, 1990

What Can a Woman Do with a Camera?, Soloman, Joan and Spence, Jo, London, Scarlett Press, 1995

Putting Myself in the Picture, Spence, Jo, London, Camden Press, 1986


Photography/Politics: Two, Holland, Patricia, Spence, Jo, and Watney, Simon, London, Comedia/Photography Workshop, 1986


Photography/Politics: One, Dennett, Terry, Evans, David, Gohl, Sylvia and Spence, Jo, London, Photography Workshop, 1979


Photography Guidelines, Greenhill, Richard, Murray, Maggie, and Spence, Jo, London, Macdonald, 1978