Black Country Stories

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This 4-year research project, commissioned by MultuStory, was supported with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The New Art Gallery Walsall and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. It explores portraits that represent the tradition and modern face of the region's identity. The work generated circa 5,000 images reduced to a shortlist of circa 400 images. An archive was curated as a permanent collection, with selected works for the exhibition and the definitive selection for the Photobook publication (105 colour images). The process was shared with the community as a key aspect of the research process.

Parr's return to film-making is explored in this research. In this case, documenting for example, the local heritage of Teddy Greys Sweet Factory was produced. The distinction of narrative context approaches for the film versus the photographic stills was explored in order to effectively communicate the unpredictable dialogues that occur in conversation that the image does not fully capture.

The series of short films around 15 mins each includes:
Mark goes to Mongolia
Teddy Gray's Sweet Factory
Turkey and Tinsel
Tudor Crystal
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherDewi Lewis Publishing
Commissioning bodyMultiStory
Number of pages140
ISBN (Print)978-1-907893-63-6, 190-7-8936-36
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Oct 2014


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