Monday 11 – Wed 13 April, 2011
Twelve young people had the opportunity to explore the past through pictures in an Archive Photo Research and Creative Editing course at the Museum of London this Easter.
The workshop was offered as part of the Hanging Out project and the sessions were led by Museum of London Image Curator Anna Sparham and E-Learning tutor Alex Flowers.
The young people, drawn from across London, spent two days exploring images from the 1950s and 1960s, and then on day three they got the chance to creatively edit the past by manipulating the images in Photoshop to make a contemporary comment.
The images were selected from a collection by renowned street photographer Henry Grant, who bequeathed the negatives from his entire collection of 80,000 photographs - taken between 1950 and 1980 - to the Museum of London. The young people selected images which told a story about youth culture in the 1950s and 1960s and then edited them to highlight the relationship between youth culture then and now.
Over the three days the group learned about photograph conservation and archive techniques, viewed the museum’s London Street Photography exhibition and explored how images have been manipulated throughout history for ideological purposes. They then used practical editing techniques to create new meaning in their chosen ‘50s and ‘60s images.
The Henry Grant collection includes images of anti-war and anti-nuclear street protests, images of entertainment and popular culture through the ages and images of young people simply hanging out and enjoying themselves. One message that came through strongly was that whilst the interests and concerns of young people may have changed through the generations, the way that they ‘hang out’ has not.