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"Something Old Something New: Vintage and Contemporary Photography"
2001-05-05 until 2001-09-02
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham, , UK

The exhibition features modern works by over 30 local photographers as well as pieces from the 19th century. All have been deposited, purchased and commissioned by Birmingham Library Services over the last three years. The photographs comprise of views of Birmingham through the last century, from Buffalo Bill's tour through New St in 1903 to the Rover rally on the 1st April 2000.

The photographs chart the changes in Birmingham's identity and it's regeneration during this period. Richard Harris's work shows the flats in Castle Vale before they were pulled down. The history of the people who lived there is revealed by peeling back the layers of wallpaper that have accumulated over the years. Luke Unsworth has been following the changes in the Bull Ring during its redevelopment and Dave Ruffles documents Birmingham Museum of Science and Industry prior to its closure and the relocation of objects to the new Discovery Centre.

Cllr Brenda Clarke, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism comments:

The Central Library's unique and internationally important photographic collections vividly document the city's history and will be an invaluable resource for future generations. I am delighted that visitors to the Museum and Art Gallery will have the chance to seen some of these images which show how Birmingham has developed into the modern and successful city it is today.


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