Terry Grimley reveals how a photograph of New Street Station is receiving international attention. ..TEXT -------
While Birmingham continues to wait for the green light for a new New Street Station, the old one is getting some prestigious exposure.
The station was one of a number of sites in the city centre photographed by the internationally-renowned photographer, John Davies in 2000.
The Birmingham photographs, which were commissioned by the Central Library, form part of his larger project, Metropoli, a set of panoramic black-and-white views documenting the changing face of the post-industrial cityscape in the UK.
They also feature in his book and exhibition The British Landscape, which was first shown at the National Media Museum, Bradford, and is now showing in Paris. In Birmingham they were included in the exhibition Something Old, Something New at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2001 and subsequently featured in the book, World City: Birmingham and its People Portrayed. The library holds a set of 17 prints from the series.
Now they have turned up again as part of a body of work which has led to Davies being selected for the short-list for this year's prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize.
The New Street photograph was selected for the invitation to the private view of the prize exhibition at the Photographer's Gallery, London and in the accompanying leaflet.
The exhibition continues until April 6. To see more of Davies' work visit johndavies.uk.com