Jewellery Quarter welcomes acclaimed photographer


Tom Hunter commissioned by local BIDs and library.

An award-wining photographer that has works in New York’s MoMa and the National Portrait Gallery has undertaken a project to create a photographic body of work focused on Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

London-based photographer Tom Hunter will photograph people and businesses within the Quarter for the project, called Findings, which launched in January.

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He has been commissioned to make the new body of work exploring and revealing places and spaces in the Jewellery Quarter and the Colmore Business District.

Hunter will use an old fashioned pinhole camera to shoot his subjects, mounted on a wooden tripod.

He will visit sites in the Quarter including the Birmingham School of Art and Birmingham Assay Office.

He said: “For me this project is a journey back into the country’s industrial heritage and at the same time a personal journey into my own history.

"Many of the buildings I have photographed are monuments to this industrial past, showing us the fingerprints of working lives and the products that these endeavours created and from them a way of life and culture. I have always been attracted to these shrines from a disappearing world, a world my grandfather was meshed too, with his engineering company in Birmingham. A world I have explored through photography in Hackney Wick, where the industrial landscape became a playground for the dispossessed, and is now reincarnated as an Olympic wonderland."

An exhibition of the Findings photographs will be shown in public at two sites including St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter, opening on April 25.

The commission is a partnership project developed by GRAIN at the Library of Birmingham with Colmore Business District and the Jewellery Quarter Business District, supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham City University and Metro Imaging.

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