Photography project Some Cities has launched an image-sharing website featuring more than 40,000 pictures of people, places and events taken in Birmingham.
The images are shared via Twitter or submitted directly to Some Cities.
Photographs featured on www.some-cities.org.uk include portraits, skylines, wildlife, industry, religious ceremonies, architecture, transport, nights out and street scenes around Birmingham as well as shots taken in or around the city’s central shopping areas, airport, markets and venues.
Some Cities co-founder Dan Burwood said: “To have recorded such a phenomenal number of images in a relatively short space of time shows us and the world just how many stories unfold in our city at any one time, and that Birmingham really is home to an incredible amount of photographic activity.
“We’re already working with a community of incredibly talented photographers to take the project forward, and invite residents and organisations across the city to join us on the next step of this exciting shared journey.”
New images can be sent directly to Some Cities by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via Twitter, tagged with #Birmingham, #somecities and #brumfotos, and will form part of an ongoing extensive and authentic digital archive of life in the city.
Some Cities, which brings Birmingham a step closer to becoming one of the UK’s leading centres for photography, works with partners across the creative, cultural, academic and voluntary sectors to train and cultivate the city’s photography community through a series of public talks, bursaries, workshops and sharing events.
Since the launch of the project in November 2013, Birmingham has seen an increase in social media activity around documenting and celebrating life and work in the city through photography.
Around 300 aspiring and professional photographers have attended and participated in Some Cities talks, workshops and courses to date.
The two recipients of the first Some Cities bursaries, Birmingham-based photographers Atillo Fiumarella and Stephen Burke, are working to document the under-threat Grade-II Listed Moseley Road Baths building and creating a series of portraits of residents from the Balsall Heath area of the city, respectively. The artists will give a free talk on their work at mac Birmingham on Tuesday, March 25 (7pm) and their images will be displayed at the city’s Old Print Works in July 2014.
The Some Cities initiative is supported by Arts Council England, the University of Birmingham, mac Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, and is managed by Birmingham-based photographers Andrew Jackson and Dan Burwood.