The Photographs of Janet Mendelsohn
Ort Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs of Balsall Heath and Highgate by American academic and documentary filmmaker Janet Mendelsohn.
Using photography as a medium for her social research, Mendelsohn captured life in Balsall Heath and Highgate in the late ‘60s. The images document the sense of community, the multicultural diversity and the social fabric of the area at the time. They offer a window into a neighbourhood that was rapidly transforming, both in population terms and also physically through large scale ‘slum clearance’; a few years after these images were taken, many of the streets depicted were demolished.
This previously unseen selection will be accompanied by a selection of oral histories, archive footage and maps documenting the changing landscape. There will also be the opportunity for visitors to contribute their own personal stories.