Last chance to see Smith exhibitionat Granary Gallery

Berwick Visual Arts' successful exhibition telling the story of Berwick Photo Centre closes at The Granary Gallery this weekend.

Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 10:21 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 10:25 am
Part of the Smith photo exhibition at the Granary Gallery in Berwick.

Organisers are encouraging people to make a final visit to see the exhibition of archive images of the town, before it closes on Sunday.

The Archive of Smith, Berwick was organised in partnership with Berwick Record Office and curated by Berwick-based curator and photographer Cameron Robertson, who will be available in the exhibition between 12pm and 2pm on May 12 and 13 to answer any questions people may have about the collection and to record any memories that people wish to share.

James Lowther, head of visual art at Berwick Visual Arts said: “This has been a very popular exhibition with visitors and the photographs on display have provoked some wonderful stories and memories of the town. This is a remarkable archive and I would encourage anyone to visit who hasn’t so far.”

The exhibition tells the story of David Smith, who began his photo news agency in Berwick in 1951. As an experienced journalist with a keen eye for a story, he captured a wide range of subjects, from a visiting celebrity to a runaway circus elephant, not to mention a host of wedding and portrait commissions.

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As the business expanded, Smith opened the Photo Centre on Bridge Street and was joined by his son Ian and a team of staff photographers.

On Ian Smith’s retirement in 2012, the company archive represented a remarkable record of the town and its people and was acquired by the Berwick Record Office.

The Archive of Smith, Berwick tells the story of this family run press agency and photo studio, and place it in the context of broader developments in photography.

Linda Bankier, Berwick Archivist said: “This has been a great opportunity for us to showcase this amazing archive collection which captures so many diverse elements of the area’s past. Visitors have provided us with lots of interesting snippets which have brought the pictures to life.”

The Archive of Smith, Berwick is open at The Granary Gallery until Sunday 11am-4pm with free admission.