Sugar Paper Theories

  • kristjan 9

    by Jack Latham

  • Hlynur Þór Magnússon, Reykholar

    by Jack Latham

  • Gísli Guðjónsson, Hafnarfjörður

    by Jack Latham

Sugar Paper Theories
Jack Latham

12 October - 22 December 2019
RPS House, Bristol

Sugar Paper Theories sees Bristol based photographer Jack Latham, immerse himself in the most controversial murder investigation in Icelandic history, the Guðmundur and Geirfinnur case. From meeting key protagonists to locating and photographing key sites of the investigation, the project brings together original photographs with a range of archival and documentary materials to explore the fundamental relationship between photography and truth.

From police files to conspiracy theories, forensic science to the notion of ‘Memory Distrust Syndrome,’ Latham’s project plays on issues of certainty and uncertainty, the unreliability of memory, and the power of suggestion.

Sugar Paper Theories has only previously been exhibited at Reykjavik Museum of Photography. The show presented at The Royal Photographic Society is an enlarged version, with new work created especially for this exhibition.



Film Screening: 24 October, 6.30pm
Out of Thin Air and Q&A with film director Dylan Howitt. 

Sugar Paper Theories: Panel Discussion. 16 November, 2pm - 4pm
Erla Bolladóttir, Gísli Guðjónsson CBE, Professor of Forensic Psychology, and Jack Latham discuss false confessions, police coercion and the role of photography in documenting crime. Chair led by Dr Mark Rawlinson. 

Gallery Tour with Curator Mark Rawlinson16 November, 12pm - 1pm

Meet the Artist: Jack Latham. 7 December, 2.30pm – 4.30pm  

Book online

Sugar Paper Theories Photobook 
The exhibition coincides with the launch of an updated edition of Sugar Paper Theories, published by Here Press and supported by the RPS. The first edition, published in 2016, quickly sold out and appeared on many influential curators’ and artists’ books of the year list. 

This updated, second edition features a new cover and additional texts by those at the centre of the investigation, reflecting the huge changes that have taken place within the case following the 2018 appeal to the Icelandic Supreme Court. Available from the RPS. RRP: £45

Exhibition Learning Online
The RPS, in partnership with PhotoPedagogy, has developed an online teaching resource which explores the key themes in Sugar Paper Theories. View online.

Artist Bio
Jack Latham (b.1989) is a Bristol based photographer. He is the author of several photobooks; A Pink Flamingo (2015)Sugar Paper Theories (2016) and Parliament of Owls (2019). His work has been exhibited internationally including solo shows at Reykjavik Museum of Photography and TJ Boulting Gallery, London. Latham’s projects have received multiple awards including the Bar-Tur Photobook award (2015), Image Vevey Heidi. News Prize (2019) and most recently, BJP International Photography Award (2019). 

Featured images courtesy of National Archives Iceland and Jack Latham


Exhibition Venue and Opening Hours 
The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3AR
Tel: 0117 316 4450
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Thursday 10am to 6pm
Friday 11am to 7pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am to 5pm 

£5 adult, £3 concession, Under 18s free
Tickets available from the venue

Free Fridays 
Free entry for students every Friday (with valid ID). Open until 7pm 

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