The Side Gallery by the quayside in Newcastle is one of my favourite galleries, it specialises in documentary photography and is just the best thing ever basically have a look.

The exhibition previous to their current one was so good I went twice, John Davies’ Urban Dreams/City State. A bold documentation of the city planning legacy left by the infamous T Dan Smith, around Gateshead and Newcastle in the 60s. I really love all this brutalism style architecture but it’s not to everyones tastes, however I can’t imagine i’d feel the same if the entirety of the city had been replaced with it, my favourite thing about Newcastle is the sheer diversity of architecture it would be a massive shame if one style dominated.

Urban Dreams John Davies Trinity Square Car Park low res


Their current exhibition, Legacy, I went to the opening of on saturday night as part of The Late Shows. It features work by George Georgiou, Lucia Ganieva, Mila Teshaieva, Rafal Milach, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Donald Weber, Olga Kravets, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko, taken in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and The Caucasus.

‘The second of Side Gallery’s Eurovisions exhibitions, linked to the 25th anniversary of the coming down of the Berlin Wall, Legacy looks at the new East-West borderlands of the former Soviet Union republics. Struggles for independence and identity take place against the intensifying backdrop of a geo-political battle between Russia and European Union. Through a series of imaginative landscapes the exhibition explores shared histories, isolation and engagement, tradition and the desire for modernity.’

They’re the sort of photographs I one day hope to be taking.

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