Over the past two years mentors from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) have been helping a group of photographers, who have been affected by homelessness, to develop their skills and produce a portfolio of work. Examples from the work of twelve photographers are now on show in Brixton’s Tate Library.
Taken during lockdown and depicting images of London, the work reflects a diverse set of subjects and, to a lesser degree, of techniques. Portraits; streetscapes; architecture; plant, animal and bird life, are all on show in a lively and engaging exhibition. The result is an interesting mix of styles and content. Images from Speakers’ Corner, of London landmarks and street life, sit alongside hyper-detailed shots of flora and fauna which appear almost as abstract compositions.
This initiative was part of “My London” – a project run by Cafe Art to support and empower people affected by homelessness through an annual competition to produce a calendar.
The RPS provide the mentors and training and Cafe Art provide 100 Fujifilm Quicksnap film cameras. The photographers have seven days to take photos of life in London.
The My London calendar is sold like a street newspaper with income going to the vendors and the photographers.
This show is an off-shoot of that project and includes work selected by the photographers themselves.
The show is free and runs in the Tate Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ until 29 January.
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm Monday/Tuesday/Thursday, 11am – 6pm Wednesday and Friday and 9am -5pm Saturday.
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