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Liz Hingley June 7, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in England.

Polish Community Center. Birmingham, England 2008

Liz Hingley (b.1985, UK) is a documentary photographer and researcher based in London. She graduated from Brighton University with a first class BA Honours in Editorial Photography and recently completed a two-year scholarship with Fabrica research and communications department in Italy. Liz is now studying for her MSc in Social Anthropology at University College London. Her photography has won international awards including the ‘Taylor Wessing’ National Portrait award 2009, Ian Parry award 2007 and finalist in the Terry O’Neil award.  She has exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK, France and Budapest.  Her photographs have been featured in arts and journalist publications and academic journals in the UK, France Italy and China from the Sunday Times and Le Monde to Foto8. She is currently working on educational projects with the National Portrait gallery in London and the Royal society of Arts in Paris.

About the Photograph:

“This image is from the project ‘Under Gods, stories from Soho Road’, which explores the everyday spiritual practices and religious life that play out on this one street. The Soho Road in Birmingham, one of the UK’s most culturally diverse cities where over 90 different nationalities now live, is the site of some 30 religious centers for denominations from around the world. The Polish are now an established community in Britain with many immigrants still arriving each year. They show incredible devotion to Catholicism and their traditional religious practices from back home. I met this chef in the Polish community center restaurant on Soho road, catching a moment of calm amongst the hectic Christmas festivities. The center is more than busy at this time, catering to an array of celebrations from St Nicholas visits to hundreds of children and their eager mothers, to the over 80’s Christmas dinner dance.”

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