Sunday, 5 February 2017
Whilst in Bradford, I also visited the Impressions photography gallery and the Media Museum. We photographers are spoiled for choice here! The Impressions gallery usually exhibits very contemporary works, the kind of thing that I sometimes think I'd have binned if I'd taken it... An acquired taste, I suppose.
On this occasion, I found the exhibition - 'The Queen, the Chairman and I' - rather interesting. It traced the family history of photographer Kurt Tong, who was brought up in Hong Kong and whose Chinese grandparents escaped Mao's advancing Communist armies. He uses old family photographs alongside his own pictures of Hong Kong. The exhibition is being staged to commemorate twenty years since Hong Kong was returned to Chinese sovereignty.
The gallery is opposite Bradford's City Hall, in a modern sweep of buildings that now also holds the city library. Its huge windows give some interesting views of the surroundings.