Light Night at Camp And Furnace
This opening night saw the unveiling of a body of work by one of Liverpool's unsung photography heroes, Ab Badwi. It's possible I'm biased because he's my mate and a Küla collaborator, but if you get a chance to see his photos you'll realise I'm right. From four in the afternoon until the doors closed at eleven, we welcomed a steady stream of LightNighters to Camp And Furnace, to be captivated and amazed by Ab's black and white portrait photography. The event was also attended by loads of friends and family, as well as plenty of photographers who turned up, camera in hand, to get a chance to talk to the man himself. The photographs in this set are by Zoë Byrne (with the exception of the one she's in, which was taken by the renowned Liverpool photographer Francesco Mellina).
The photographs in the exhibition date from 1980 to 1990, brought together under the title of Life Through The Lens Of Another. The earliest photos feature people Ab grew up knowing in the Granby Street area of Liverpool 8. At a time when the rest of the country was being fed a lie about L8 being a no-go area, Ab wanted to tell the real story of the people of Toxteth as a way of putting right this misconception.