Acclaimed local photographer Mark Simmons has created an insightful new set of portraits that celebrate life in the city.
Throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Mark took a series of portraits that painted a vivid picture of everyday life in Bristol. These pictures were collected together and published in the photobook Bristol Black & White.
They revealed tight-knit communities coming together in uncertain political times. The images also showcased the everyday positivity and togetherness found in some of the city’s most deprived areas, including St Paul’s and Barton Hill.
In his latest work, Bristol 2019: A New Kind of Community, Mark documents the friendships and opportunities being built by the city’s growing community business movement.
“My life’s work has been to document and celebrate community achievements and endeavors,” says Mark. “It’s been a heartwarming privilege to meet and reconnect with the people working in these community enterprises and witness the contribution they’re making to their local neighbourhoods, especially in this time of austerity and palpable uncertainty.”
The collection revisits some of the streets and suburbs that feature in the work he undertook more than 30 years ago and the photos will be exhibited at the Trinity Centre from Wednesday, November 27 to Thursday, December. The exhibition will be free to view.
The free pop-up exhibition, Bristol 2019: A New Kind of Community, will take place at the Trinity Centre from November 27-December 5 2019.
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