Photography Workshop with Kate Green

Barber Home – online workshop Inspired by our online exhibition Sights of Wonder, Birmingham photographer Kate Green hosted a relaxed and informal photography workshop via Zoom. Exploring Francis Bedford’s 1862 photographs, the workshop outlined how to take better photos with your camera or smartphone, working with light and composition techniques. Kate also discussed photography for … Read more

WORKS OF MERCY

Photographs by Attilio Fiumarella A painting by the great Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio, depicting the seven corporal acts of mercy of traditional Catholicism, is the inspiration for this outstanding series of 14 dramatic images. Like his predecessor, Birmingham-based photographer Fiumarella uses real people as his models – in this case, the homeless and prostitutes from … Read more

RUBY’S ROOM

Photographic Miniatures by Bettina von Zwehl An intriguing eye miniature in the collection of the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, was the starting point for this series of recent work by renowned contemporary photographer Bettina von Zwehl (b. 1971). While  producing a series of works inspired by historic painted portrait miniatures in the V&A and Bath’s … Read more

FUNCTION 4

Portraiture Highly original and arresting angles on the theme of portraiture feature in this display of work by emerging photographic talent from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University. In the fourth of an annual selective award collaboration, students were challenged to produce their own responses to the theme that has been central … Read more

FUNCTION II

Re-interpretation, Reconstruction and re-contextualisation In its second year; the Barber Institute’s photographic competition Function, held in collaboration with Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), part of Birmingham City University, showcased the best young, creative talent. Undergraduate students from BIAD’s degree in Visual Communication found inspiration in the paintings on display at the Barber to … Read more