Thursday, March 02, 2017

Fish & pics

Amateur photographer Kazem Hakimi has had the portraits he takes of customers to his Oxford chippy showcased in a feature in the Guardian, and now they're going to be formally exhibited in the city. As Hakimi himself observes, the images - which have been lauded as "honest, dignified, funny and skilfully taken" by Jeremy Spafford of the Old Fire Station, one of the galleries involved in the exhibition - "reveal an Oxford which is very different to the image of the city known to the outside world: one that is multi-ethnic and diverse".

I don't suppose the series began life as a political statement, but the fact that Hakimi seeks to represent diversity and treats all of his subjects with evident warmth and respect means that the exhibition is timely in the current political climate.

(Thanks to Adam for the link.)

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