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mikside.jpg Great photography of the north

One of the real “must sees” of The Great Exhibition of the North is the major documentary photography exhibition at Side Gallery.

Some of the UK’s most compelling documentary photography has been of the north of England, and Side Gallery is taking the opportunity presented by the Great Exhibition of the North to explore the richness of the different visions. The exhibition includes the work of over 30 great photographers – including Henri Cartier-Bresson, John Kippin, Martin Parr and Mik Critchlow (Mining Apprentices, Ashington College – work pictured) – with celebrations of lives and landscapes, defiant championing of communities and their concerns,  as well as arguments with power and the metropolitan centre. And on the ground floor of the gallery you can see Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen: Still Here, in which the founder Amber member reconnects with subjects of some of her most iconic images. Both Byker’s ‘Girl on a Spacehopper’ and The Hoppings ‘Sari the Danger Girl’ now live in Manchester, while people she photographed in 1971 for ‘Byker’s Children with Collected Junk’ and in North Shields’ Connell-Brown Dance School in the 1980s for ‘Step by Step’ have stayed closer to home. And with Side having later opening hours during the exhibition’s run, you’ve really got no excuse to miss these shows. So don’t.

About The North: Imagined Dialogues, until 9 September, Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle, Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, free. amber-online.com/side-gallery