Side Photographic Collection

Through its own production, support, purchase and retrieval, Amber has built up a significant photographic collection. Where possible, we're putting this work online.

The photographic engagement with the North of England has produced a remarkable enough body of work, but since Side Gallery opened in 1977, this has been extended through exhibition purchases and donations to include a wide-ranging representation of the international classic and contemporary documentary that continues to inspire us. Where we hold the rights and/or where the photographer gives permission, we're committed to putting as much of this work online as possible. As funding allows, new exhibitions will appear and some exhibitions will be developed further. Side Gallery, through the work of which so much of this collection has been achieved, is supported by Arts Council England.
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Unclear Family: Solo Show

Richard Grassick (Photographer)

An exhibition of the photographer's work, exploring family experience, developed around the four International Photography Workshops in the early to mid 1990s - Cheb County in the Czech Republic, Crook in County Durham, UK, The Somme valley in France and the Ruhr valley in Germany.

Urban Landscapes

Isabella Jedrzejczyk (Photographer)

Landscapes of Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and industrial Northumberland by a photographer who was part of the Side Gallery operation in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Weegee Collection

Weegee (Photographer)

Classic documentary photographs of New York taken between the 1930s and the 1960s. See Weegee the Famous on SideTV during March. The work was given to Amber by Weegee's widow Wilma Wilcox following Side Gallery's organisation of the first tour of his work in the UK in the early 1980s.

Wheatley Hill

Mary Gillens (Photographer)

The County Durham mining village of Wheatley Hill documented from the 1920s onwards by a member of the community.

Wills' Factory

Isabella Jedrzejczyk (Photographer), Ellin Hare (Writer)

The last days of a Newcastle upon Tyne cigarette factory, 1986, documented by the photographer who worked as part of the Side Gallery operation, with a text by Amber member Ellin Hare.

Working the Landscape: Images of Frosterley

Richard Grassick (Photographer), Jane Greenwell (Photographer), George Dodsworth (Photographer), Pete Maddison (Photographer)

Exploration of the village of Frosterley in South West Durham by Darlington Media Group, 1980s.

The Arab Boarding House

Peter Fryer 2 (Photographer)

Yemeni seamen settled in South Shields from the late C19th. Along with Somali seamen, they represent the first significant Muslim community in Britain

Kanaval by Leah Gordon

Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the streets of Haiti.

Writing in the Sand

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen (Photographer)

The life of beaches in the North East of England, captured between 1973 and 1998.

Workington and Maryport

John Rigby (Photographer)

Two West Cumbrian towns photographed in the mid-1980s, particularly looking at the docks and summer carnivals.