Matthew Murray photography series - SHOPPERS’ CAPTURES THE DIVERSE CHARACTERS FOUND IN A BRISTOL MALL

Murray, Matthew (2014) Matthew Murray photography series - SHOPPERS’ CAPTURES THE DIVERSE CHARACTERS FOUND IN A BRISTOL MALL. Feature Shoot.

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Abstract

For Shoppers, London-based photographer Matthew Murray constructed a temporary studio within Bristol’s Galleries Shopping Mall, inviting its most intriguing characters to sit for brief portrait sessions. Murray is drawn to the nuances of consumerism, and for each of his subjects, he requested a brief explanation for their trip to the mall, uncovering moments of unexpected variety within a setting of the everyday. The Galleries Shopping Mall, Murray explains, was constructed some twenty years ago and is home to more discount stores than the regular selection of chain outlets. For this reason, the complex attracts shoppers of diverse backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles, an aspect that convinced the photographer to set his work within its walls. He asked for and was granted permission to erect the mobile studio within the space of an empty shop and soon began approaching groups and individuals as they went about their routine. Shoppers is situated firmly within the modern era, constructing a portrait of capitalist culture that is both challenging and sympathetic. In today’s world, he explains, most purchases are no longer made for the basic purpose of survival, and yet the impulse to accrue possessions persists. Some of his subjects enter the mall in hopes of finding a specific something, an object indispensable to their daily goings on. For others, Galleries offers a temporary diversion, becoming a destination within itself, awaiting aimless but satisfying- and sometimes meaningful- exploration.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shopping, Portrait, portraiture, consumer, Shopping Centre, Bristol, People
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Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Art and Design > Photography
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Matthew Murray
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 01:02
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4547

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