Image above by David Shapiro LRPS
The event is fully booked now but if you wish to be added to the waiting lsit please email us by clicking here
This is an opportunity to join a small group of RPS Contemporary Photographers for an experiment to see if we can shoot a collaborative project in one day which will then be made into a book.
At the recent first meeting of The East Midlands Contemporary Group I got talking to David Shapiro. Amongst other things David has been visiting Park Hill Flats in Sheffield to take photographs.I've been keen to visit Park Hill for some time now, having seen many newspaper articles.
If you are not aware of the story Park Hill was the first completed post-war slum clearance scheme of an entire community in Britain. It was the most ambitious inner-city development of its time. In 1954 work began on the design of Park Hill and it was later built between 1957 and 1961.
Within the old Park area architects recognised there was a strong sense of local community and, in the design of Park Hill, tried to preserve this community spirit. Where possible, neighbours were rehoused alongside each other in the new complex and each flat opens out onto a 10 foot wide deck. This provided access for milk floats and communal areas, enhancing the image of streets in the sky.
Over the years the estate has been home to 31 shops, 4 pubs, 74 garages, a primary and a nursery school, doctor's surgery and pharmacy. The shops were set at the lowest point of the estate, to which people were thought to naturally gravitate. 4 pubs and a launderette were more widely dispersed at points on the ground near lifts.
In 1998 Park Hill was listed as Grade II* by the then Department of Culture, Media and Sport. This placed it amongst the top 5% of listed buildings in the country and identified it as a building of outstanding interest, drawing particular attention to the layout and appearance of the estate.
You are invited to join us on February 25th to shoot the project with each person deciding how they individually want to photograph. If anyone is stuck for ideas there will be help on hand but otherwise its down to each photographer to tell the story his/her way.
We will look to each photographer to write about 300 words to explain their approach and then supply those with between 10 to 20 images backing up their statement within 7 days of the shoot. The book will printed by the end of March. Tight deadlines but it will be interesting to see how it works out.
The day will begin at 9.30am with breakfast and briefing at The Hard Hat Cafe.
Please email Stewart Wall if you are interested in attending by clicking here
You can see an example of a previous collaboration by clicking here
Wiki page for Park Hill