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James Hyman and Tory Turk

The Hyman Archive... the story so far

For more than 30 years, James Hyman has passionately collected magazines and printed ephemera. Six years ago, he decided to take on the Herculean task of archiving his collection with Tory Turk. One year after their cataloguing the collection secured the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Collection of Magazines’.

Together they plan to digitise and preserve the archive’s content. In a current abusive digital landscape, the disruptive task aims to protect the copyright holders’ work whilst making the incredible content available as a rich resource for all.

About James Hyman

Hailed as a ‘pop culturalist’ by the BBC, James Hyman has a long career firmly embedded on the cutting edge of popular culture. As an offshoot - which has developed into his raison d’etre - he has become a collector-extraordinaire of popular culture in print, holding the Guinness Record for ‘The Largest Collection of Magazines in the World’.

Twenty-five enthusiastic years in the media industries - from broadcast (both presenting and producing on MTV, Xfm, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the BBC) to music, and from film to print - have helped him to amass what has been referred to as ‘a walk in Google’.

In the 80s, James joined MTV in the channel’s European launch year whilst simultaneously studying at London Guildhall University where he graduated with a First Class Honours in Film & Media. As senior producer/director on all MTV dance & club culture programming, his shows were broadcast to a potential audience of 60 million households. Featuring over 500 in-depth interviews with music-makers such as Kylie Minogue, The Prodigy, Goldie, Paul Oakenfold and Aphex Twin - capturing many at early or pivotal moments in their careers - James’s catalogue of MTV work helped him to create a huge fan-base.

He presented Xfm radio shows ‘The Rinse’ and Sony-nominated ‘The Remix’ which popularized key music trends such as ‘mash-ups’. The demand for his private DJ-ing grew internationally and to date he has played exclusively for the likes of Britney Spears, James Brown, Madonna and Will Smith and at events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Glastonbury.

His independently-produced broadcast work includes BBC Radio 2’s ‘My Way’ documentary which included interviews with Donald Trump and David Bowie. As a music supervisor, James’s work involves sourcing and licensing tracks for film, TV and commercials and he has also edited and produced over 200 pop videos for the likes of Fatboy Slim, Moby, New Order and Prince which led to him pioneering his Video Megamix format for MTV and the BBC’s music station, Play UK.

His talents have been endorsed by such luminaries as Quentin Tarantino ["James Hyman knows more about music than me"] and Kanye West ["One of the illest DJs because he really listens to music"].

About Tory Turk

Tory Turk is an independent exhibition curator, specialising in style and popular culture and she has been working with the Hyman Archive since 2011.
After completing the Cultural Studies BA at Sussex, Tory went on to gain an MA in Fashion Curation at The University of the Arts. She was subsequently awarded an Arts Grant to realise her MA thesis exhibition project and she is now a recognized figure in the exhibition curating field.

Tory has curated several exhibitions at London’s revered Somerset House including the recent ‘Print Matters’ - also shown at The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) - and she co-curated ‘The Jam: About The Young Idea’. Other recent projects include ‘Style Sharing’ at KCC, ‘A Street Style Journey’ at the Londonewcastle Project Space, ‘Moving Mountains’ at Somerset House and ‘Legends of the Martini’ at the Royal Academy. Coming up in 2017, Tory will curate ‘Visible Girls: Revisited’, supported by the Arts Council of England it launches in Hull and is part of the City of Culture celebrations.

An accomplished public speaker, Tory has recently participated in ‘Data Detectives’ at Somerset House Big Bang Data exhibition and at the Courtauld ‘Fashion Utopias’ Symposium. Earlier this year, she presented a street style guide for the BBC and she has made several other TV appearances on the BBC, ITN and YTN (Korean News). Press highlights include feature coverage in Stylist Magazine, i-D, Tatler, Company Magazine, The Independent and The Observer.
In November 2013 she was shortlisted for the Creative Enterprise Award for ‘Freelancer of the Year’ and in February 2015 she received a special mention in the Curation Category for ‘Style Sharing’ by The British Council and British Fashion Council.

As well as her work with the Hyman Archive, she has managed large-scale archive projects for session hair-stylist Sam McKnight and make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury.