17th March 2011
4am Photographers to get Brutal in Birmingham’s Central Library
Birmingham photographers with mild insomnia and an eye for the unusual will have the unique opportunity to play their part in an innovative global project to record and document the world before dawn and take part in this years 4am Project Tour.
The 4am Project, a worldwide community experience, takes place on Sunday 24 April 2011 and aims to capture a time of day that many people rarely see. Brainchild of UK photographer Karen Strunks, and building on the ever growing phenomenon of social media, the 4am Project is an exercise in global solidarity to encourage the sharing of visual imagery that reflects the world we live in.
Alongside the 4am Project each year runs a curated 4am Project Tour providing photographers with exclusive access to unique and wonderful locations. This year in conjunction with Project Brutal the 4am Project Tour comes to iconic Birmingham’s Central Library and will allow photographers entry into the library and also exclusive access to some truly magical and breathtaking areas not seen by the public.
With the brutalist library currently on course for demolition [ http://bit.ly/eW7OPN ] this years 4am Project Tour will provide a final chance for people to capture and celebrate this truly iconic building.
Tickets for the 4am Project Tour will be made available via eventbrite on Thursday 24th at 11am. Spaces are limited to 50, and will be allocated on a first served basis. http://4amprojectbirmingham.eventbrite.com/
Partnering with the 4am Project Tour this year is Project Brutal which works to curate and encourage creative projects and events that capture Birmingham’s Brutal Central Library before it’s proposed demolition.
Co-ordinator for the 4am Project, Karen Strunks, is adamant 4am can often be a beautiful time of day.
“I live in Birmingham – the UK’s second largest city – and after a night out a while back, I was driving from one side of the city to the other. It was around 4am and I was really struck by the cityscape. Streets and roads normally teeming with people and traffic were deserted. The city was asleep and it felt like I had it all to myself. I liked it.
In 2008 I went out to take my first pictures at 4am in Birmingham. I made some of them available on my blog. I asked readers of my blog for their suggestions of places they’d like to see at 4am. They decided where I went, and I took the photos, so it’s become a collaboration. When I started to think about how the idea could be extended, the 4am Project was born.”
The aim of the 4am Project is to gather a collection of photos from around the world at the magical time of 4am on 24 April 2011. Anyone with a digital camera or camera phone can share their photos by uploading them onto Flickr with the tag 4amproject.
The 4am Project roots are in Birmingham but it also has wide international appeal. Karen has already received photos taken at 4am from around 40 countries across the world, including Russia, Canada, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Sweden, and Brazil and has amassed almost 5000 excellent quality images.
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The death knell has sounded for one of Birmingham’s most controversial and significant brutalist structures, Birmingham’s Central Library. Whilst we might not be able to save Birmingham’s central library we still have time to give it one heck of a wake.
Project Brutal aims to do just that by bringing together creative people and networks to help organise and encourage a series of eclectic events and projects that celebrate and capture the building before it’s too late.
Contact: Marie Foulston