Join us for a one-day symposium accompanying Museums Sheffield’s new exhibition at the Graves Gallery, Street View: Photographs of Urban Life.

Featuring images primarily drawn from Sheffield’s own photographs collection, the exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of artistic inspiration. Visitors will discover a range of works which, in many cases, have not been exhibited for over 20 years.

This symposium will contextualise the exhibition within the broader theme of street photography and the long-term development of photography in Sheffield. It also aims to emphasise the importance of UK-wide photography networks to continued development and research in the field. The symposium will offer the first chance to find out about the Photographic Collections Network. This is a new organisation, supported by Arts Council England, for anyone involved with photography archives and collections. It launches in October 2016 and Paul Herrmann, one of the co-founders, will give more information about its aims and plans.

Speakers will include Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum), Simon Roberts (UK-based contemporary photographer), Paul Herrmann (Director, RedEye: The Photography Network and Chairman of the Photographic Collections Network), Paul Hill (UK-based photographer and Professor of Photography) and Ken Phillip (Sheffield-based photographer and former Lecturer of Photography, Sheffield Hallam University).

The symposium will be followed by a special evening viewing of the Street View exhibition 5.45pm-7.45pm with curator Catherine Troiano. 

Tickets are priced 12 / £10 concessions and are available now – please book via Eventbrite

For further information please contact Catherine Troiano: c.troiano@vam.ac.uk 

My photograph, ‘Fountains Fell, Yorkshire Dales, 2008’, from We English, has just entered the Sheffield Museum Collection and is included in the group show Street View: Photographs of Urban Life.

This exhibition explores how photographers have captured city life on camera in Sheffield, around the UK and abroad, bringing together a series of highlights from the collection, many of which have not been on display for over 20 years.

The invention of smaller, lighter hand-held cameras in the late 19th century enabled photographers to escape the restrictions of the studio and take their practice onto the street. Ever since, the street has appeared in photographs as both a primary subject and an informative backdrop, contextualising the rest of the scene. This exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of artistic inspiration.

Street View showcases photographs by both internationally recognised photographers and local artists. The images on display span the everyday to the extraordinary, from familiar depictions of work and leisure to images of national celebration and political activism.

The exhibition is supported by loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Hyman Collection.

This exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Foyle Foundation.

 

Castle Market, Sheffield, UK. 2nd March 2012 from the series 120 Seconds.