John Davies was born, in Sedgefield, Co. Durham, in 1949, and lives at Liverpool.
He is placed in the sphere of contemporary documentary photography, and is internationally known for the lucid manner in which he faces the rural and urbanized landscape. Starting in the mid ‘70s, with an analysis of the “wild” beauty of the British isles (Mist Mountain Water Wind, 1985; Skylines, 1993), in the 80’s he began an articulate documentation of the urban landscape by concentrating on the changes caused by the post-industrial era (A Green & Pleasant Land, 1986, Cross Currents, 1992). He began his intense expository activities in European museums and galleries with the exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts of London in 1977. His works are conserved in various public collections in Europe and the United States, among which, the Victoria & Albert Museum of London, the Arts Council of England, the Bibliothèque Nationale and the FNAC (Fonds National d’Art Contemporian) of Paris, the Museum of Modern Art of New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Antwerp Museum voor Fotografie, the National Museum and Galleries of Wales.