One of the strands of the public art programme for the new Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Self-Portrait, builds on Birmingham’s tradition of self-portrait photography, including the seminal Handsworth Self-Portrait, which is part of the library’s impressive photographic collections.
Library of Birmingham Self-Portrait is a new project from Birmingham photographers Brian Homer Creative; Timm Sonnenschein, Emma Jo Tucker, Graham Peet, Community Artist and Photographer and Peter James, Head of Photographs at Birmingham Library and Archive Services.
During the autumn of 2011, seven photographic sessions will take place in a range of locations – in the city centre and in community libraries across Birmingham, at which citizens will be invited to take self-portraits in a studio setting, using a shutter release and a plain backdrop. Participants will be given a copy of their photo to take away. The resulting images will be used in a digital installation in the new Library of Birmingham, with potential for a future publication project.
The event is at Ward End Library on Saturday 1st October from 10.00am-4.00pm