16 October – 30 November 2019
Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore, Hastings. TN34 3DW
Open 11am – 5pm, (closed Monday)
A charity photobook by Nigel Shafran – Hastings Contemporary shop.
Hastings Contemporary in collaboration with Photohastings will have this charity photobook, published by Albany Arts, for sale in their shop over the period of the Photohastings photo-season; October and November 2019.
Income from the sale of the publication is shared between three housing charities: Crisis, Shelter and St Mungo’s.
‘The People on the Street’ is a manifestation of Nigel Shafran’s desire to help the homeless on the street and to contribute to public awareness of the invisibility of those unfortunate enough to have fallen through gaps in social support.
Acknowledged for his quiet approach to photographing the everyday, in this book, Shafran reverses the direction of the camera’s gaze, turning himself into the subject matter. Between 2016 and 2017 Shafran approached people living on the street in London and Paris, and asked them to take photograph of him. Their names and sometimes their origins are stated at the bottom of each page give them identity without visually revealing them as ‘helpless victims’. It prompts us to inhabit their perspective on the flow of everyday life.
The publication has been produced in response to the current homelessness crisis: there are 24,000 rough sleepers in Great Britain, approximately doubled on the previous year; 84,740 households live in temporary accommodation including 120,000 children.
Image Credit: Thomas from Ireland, Praed Street, W2 – Nigel Shafran