Birmingham-based photographer Pogus Caesar has a new book coming out, specially commissioned by Be Birmingham and published by Punch and OOM Gallery Archive. Sparkbrook Pride consists of 70 black-and-white photos of residents of Sparkbrook – where Pogus grew up – all taken with his trademark Canon Sureshot camera. The book also has a foreword written by Benjamin Zephaniah and an introduction by Paris-based photographer Nigel Dickinson.
Last Autumn Pogus visited Sparkbrook several times, and the striking images in Sparkbrook Pride are the result. Documenting the diverse individuals who live and work in the area, the book features both the long-standing residents from the West Indies, Ireland, India and Pakistan and the more recent additions to the community from Somalia, Sudan, Malawi and Afghanistan, celebrating the rich cultural mix that defines the area.
Be Birmingham, in association with Punch and OOM Gallery Archive, will launch Sparkbrook Pride during March.