2011 is unquestionably the year of street photography with a number of exhibitions and festivals exploring the genre taking place in cities across the UK. This exhibition is Birmingham’s contribution to this national phenomenon.
Take to the Streets has been brought to Birmingham by a range of public and private sector partners including the Colmore Business District, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Library and Archive Services, Birmingham City University, Birmingham City Centre Partnership, Magnum Photos and FORMAT International Photography Festival.
The exhibition in Birmingham, which follows its launch at the FORMAT Festival in Derby, demonstrates the way in which these partnerships can help transform the public realm through innovative and engaging cultural projects.
We hope that the photographs made by Magnum photographers in streets and cities around the world encourages people to look again, see the beauty and significance of everyday life
in the heart of Birmingham and, usingtheir own cameras, capture and reveal some of the magical and weird moments that vanish faster than the blink of an eye.