World-renowned photographer and master darkroom printer, John Blakemore, will be visiting CU Photography students on 11 and 12 March 2015 to give them a Masterclass in his bookmaking and darkroom skills through a series of talks and workshops. This Masterclass forms part of a project ‘Hillfields Happening’ lead by Coventry-born photographer Jason Tilley who will be producing a response to John Blakemore’s archive of work from Hillfields in Coventry.
“The exhibition using the photographic archive to investigate the very transient nature of that community and the history of the people who have lived there. Hillfields has been a place of destination for many immigrants in to Coventry and still is to this day. It also has a very vibrant feel to it but sadly still carries a myth of it being considered a ‘rough area’. Yes it has it’s difficulties but we are trying to challenge that.” Jason Tilley.
Tilley was awarded a grant by Arts Council England for the project which will be exhibited in FARGO, Coventry, in the summer. FARGO falls within the boundary of Hillfields. The project is also supported by Warwick University, The Library of Birmingham, Grain, Coventry University and WATCH (Working Actively to Change Hillfields).
Students on the BA (Hons) Photography course will have the opportunity to learn about how Blakemore selected, designed and edited his photographic books. Students will also have the opportunity to work with him in the Photography department’s black and white darkroom.