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An exhibition of contemporary images which brings together eye-witness reportage from the diversity in the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem at the time of the Purim Festival with streetscapes and portraiture from Byker, East Newcastle.

The exhibition also features fine art photography in the form of fractured images and reflections on mortality. The monochrome photoessay of Jerusalem in the day is in stark contrast with the colour from the streets of Byker at night and the large cut-up “Jackie Fractured” together with the triptych “Look No Further This Is It” showcase black and white fine art studio photography. 

David Jones is a photoartist living and working in Saltburn. His solo show, “Face Values”, took place at the Menier Gallery, Southwark in 2011 and explored the human gaze through a series of large close up portraits. He retired from his post as Deputy Dean in the School of the Arts at the University of Northampton in 2011 and returned to the North East where his pictures are regularly exhibited at Palace Arts Gallery in Redcar. He now works across the fields of documentary, reportage, candid and street portrait.

As a portraitist he continues to be interested in the human gaze and how a captured glance can reveal aspects of personality and preoccupation, sometimes hinting at darker concerns. As a documentary street photographer he aims to make photographs which show how, when unguarded, people can often dissolve inside themselves – contemplative and seemingly searching – and, in so doing, he reshapes the viewer as an intruder confronting something private, personal, sometimes even bleak. There’s always a secret or private narrative behind the image.

The exhibition runs from Sat 9 Mar until Thu 25 Apr.