Olivia Arthur

Defining culture in Hull, Portrait of a City

Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur and Martin Parr have created unique images in Hull, Portrait of a City.

Commissioned by the UK City of Culture, the two open a discussion as to how we define culture, landscape and people.

Martin Parr explores the rich culinary culture of Hull with Olivia Arthur focusing on the creativity of the young people of the city.

Their work is on display at the Humber Street Gallery until December 31.

Spectrum Photographic is proud to produce Olivia Arthur’s prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl.

Hull, Portrait of a City
Alfie Pearson, Hull, 2017 © Olivia Arthur

Olivia Arthur

Olivia’s black and white photographs explore the city’s youth culture, from Elvis impersonators to pet snakes, and teenage style to young families.

She has travelled frequently to the city to build relationships with young people, enabling her to depict them in domestic interiors or the recreational areas where they spend much of their time.

This ability to build trust with her subjects has resulted in a series of insightful and honest portraits reflecting the individuality, identity and aspirations of the young people of the city.

Martin Parr
Stack it High. Hessle Road © Martin Parr NN11520259

Martin Parr

With humour and his trademark use of garish colours, Martin has captured the city’s rich culinary landscape.

He explores the city’s attitudes, traditions and enthusiasm for global cuisine.

Martin’s portraits range from the world-renowned Chip Spice and Hull Pie, to more upmarket vendors appearing up
along the regenerated Fruit Market and European and specialist supermarkets.

Parr is known for his interest in British leisure and consumption.

This new series of more than 100 photographs presents a snapshot of the central contribution of food to the character, social life and culture of Hull.

Hull, Portrait of a City

Hull, Portrait of a City, October 13 to December 31, Humber Street Gallery, 64 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TU.

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10am-6pm, late night opening on Thursdays until 8pm.

Admission is free of charge.

Main image: B Boy Jocky, Hull, 2017 © Olivia Arthur

Copy editing by Sheena Campbell.

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