‘Street Studio’ is a new piece of work by photographer Jonathan Turner, supported by Leeds Inspired, East Street Arts, and Leeds Community Foundation. The work aims to celebrate the area of Chapeltown in Leeds, through portraits of its people.
Chapeltown is a community of huge ethnic diversity, whose negative reputation has often been hard to shake off. With over 70 different languages spoken locally, this vibrant area includes a wide variety of different communities, coexisting together.
Taking inspiration from the ‘Itinerant’ photographers of the late 19th/early 20th Century, who (in the days before mass camera ownership) provided a cheap ‘while you wait’ photography service on the streets of Britain, Jonathan’s Street Studio has been appearing at a variety of locations in Chapeltown, and inviting groups and individuals to join in, and have a free portrait.
The work will culminate in an exhibition of the portraits, opening on 28th March at both Union 105, Chapeltown Rd, and Inkwell Arts, on Potternewton Lane.
Jonathan has also run a series of photography workshops with young people in the area, providing an opportunity to learn photography skills and to produce work of their own. A selection of this will be shown at the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds (date to be confirmed).