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Photography exhibition and lunch

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

The 'Authentic Moment' in British Photography

I thought we could go around the exhibition and then have lunch either at the Gallery cafe or at the Pavillion cafe

A sensational new exhibition inspired by Alan Sillitoe’s groundbreaking novel and the film adaptation directed by Karel Reisz.
First published in 1958, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning helped frame its cultural moment. It charts a year in the life of Arthur Seaton, machinist in the Raleigh cycle factory, and young urban rebel. The novel appeared at the time of a spate of accounts of urban workingclass life by academics, playwrights, novelists and documentary filmmakers.

Many were concerned with the effect of a burgeoning consumer culture; the very idea of 'community' was counter-pointed by the emergence of a new working-class affluence and individualism. The end of post-war austerity also signaled the advent of a distinct youth culture; for the first time young people - the recently branded ‘teenagers’ - defined themselves outside of their parents’ culture, and had spending power, like never before, which they used on fashion, music and entertainment.

Taking seminal moments from the book and film, this exhibition explores the depiction of these social changes in contemporary photography, focusing in particular on working-class culture in the late 50s and 60s. It highlights the various approaches taken by a generation of photographers drawn to ‘the regions’ in an attempt to capture the authenticity of ‘ordinary lives’.

The exhibition features a selection of never-before-exhibited stills from Reisz’s iconic film, much of which was shot on location in Nottingham. So-called ‘Young Meteors’, John Bulmer and Graham Finlayson, worked for feted newspapers such as The Manchester Guardian and the latest print media magazines, while Roger Mayne and Shirley Baker initiated their own briefs generating new contexts
for their photographic studies. Maurice Broomfield, an industrial photographer, diligently portrayed the nobility of factory worke

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  • Gary

    Thanks for organising, it was great.

    December 16, 2012

  • Charlotte

    An interesting exhibition, great to see photos of Nottingham from the 1960s!

    December 16, 2012

  • Joanne

    Loved the exhibition, I have to go again. So nostalgic and amazing to think how much things have changed. My grandparents worked at Raleigh so it was nice to be able to picture them in the scenes displayed.

    December 16, 2012

  • John B.

    I'd recommend a visit Rachel, if you're interested in social history.

    December 16, 2012

  • Rachel

    Hi folks, later night than expected last night and still recovering so can't make it after all, sorry...Have fun!

    December 16, 2012

  • Julie

    Thanks for that James, - but I can only be a 'maybe' now as outa town the night before and not sure when back. Cheers.

    December 10, 2012

  • Sue

    I recommend this, went the other week. Whilst I didnt use it, you may be interested to know there's a pdf download that gives detail about the photos at the bottom of this link:

    December 6, 2012

  • Sue

    Oh, and if you're interested you can watch the entire film, which is playing as part of the exhibition, with headphones provided for the audio ... unfortunately no seating provided for this though.

    December 6, 2012

  • Gary

    Maybe, might be a tad late. :-)

    November 16, 2012

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    November 14, 2012

  • James

    all combinations of photos and food will be considered

    November 14, 2012

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