Catcher Media present Life Through A Lens.
Gallery photographic exhibition from Thursday 22 February – Monday 2 April 2018.
Herefordshire Life Through A Lens: Stories from the Hop Yards
This four-year media and oral history heritage project (currently in the development phase) about the social history of Herefordshire is inspired by the extensive archive of local photographer Derek Evans and his studio.
The project will result in a number of touring films, exhibitions, education packs, media-rich website, films made by school-children, digitisation of photographic archives and a mobile app. Working with Herefordshire Libraries images will be scanned and made accessible via the Herefordshire History website.
Topics will include: Hop-picking, Hereford Football Club, Mayfair, Fownhope Heart of Oak celebrations and Derek Evans Photographic Studio 1950-80s.
It will involve volunteers, trainees and internships to offer clear career pathway opportunities recruited from across the county. The wider Herefordshire community will be involved in the project but specific targeted groups include disadvantaged young people, migrant workers, showmen, romany travellers, students and older people.
“Without question, Derek Evans was a fine and accomplished photographer. He was clearly passionate about Hereford and the region. His image repertoire was affectionate, humanist, liberal and well-crafted. The archive (…) could become a fantastic resource for a wide range of interests in social history, politics, culture, farming and rural life amongst others.” Independent report on Derek Evans’ archive by Russell Roberts 2009