Organised by the London Region of the Royal Photographic Society, the project was the brainchild of Del Barrett who was inspired by Geoff Nicholson’s Whitbread short-listed novel, Bleeding London, in which one of the characters, Stuart London, walks every street in the capital.
The Bleeding London exhibition, sponsored by Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, is the culmination of one of the most exciting photographic projects that the capital has ever seen. Over the past year, hundreds of Londoners and visitors have been walking the 58,000 streets of London and photographing every single one. The images will be used to create an electronic archive of inestimable social and historical value, but in the meantime, 1200 images from this remarkable project will be on display at City Hall.
The photographs illustrate the exhilarating diversity that constitutes the fabric of the city – from the iconic sights to the lesser-known backstreets of the suburbs. And the participants have been just as diverse – from professionals with top-of-the-range kit to those who have picked up a camera for the first time. And, unsurprisingly, a significant number of the photos have been taken on phones.
Author, Geoff Nicholson, has supported the project from its inception and has even contributed a number of photographs himself. When asked about the exhibition, he said: “I think all novelists want to be multi-media artists, and this really is a dream come true. One of my books has been turned into a movie, another into a piece for radio, but a photographic exhibition inspired by my novel – that’s very special indeed.”
Exhibition Curator: Jonathan Taylor and the Bleeding Londoners
Exhibition Manager: Natasha Bennett