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Nick Hedges


Nick Hedges is Head of Photography at Wolverhampton University. He has been involved in documentary photography for over thirty years, with a particular emphasis on working for charities and other agencies of change. As well as documenting the state of housing in Britain for the charity Shelter, Hedges has had his work published worldwide and as his photographs were published in the Ten.8 magazine and exhibited by Ten.8 Touring. Some of his work can also be found in the Derek Bishton and Ten.8 archive including the exhibition I’m a Believer - Religion in the West Midlands, 1976-77.

The Nick Hedges collection includes 1,000 images taken when he was commissioned by Shelter to document the poor housing conditions suffered by many in this country in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Hedges travelled all over the country, visiting London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow and other major cities, contrasting the conditions he found there with those living in the countryside. The photographs include images of many immigrant communities including, for example, tenements in London funded by the Rothschild family to house Jews fleeing Eastern European persecution in the early 20th century.


Photographs by Nick Hedges [MS 2399 and MS 2478] are available at Birmingham City Archives.





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