What constitutes urban place and space? Conceptions about urban land are determined in some measure by cultural backgrounds, and the paths we make and take through the world. As urban photographers the built environment exists at the core of what we do; we inhabit, research and explore disparate spaces that are connected by the overarching concept of urbanity. We assemble interpretations and make connections, developing photographic projects that map the urban landscape, interrogating what that term means whilst utilising a visual ability to connect experiences and preconceptions through material representations.
The spaces and places that constitute the urban landscape are both concrete and social, embodied by human practices, through which identities are formed and fused to the built environment. This exhibition surveys how different human needs and desires are served by the urban landscape, exploring how we divide up and classify spaces, using these systems of categorisation to relate to the unknown in the same terms.
This group of photographers have backgrounds ranging from fine art and commercial photography, to photojournalism and architecture; their work addresses a wide variety of issues. The group span diverse cultural backgrounds; they are united by globalisation, a dominant Western point of view that plays a part in dictating perspective, and a common connection to South East London. Their personal cultural and geographical histories mean they are uniquely located within a modern landscape, producing bodies of work that explore, question and celebrate what can be united under the label of the urban.