Over the past two years, mentors from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) have helped a group of homeless photographers develop their skills and produce a portfolio of their work. Examples of the work of twelve photographers are now on display at the Tate Library in Brixton.
Taken during the lockdown and depicting images of London, the work reflects a diverse set of subjects and, to a lesser extent, techniques. Portraits; streetscapes; architecture; plant, animal and avian life, are all presented in a lively and engaging exhibition. The result is an interesting mix of styles and content. Images of Speakers’ Corner, London landmarks and street life rub shoulders with hyper-detailed shots of flora and fauna that appear almost like 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.
RPS provides mentors and training, and Cafe Art provides 100 Fujifilm Quicksnap cameras. Photographers have seven days to take pictures of life in London.
The My London Calendar is sold as a street newspaper with income going to vendors and photographers.
This exhibition is an offshoot of this project and includes works selected by the photographers themselves.
The show is free and takes place at the Tate Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ until January 29.
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday / Tuesday / Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
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