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It’s like he’s never been away

13 May 2011 by Sam

man standing by framed photo on the wall

Ian Boland with Paul Trevor’s photo of him and his friend in the kids’ den

Imagine what it feels like. It’s Liverpool in the mid 1970s and you and your mates are still in school. A photographer moves into the area for a few months on his first job away from London to get some pictures of the area. You’re curious about this strange man with a camera and over the months you and your community get to know and trust him, so much so that you invite him into the ‘kids’ den’ – an empty garage where you sit on old car seats and listen to records with your mates.

Over 30 years later you are invited to the Walker Art Gallery to see an exhibition featuring photographs of your old childhood friends and haunts taken by that stranger from London – who in the intervening years has become a successful photographer. Your name, your photograph and pictures of your friends are adorning the walls where great works of art, from Old Masters to the contemporary stars of the John Moores competition have previously hung.

It must be quite a lot to take in. Read more…

Street photography in London and Liverpool

1 March 2011 by Sam

photo of a man sitting in front of mannequins

Cheshire Street, E2, 1986 © Paul Trevor. All rights reserved.

There seems to have been an explosion of interest in street photography in recent years. The ease and convenience of digital photography has meant that anyone can snap candid shots and share them on social media. However the Museum of London’s rather excellent London Street Photography exhibition shows that it isn’t a recent phenomena. The exhibition includes photos dating back 150 years.

The Victorians it seems were just as interested in documenting life around them as we are now. I perhaps shouldn’t have been surprised to have seen so many incredibly fresh shots by John Thomson – he was after all the photographer responsible for my favourite exhibition of last year, China through the lens 1868-1872 at the Maritime Museum. A pioneering photojournalist, his scenes such as the encounter between ‘Hookey Alf’ and a young girl are bursting with life and characters. There are also some remarkable shots by unknown amateur photographers on show, taken from albums in the museum’s collection. Read more…

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