Following the theme of a very busy few weeks, a selection of our images have now been installed in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont. We had a great day visiting the exhibition and attending a photo call with some MLAs and chatting about our work. The pictures are being exhibited until September 20th.
You can see the press release from the City of Culture media office below, as well as a few pictures that we took of the day.
A fascinating photographic exhibition merging images of Derry-Londonderry from around the turn of the 20th Century with images from the present day has been installed at Parliament Buildings in Stormont.
The City Revisited – A Rephotographic Study is part of Derry-Londonderry 2013 UK City of Culture’s flagship community engagement project BT Portrait of a City.
Derry~Londonderry has a rich photographic history from around the turn of the 20th century – a seminal time for both the medium and the city. In this unique project, two photographers, Paul McGuckin and Andrew Horsman, collaborated to re-visit the precise locations where images were photographed over 100 years ago.
Once the exact location was found, they re-photographed the images, using the same camera that was used originally (a large format, 5” x 4” camera). The new and the original images were then merged to show the changes that have occurred over the past 100 years, in a unique, single image.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition Speaker of the Assembly, William Hay MLA said:
“I am delighted to host this exhibition in Parliament Buildings, which showcases a city with which I have a deep personal connection. These fascinating images blend past and present to highlight the changes that have occurred across the city over the past century. The photographs draw on and bring to life the rich cultural history and architecture of the city that means so much to me. By bringing past and present together in this unique way, the photographers have given the people of the area — and beyond — a real sense of their shared past and the journey the city has been on over the last 100 years. I am glad that we have been able to provide this opportunity at Parliament Buildings for an additional audience to view part of the exhibition at the same time as it is on display in Derry/Londonderry.”
Curator of BT Portrait of a City, Declan Sheehan said:
“The ‘City Revisited’ project engages with the principles BT Portrait of a City by creating a people’s archive. It will work with communities across the city to recreate personal photographs, applying the same principles that are used in rephotographic practice. By referencing archives of over 400 photographs of Derry/Londonderry, the project presents an ideal opportunity to reconnect people with their shared history.”
Peter Morris, BT director of Corporate Services said; “As part of our on-going commitment to BT Portrait of a City we are delighted to add our further support to this latest unique and innovative project the ‘City Revisited’. Through the use of digital technology, important images, old and new, are merged together resulting in an outstanding exhibition of photography, not to be missed. We recognise the value of maintaining this historic archive and our BT Connected Community groups are offering digital skills workshops to help even more people get involved. We look forward to seeing the project develop and grow leaving a lasting legacy for us all.”
The exhibition will be on show in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings from 2 September to 20 September 2013, and can also be enjoyed by the people of Derry-Londonderry as it will simultaneously be on display at a larger scale, as six billboards size images, in the city’s Ebrington Square.