Published on Wed May 6, 2009 by David J Colbran
As part of the celebrations for Liverpool’s 800th birthday on the 28th of August 2007 a group of photographers got together to capture 800 portraits of Liverpool people. One photographer taking that many images wasn't really practical, so we each were tasked with 100 each. The images had to be taken in a 24 hour period, on the city's birthday, and also featured images by fellow Liverpool photographers: Mark McNulty, Benjamin Ball, Helen Palmer, Imke Oppenkamp, Matt Ford, Matt Wardle and Pete Carr.
I concentrated on my local neighbourhood; Wavertree, and visited friends, stopped people on the street and went into my local The Coffee House pub for a few of the regulars in there. A couple of business clients helped out and finally I roped in some family members. Really great day out to be honest - the vast majority of people were more than happy being stopped and photographed.
The ‘Eighthundred’ project exhibition later, was a great success. All 800 portraits were displayed at a unit at the Albert Dock, which was very busy with visitors and secured good press coverage in the Post and Echo and has been featured on a number of national and international websites.
Below a selection of portraits and some images from the exhibition preview;
Virgo Almeida - "Love it so much...absolutely inspiring in every sense of the word!!!"
Sabina Siler Hudoklin - "Wonderful portraits, James Best is my favorite, I'll take a look at the website that You recommend."
Jan Krcmar - "Great idea. Needs more people with the Liverpool crest on their shirts though."
More details about the people portraits that I make in the portfolio page via the jump.
exhibition, people, Eighthundred, street Author: David J Colbran
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