Images of Bradford to appear in new exhibition on British manufacturing (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Images of Bradford to appear in new exhibition on British manufacturing
Images of Bradford will appear in a major new exhibition telling the largely untold story of British manufacturing and industry, through the lens of the world’s greatest photographers.
Called Open for Business, the exhibition will focus on success stories, large and small, reflecting the country’s changing industrial and cultural heritage.
Community arts agency Multistory, which has developed Open for Business in collaboration with Magnum Photos, has commissioned nine world-renowned Magnum photographers to document and record manufacturing industries in nine British cities.
Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen has been taking photographs in Bradford, focusing on the city’s textile industry and documenting the supply chain of sheep to wool, rug, carpet, clothing and soft furnishings manufacturing. He plans to include short films as well as stills in his documentation of wool manufacturing in Bradford.
Mr Bendiksen visited Bradford-based companies William Halstead, H Dawson, Standard Wool, the British Wool Marketing Board and Abraham Moon and Sons in Guiseley.
Approximately 100 images will appear in a touring exhibition, starting in February, telling the story of British manufacturing, capturing the current landscape and its effect on people, the community and culture through the perspective of Magnum photographers.
Internationally renowned photographic co-operative Magnum Photos was founded in 1947 by four pioneering photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. Today it includes 45 working photographers and 15 estates. In the past 65 years, Magnum has created one of the most important and distinctive creative archives in the world.
* Open for Business will run at the National Media Museum, Bradford, from February 1 to May 5, 2014.