World class photographic exhibition coming to three Swindon parks

By Barrie Hudson - 18 June 2021

CommunityArts and Culture

An international photography exhibition will run in three Swindon parks from 1 July to to 3 October.

  • Parish  councillor  Neil Hopkins and exhibition curator Jennifer Berry at Queen's Park

    Parish councillor Neil Hopkins and exhibition curator Jennifer Berry at Queen's Park

Organised by Photo Swindon,  'In Sync - Natures of Togetherness' will involve the work of Jason Florio, Martin Parr and Sanne De Wilde being shown in rotation in the Town Gardens, GWR Park and Queen's Park.

The exhibition was conceived by curator Jennifer Berry, a Swindon-based photographer and will be delivered in partnership with South Swindon Parish Council.

Jennifer said: "I don't think there's ever been a documentary photography exhibition in Swindon. 

"I think it's very interesting - all three stories. It will be nice for people, when they walk around the exhibition, to feel their own interpretation of each story.

"It will bring something completely new and exciting to Swindon, something that's never been done before."

Each of the photographers represented has an impressive CV in the medium.

Jason Florio has produced images and documentaries for clients including The New York Times, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, MIT Technology Review, PepsiCo and Amnesty International.

His focus has been towards under-reported stories about people living on the margins of society and human rights.

Martin Parr is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation, with more than 100 books published, while Sanne De Wilde explores in her photography the role genetics plays in people's lives and how this shapes and affects communities, and has won many major awards.

She has seen her work published by countless outlets throughout the world.

South Swindon Parish Councillor Neil Hopkins said: "We were originally approached last year to run an event of this nature, and it's changed in form a little bit.

"Putting on an event like this requires a degree of funding, and we were hoping to get some Arts Council funding.

"That wasn't to be but we still felt that we've got these wonderful parks and there's so much more we can do in them and with them.

"It will be very interesting to see how people react to the photography and also the stories behind it."

The exhibition is sponsored by New College, Tom Faulkner, CMS SupaTrak, Multidata-Broadband and PermaJet.

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