“Streets and their sidewalks – the main public places of a city – are its most vital organs”
Jane Jacobs, Patron Saint of Contemporary Urbanism
One of the most interesting aspects of street photography is the candid nature with which images are captured in public places. It allows photographers to record the true state of the human condition by watching how society acts when it thinks that nobody is watching.
All of the images in this exhibition have been taken within towns and cities. They represent a contemporary record of urban life, but they are also testament to mankind’s ingenuity in adapting to new and challenging environments.
Some of our photographers have chosen to capture mundane everyday scenes that can be witnessed in any metropolitan environment. Others have approached the theme from a far more serious angle and have portrayed our cities as a political environment choosing to highlight their concerns with inequality and the importance of political activism.
Some photographs depict an emotional reaction to urban life and focus on a more romantic attachment to a location. Others have chosen to portray the drama and contrast of architectural styles and familiar architectural landmarks.
What these photographs all have in common is the fact that they provide a commentary on the reality of life in communities built to meet the needs of the industrial age.
Marie Aldridge, Claire Atkinson, Xyza Bacani, Ian Charters, Catherine Dipper, Chau Doan, Stefanie Forbes, Wu Hao, Sheila Haycox, Gearóid Hayes, Joerg Karrenbauer, Jon Kehoe (Jaykoe), Tove Lauluten, Ray Lightfoot, Violetta Liska, Richard Mills, Zlatko Milojicic, Henning S Petersen, Yongning Qian, Suzanne Radke, Smita Sharma, Kurt Skeels, Bev Stein, Vanessa Teran, Aaron Trice, Edgaras Vaicikevicius, Ian Walker, Louise Ward, Maurice Wilson, Karl Wood, Katie Woore