The Hyman Collection formed by Claire and James Hyman presently consists of over three thousand artworks in all media with an emphasis on photography from its earliest days in the nineteenth century through to contemporary practice.

Their new website on British photography in the Hyman Collection is located here:

Claire Hyman Birthday Party Trafalgar Hotel London

Claire and James first began collecting art together in the mid 1990s focused, initially, on British artists from the School of London to young British artists (yBas).

Their early purchases included Anya Gallaccio’s most famous work, a floor of ten thousand fragrant English tea roses, entitled Red on Green, which has been exhibited around the world.


Since then, they have continued to collect internationally in all media, from the life-size original Spitting Image puppets….

…. to large-scale works by Zhang Huan….

… but the collection has increasingly focused on photography….


Dr. Claire Hyman

Claire qualified in dentistry from Manchester in 1995 and went on to gain her Fellowship in Dentistry at The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1998. In 2000 Claire was accepted as a Specialist in Oral Surgery and is an active member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons. For the past 10 years Claire has worked as an Oral Surgeon for the Royal Free NHS Trust. She also works in private practice.

Dr. James Hyman


James is an art historian and art dealer. He received his doctorate from the Courtauld Institute in London, where he subsequently taught. His first book, The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001) was shortlisted for the W. B. Berger Prize for studies in British Art History and remains the most important academic study of figurative painting in Britain in the twentieth century.

James is a former Treasurer of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA, British Section) and member of the Executive of the Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD). He was a sponsor and judge of the National Media Museum bursary awards for photography.

He serves on the Executive Board of the Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD) and is Chair of the Membership Committee. He was formerly on the Advisory Board of 20/21 British Art Fair and is on the Advisory Board of Photo London at Somerset House, London and is on the Board of The London Art Fair.

All photographs on this blog are copyright the artist or copyright James Hyman 2015.