Rock Against Racism: Exhibition

The last exhibition of the day took place inside Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, where we got the chance to see the collection of “Rock Against Racism” photographs by Syd Shelton. It is on display from the 11th of February to the 9th of April 2017.

The exhibition documents the movement (which took place between 1967 and 1981) which confronted racist ideologies. The RAR then came to be, formed by a group of political activists and musicians who fought against fascism and racism together through music.

Image Credit: Lee McAdam

The whole exhibition was in black in white, which was refreshing after seeing two others fully in colour. Against the white walls and large open space, all you could look at were the photographs. They each have their own story to tell and show just one part of the movement. It allowed us as a class to focus on the message of the images that Shelton was trying to convey.

During that time period, there was not an official photographer for the movement, but Shelton was able to produce the largest group of images for the RAR. If you visit the exhibition, every image has a date underneath it to show when it was taken; which is great if you want to see how things changed through the years.

Image Credit: Lee McAdam

Shelton said: “Photography for me has always been an autobiographical tool, a sort of staccato visual diary….I also used my photography during that period as a graphic argument, enabling me to be a subjective witness of the period which could, hopefully, contribute to social change.”

The exhibition is still on display for a few more days, so if you wish you go and see it you can read more information on the Street Level Photoworks website here. 

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