• Redfern 1974 Australia by Syd Shelton

    Copyright Syd Shelton Redfern 1974 Australia

  • Linda, Hackney 1980 by Syd Shelton

    Copyright Syd Shelton Linda, Hackney, 1980

  • Hove 2013 by Syd Shelton

    Copyright Syd Shelton Hove 2013

  • Syd Shelton, photographer

    Syd Shelton, photographer

Syd Shelton: selected for One Planet Living Fotodocument commission

Ten photographers have been selected to visually document One Planet Living in our home city. Photoworks are partnering FotoDocument and BioRegional to commission ten public space photo essays, launching during Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and remaining in situ for ten months.

“As an editorial photographer my influences range from Walker Evans to William Klein. I have always worked with 35mm cameras and until very recently all of my work has been on film. I see my photographic mission to be about extracting an intimacy from my subjects and presenting photography as a visual argument.”

Having studied fine art in Yorkshire, Syd began his photography practice in the early 1970s, following a move to Australia. In Sydney, he worked as a freelance photojournalist for newspapers such as Nation Review, The Age, and Digger. In 1975 he had a solo exhibition of his photographs, ‘Working Class Heroes’ at the Sydney Film-makers Cooperative. In 1976, Syd returned to London and he established the design and photography partnership ‘Hot Pink Heart/Red Wedge Graphics’ which evolved into the current agency ‘Graphicsi’. Syd become one of the key activists in the movement Rock against Racism. He was the photographer and one of the designers of the RAR magazine ‘Temporary hoarding’ which was published between 1976 – 1981. During the 1980s, as well as producing photographs for the music press, and graphics for the public and private sector, Syd co-edited, and was art director of, a series of photographic books that includes the award winning Day in the Life of London, and Ireland: A Week in the Life of a Nation. His work has been widely published and is in numerous collections including The V&A, The Photographers’ Gallery, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Erick Frank Fine Art, Rock Archive and Autograph. Syds’ photographs from the 1970s were featured in the exhibition ‘A Riot of Our Own’ at Chelsea Space in 2008 and in 2012 in Croatia as a part of the International Biennale organised 
by the Museum of 
Contempory Art Istria.

www.sydshelton.net

Syd’s One Planet Living commission will focus on Culture and Community.

Amanda Jackson, Man, Black inflatable, One Planet City
Related project: One Planet City Commission In Partnership With FotoDocument

Selected and commissioned from an open call by FotoDocument, ten emerging and established photographers have created ten photo essays in response to each of the ten principles of One Planet Living, a sustainability framework created by Bioregional, and adopted by the city of Brighton & Hove.

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