Pete James (Head of Photographs - Bham Central Library) will be giving a talk on the Birmingham Photographic Library collection is Wed 16th November at Calumet Birmingham Branch. The talk is FREE and will prove to be an illuminating insight into the UK’s largest photographic collection.
With over 20 years experience as the curator of this Internationally acclaimed photographic collection, Pete James has a wealth of knowledge on many of the collections historically significant and more unusual images.
Birmingham Central Library holds one of the UK’s national collections of photography. Totalling some 3.5 million images, these internationally significant collections include work by some of the UK’s greatest photographers: Francis Frith, Francis Bedford, Roger Fenton, Edward Muybridge, Sir Benjamin Stone, Bill Brandt, Tony Ray Jones, Paul Hill, John Blakemore, Brian Griffin Peter Marlow and Chris Steele Perkins amongst others. The collection also includes a vast number images ranging from the less well-known to the downright bizarre.
In 2013 the photography collections will move into the Library of Birmingham where new facilities, including state-of-the-art gallery space, will open up full public access to these collections for the first time. In this, the first of a series of talks about the collections presented by Calumet and the Library of Birmingham, Pete James, Head of Photographs at the Library, will talk about some of the more obscure and less well-known photographs from the collections. Further talks by photographers and curators will follow in 2012.
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