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Family snaps shown as street art

Households on a street in Brighton are displaying photos of their family members as part of an art exhibition. The enlarged images, which have been placed across windows in Tidy Street as part of Brighton Photo Fringe, glow when lights are switched on after dark. Artist Lisa Creagh, who instigated the project, wanted to tell the stories of the people who live in the houses. "Every home has a different world and hopefully the pictures are an illustration of that," she said. The project is expected to last for three weeks. Ms Creagh added: "The most extraordinary stories seem to exist on this one street and probably on every street." Sarah Wright, one of the street's residents, said it was "quite overpowering" to have a picture of herself in her window from 20 years ago.

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Review by Max Houghton

Who isn’t fascinated by a peek into their neighbour’s lives? An exhibition in Tidy Street, in brighton’s North Laine, provides us with a legitimate opportunity to do just that. Working with photographer Lisa Creagh, the residents have chosen an image to display illuminated in their windows each evening, for the duration of the brighton Photo Biennial and its more inspiring Fringe events (like this one).

There is something curiously exciting about an exhibition that only happens at night. indeed spotting the first image - we approached form the Eastern end of the city - felt like finding a Christmas present with your name on it under the tree. A little boy is staring out, not at his new audience, but beyond, down a playground slide, it seems. He is gripping two yellow bars, his blue-eyed gaze holding the wonderful combination of apprehension and delight that frames childhood.

The second image is of a woman I recognise from a writing group I nervously attended 10 years ago when I first moved to Brighton. She has chose an intimate picture of herself and her two young children. And it’s at this moment i start to fuel my imagination. Why did she choose this picture? Was it when she was happiest? Who bought the pendant that serves as the picture’s punctum? Who took the photograph?

It’s at this point that the simply executed exhibition starts to wrok its magic. Very few, maybe one, of the photographs are what we might confidently term ‘good pictures’. At least two are noticeably blurred, completely out of focus, but that’s not the point….read more

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Interview with Southern Counties radio

argus newspaper feature

The birth of a child, a father feeding a fox, an encounter with teh first man in space, the commemoration of a mountaineers death - these are just a few of the striking images brought together for an exhibition in the North Laine. Each picture shines out of the windows of Tidy Street like a projection from a slide, providing a glimpse of the inhabitants’ lives that the furtive peep does not afford. The blown-up photos cover the front windows of 20 homes, each forming part of an exhibition which looks at pivotal events in the residents’ lives. No explanation or signs are provided, adding only to the mystery of these back-lit shots emerging from the dark street.

Photographer Lisa Creagh stumbled upon the idea in the aftermath of September 11th when walls in New York were covered with photos of missing loved ones…read more

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Review by Eti Wade

…”The Fringe is characterised by the presentation of work that operates more like conceptual art than photograhy. This is particularly the case with the Tidy Street installation by artist lisa Creagh. In collaboration with the street’s residents, personal photographs from family albums have been enlarged to fill the windows along the street. Walking along, the houses are re-presented as containers of memories. Audiences and passers by are treated to a glimpse of the emotional richness and complexity of family life and to a celebration of photography’s role in the preservation of our personal histories….read more


North Laine Runner

Did you notice how Tidy Street was turned into a large-scale public gallery for the duration of the Brighton Photo Fringe Festival? Photographic Artist Lisa Creagh collaborated with the residents of the street using snapshots from their personal photo albums, which were exhibited in their house windows. Each image was transformed into a window-sized lightbox and was illuminated from 6-10pm for the two weeks of the festival. Lisa says she wanted to connect the residents of the street through their everyday experiences and thought the medium of the ‘snapshot’ photograph fitted this goal perfectly. She also wanted to bring photography to a larger audience than a traditional gallery setting can reach…read more