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Photography graduate commissioned to interpret legacy of City of Culture

Photography graduate commissioned to interpret legacy of City of Culture

Karim Skalli explored the legacy of Hull’s 2017 City of Culture.

Photo showing a portrait of a young man with dark hair smiling at the camera on the left and a hand holding a fanned out pack of cards on the right

Karim Skalli has been commissioned by Illuminate, a Hull-based photography organisation, to interpret the Legacy of the City of Culture which occurred in Hull during 2017. The graduate of BA (Hons) Photography and MA Photography at NUA was funded by the City of Culture, and the project aimed to represent the legacy that will continue through the artists of Hull and how have they been inspired by what they have seen.

One of the ambitions of the City of Culture investment was to create a city for artists where they can live, work and exhibit. In this way, it could be seen as a catalyst to up and coming artistic talent. Karim explored this concept by meeting and talking to young local artists and creating a series of portraits that represent their crafts, how they feel about the impact of the City of Culture and the effect it has had on their work. 

The subjects featured are artists who live and work in Hull and use Hull as a creative hub to express their art and pursue a career. 

"I find that if I talk to my subjects before the shots and explain what it is I’m doing and what it is I’m trying to portray, it becomes a more comfortable atmosphere and the images become more natural. "

Karim Skalli

Karim comments about the experience, “The commission was really interesting. I had moments where it was difficult finding the subjects or time to photograph them, but I found a way round it. The commission itself was positive, not only did I get to photograph these individuals but talk to them too; I find that if I talk to my subjects before the shots and explain what it is I’m doing and what it is I’m trying to portray, it becomes a more comfortable atmosphere and the images become more natural.”

The photographs produced can be viewed on Karim’s website