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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Acclaimed Hip Hop Photographer Launches Community Darkroom As Part Of Brighton Festival

Best known for his photographs depicting hip hop culture since the 1990s, acclaimed photographer Eddie Otchere has launched The Bright Room, a community darkroom for Brighton Festival.
Eddie Otchere_by Dan Fontanelli

Until Friday 26th May, 4pm-7pm, Eddie is hosting a space in which the people of Brighton can capture, reflect and share their experiences of the city. 

Eddie's celebrated works include portraits of Wu Tang Clan, Biggie Smalls, Mos Def, Goldie, and many others. 

His involvement with Brighton Festival came about after he met and photographed Kate Tempest, and heard about her vision as Guest Director of Brighton Festival.

He is running workshops in which participants will have the chance to connect with traditional photographic processes, including hand-printing pictures. 

The resulting work will be exhibited at 114 Church Street on Sat 27 and Sun 28 May, 11am-11pm (free entry). 

 
Eddie Otchere says: "I want to give people some sense of what photography is in the traditional sense. 

"To say, here's a roll of film, I want you to shoot your Brighton and I want that to be on display in The Bright Room, so press that button and let the camera tell your story. 

"With that came the idea of the contact sheet as being a photographic motif of narrative; that you can just shoot a roll of film and all those 36 shots are like 36 chapters in your day in Brighton, your story."

As well as The Bright Room, Eddie took part in Your Place at Hangleton and East Brighton, where he led pinhole camera and oral history workshops as part of the free programme of workshops and performances over two weekends.

by: Mike Cobley



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