Chef Glynn Purnell photographed for Brum Creatives photography exhibition at Minerva Works, Digbeth
 

A series of ‘light-hearted’ photographic portraits featuring some of Birmingham’s most creative people will go on display at a Digbeth gallery.

Brum Creatives aims to celebrate the rich talent the city produces and features everyone from local designers, artists, writers, producers and filmmakers, to celebrity figures such as comedian Jasper Carrott, chef Glynn Purnell and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.

The exhibition has been organised by SmokeShow Images, a collaboration between photographer Ian Davies and award-winning stylist, Sy-Anne Holden and partnered with the Arts Council-funded Birmingham Loves Photographers Spring/Summer Programme.

The duo said: “Having initially been required to shoot some portraits of local creative industry professionals, we saw the opportunity to produce a wider project, not only to develop creative working relationships but to look into the many colourful characters that are based in Birmingham and surrounding areas.

“From artistic direction and styling through to post-production, SmokeShow take a light-hearted approach to documenting and celebrating the city’s creatives.”

Steven Knight - Peaky Blinders creator
 

Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell, who was photographed wearing a dinner suit while tucking into a plate of beans, said: “I was initially approached by SmokeShow at the beginning of the project.

“From the outset, Sy-Anne and Ian’s creative project sounded really exciting. Their ideas and enthusiasm were impressive. It was a pleasure working with them on the shoot. As well as being really professional, we had loads of fun.

“It has been brilliant watching the whole project evolve and I am honoured to be part of it. The images are a fantastic portrayal of Birmingham personalities.”

Birmingham Loves Photographers is a network and hub for photography run by Creative Producer Jenny Duffin. It is described as a space to promote West Midlands-based photographers of all styles, both amateur and professional and produces lectures, workshops and projects.

Brum Creatives takes place between May 8-18 at Stryx Gallery, 13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham.