Exhibition at Ebrington for the UK City of Culture

It’s amazing to think how quickly the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations seem to fly by. It was a brilliant year for Derry-Londonderry and it was a real privilege to have our photography displayed during the year. As it’s almost a year since our work was installed at Ebrington Square, Paul and I headed over last week to have a look at our work and to see how it had coped with the effects of the winter storms beating down on it. We’re delighted to say that, despite them being up for almost a year, the pictures are still looking great. Three of the billboards are still up, so if you’re in the area, have a look and let us know what you think.

Rephotography (or “then and now” photography as it is sometimes called) seems to have really taken off recently, with lots of people doing similar projects to mark events and anniversaries. Those that use photographs from the first and second world wars are particularly poignant. Whatever the project, and whether you use digital, or like us, the old-style large format camera with your head stuck under the black cloth, it’s great to see old photographs being used in different ways to be seen by a new generation. The original photographs that we merged our own images with, are over one hundred years old and were taken with a camera similar to ours. I wonder how the city will look in another hundred years… .

Carlisle Road

Carlisle Road

Bishop's Gate

Bishop’s Gate

Bishop's Gate

Bishop’s Gate

Guildhall Square and Peace Bridge

Guildhall Square and Peace Bridge

Information Panel

Information Panel

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Exhibition at Stormont Parliament Buildings

Opening launch of Stormont exhibition. Pictured (l-r) are Paul McGuckin, photographer; Declan Sheehan, curator Portrait of a City; Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA; Rachel Heron Sponsorship Manager BT; and Andrew Horsman, photographer.

Opening launch of Stormont exhibition. Pictured (l-r) are Paul McGuckin, photographer; Declan Sheehan, curator Portrait of a City; Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA; Rachel Heron Sponsorship Manager BT; and Andrew Horsman, photographer.

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.

Stormont Exhibition Merges Derry~Londonderry’s

Past And Present

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 2013and 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.

http://www.cityofculture2013.com/2013/09/stormont-photographic-exhibition-merges-derrylondonderrys-past-and-present/

Andrew Horsman and Paul McGuckin, photographers

Andrew Horsman and Paul McGuckin, photographers

Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Pictures in-situ in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Pictures in-situ in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Picture in-situ in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Picture in-situ in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

The City Revisited info panel

The City Revisited info panel

Pictures in-situ in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, StormontPictures in-situ in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Ebrington Installation Begins

It’s been a very hectic few weeks but we’re delighted to announce that the first of our billboard pictures are finally up at Ebrington Square, Derry-Londonderry!

We’ve worked closely with the guys at Pakflatt printers who did a great job printing the 12 foot x 8 foot billboards at a very high quality, then with the help of the Portrait of a City, we installed 3 of the 6 pictures today. It was a long day, up and down ladders, hammering and drilling and chatting to lots of people that have come up to chat about our work, but it was an amazing feeling, stepping back and seeing the work finally up on the walls.

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City Hotel and Peace Bridge Installation

City Hotel and Peace Bridge

City Hotel and Peace Bridge

                                                   One of the many things we love about seeing the work up is that everyone we’ve met has a story to tell, either because they remember buildings in the pictures that have long since gone, or that they recognise people walking down the street in our contemporary pictures. So if you’re in the City of Culture, take a wander through Ebrington Square for a look at the pictures, you might recognise a familiar scene like the old Arch Bar by Bishop’s Gate, the shop selling high quality artificial teeth on Carlisle Road, or the lovely old City Hotel next to the Guildhall.

We’ll be putting the remaining 3 billboards up around the old barracks’ walls in the next couple of weeks, and they’ll stay up through the Turner Prize and into the New Year, so come and have a look for yourself!

Bishop's Gate

Bishop’s Gate

Bishop's Gate Installation

Bishop’s Gate Installation

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Carlisle Road Installation

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Carlisle Road. Can you spot the shop to get your high class artificial teeth?