Chester: the cathedral will host a photography exhibition

CHESTER CATHEDRAL has been chosen to be part of the series of Tom Stoddart memorial exhibitions throughout 2022.

One of the indisputable skills of reportage photography is the ability to discover the extraordinary in what may at first glance seem banal.

A quote from Tom sums it up: “You make pictures with what’s in your head, your heart and your feet. Terrific still photography remains one of the most powerful weapons there is – that’s storytelling with a camera – a box with a hole in it that lets you tell stories as old as time, if you’re good at it and You are curious and you tell them in a unique way or in the best possible way that people will always want to see them or know things. Photojournalism will be here forever.

Tom Stoddart had an incredible, award-winning career, spanning 50 years, and captured memorable fragments of history; spanning the decades from the war in Lebanon (during which he accompanied the famous Sunday Times foreign correspondent, Marie Colvin) to the fall of the Berlin Wall, to covering the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa sub-Saharan.

An exhibition featuring a selection of images from her latest book – Extraordinary Women: Images of Courage, Endurance and Defiance, celebrating the strong will of women around the world in times of war, poverty and hardship, will be on display at the Cathedral of Chester from 9th June – 11th July.

Sharon Price, Co-Founder of Photo North, said: “Part of Photo North’s ethos is our commitment to supporting those who are marginalized, powerless and discriminated against.

“Raise awareness by presenting documentary images and stimulating and evocative projections.

“Tom has been a guide to truth and good for many, it was an honor to be personally invited by Tom to curate this exceptional body of work for Chester Cathedral and to be able to bring it to the people of Chester. ”

Tim Stratford, Dean of Chester, said: “We are delighted to bring Extraordinary Women: Images of Courage, Endurance, and Defiance to Chester Cathedral in June,

“Tom Stoddart’s work is thought-provoking, thought-provoking and moving: all qualities present in our own cathedral.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide a space where people can encounter this poignant work focused on women, especially in this year of Platinum Jubilee celebrations”

Caroline Cortizo, Tom Stoddart Estate representative and close family friend, will attend the launch party for a live Q&A with Peter Dench, also Tom’s close friend and industry colleague.

The cathedral is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tracey L. Sweeney