© Roxana Savin, Untitled

#16 Street

Photography+ Street focuses on urban environments that surround us and the communities that use them. Launched to coincide with the announcement of Picturing High Streets a digital mass participation partnership project between Photoworks and Historic England. The street has historically been a site for studies of social life and the photographic medium has served to capture the lives and relationships of the communities that inhabit them. These elements are explored by the artists and writers of this issue. Featuring work by artists and partners from Picturing England’s High Streets, Liz Wewiora offers a comprehensive argument that we are in fact the portraits of our High Streets. For this issue, we have invited two of our current six Picturing England’s High Streets artists in residence to discuss their journey thus far making work. Artist and Curator, Tim Mills, explains the importance of the high street as ‘the beating heart of a place’ and shares his approach to creating work in Coventry. Whereas Lucy Hunter tells us about the work she has been doing with a group of children from Prescot Primary School to explore ideas of portraiture, perspective, and place. Looking further afield Ricardo Reverón Blanco examines Marcello Coslovi’s ongoing body of work to determine the role of abstraction in documentary street photography. Finally, we are delighted to publish as our Community Submission Roxana Savin’s image taken in Sibiu, Romania that is part of a larger project investigating how the local society and culture identify themselves in a shifting system of globalising cultural trends. We hope you enjoy this issue!

Each issue, we ask the community of Photography+ readers to submit photographs related to the issue theme. For this issue, we are delighted to publish Untitled by Roxana Savin. 

‘The image (Untitled) was taken in Sibiu, Romania, 2022. I photographed these two ladies in a supermarket parking lot. They were sisters, in their 70s. They were deeply religious, never spent a day apart and dressed in identical clothes all the time. This photograph is part of a larger project investigating how the local society and culture identify themselves in a shifting system of globalising cultural trends. Contemporary social discourse denounces the loss of national consciousness, social and national solidarity, and declining moral values. For many Romanians, religion filled the post-1989 ideological vacuum and provided a means for a defensive response.’

© Roxana Savin, Untitled

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