Picturing Bradford — Impressions Gallery

Picturing Bradford

Outdoor photography exhibition celebrating Bradford district's high streets

Picturing Bradford is a new outdoor photography exhibition which celebrates what’s unique about the district’s high streets and tells stories from behind the shopfronts.

Launching as part of BD: Festival on 28 July, the exhibition features more than 60 photographs, chosen from hundreds of public submissions following an open call by Impressions Gallery.

The photographs celebrate high street heroes, bring new meaning to familiar scenes and invite people to consider the value and role of the local high street. The selected photographs were chosen by a panel of judges including: Social documentary photographer Ian Beesley; Shanaz Gulzar, Creative Director, Bradford 2025; Anne McNeill, Director, Impressions Gallery; Raquel Villar-Pérez, Curator, Impressions Gallery; Tamsin Silvey, Cultural Programme Curator, Historic England; and Phill Hargreaves, Head of Creative Programmes, Bradford Council.

You can view the large-scale images from Picturing Bradford animating windows in City Park, Darley Street, Godwin Street, and the Kirkgate Centre.

Also on view until 28 August 2023 is the national Picturing High Streets outdoor exhibition on Bank Street, and outside the Visitor Information Centre on Broadway. Currently touring towns and cities across England, this collection of photographs presents a snapshot of a year in the life of the English high street, documenting and celebrating the people, places and stories it holds.

Download the Location Map and Guide, or pick up your copy at Impressions Gallery.

Thank you to all 27 photographers in Picturing Bradford: Adam Kingston, Alison McNicoll, Britta Burmester, Carly Miller, Cath Muldowney, David Enyori, Elaine Taylor, Jamie Steward, Jenna Greenwood, Jason Feather, Jaz Oldham, John Cade, John Fontana, Karleen Charles, Lauren Russell, Lisa Brown, Marcus Rattray, Mike Barrett, Nathan McGill, Peter Kitching, Rais Hasan, Richard Bunce, Robin Maurice Barr, Ron Pengelly, Ruxx Naqvi, Simon Weldon, and Steven Spencer.

Picturing Bradford is funded by Historic England and Bradford Council. Part of the national Picturing High Streets project commissioned by Historic England and delivered by Photoworks as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme. It is produced in partnership with GRAIN Projects, Impressions Gallery, Open Eye Gallery, London College of Communications, Photofusion, QUAD/FORMAT, Redeye, ReFramed and The Photographers’ Gallery.

Top image: John Street © Jenna Greenwood.

Picturing Bradford — Impressions Gallery
Sunbridge Road © Steven Spencer
Picturing Bradford — Impressions Gallery
John Street © Rais Hasan
Picturing Bradford — Impressions Gallery
Cheapside © Mike Barrett
Picturing Bradford — Impressions Gallery
Manchester Road © Cath Muldowney
Picturing Bradford — Impressions Gallery
Clayton Road © Ruxx Naqvi
Picturing Bradford — Impressions Gallery
Bolton Road © Adam Kingston

Picturing High Streets

A national outdoor exhibition showcasing more than 60 photographs selected from thousands submitted by people across the country. The collection presents a snapshot of a year in the life of the English high street, documenting and celebrating the people, places and stories it holds.

Available to view outside the Visitors Information Centre on Broadway and on Bank Street in Bradford from 28 July to 28 August 2023.

Image: Picturing High Streets Outdoor Exhibition in Bristol's Merchant Street © Jamie Woodley

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Picturing Bradford — Impressions Gallery
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