Are we so different? Portraits of 19th and 21st century people of Oxford: photographs by Kazem Hakimi and Henry Underhill

Submitted by Marta Lomza on January 9, 2023 - 09:31

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Museum of Oxford
Saturday, 7 January 2023 to Saturday, 1 April 2023
10am-5pm, Mon-Sat
Exhibition poster featuring a black & white 1915 photo of a young woman smiling as she's looking directly at the camera. The text includes exhibition details such as the exhibition title and dates.

This temporary exhibition at the Museum of Oxford brings together portraits of Oxford citizens, taken about a century apart.

Henry Underhill, a grocer with a shop on the High Street in the late 19th/early 20th century, took striking photographic portraits of his friends and family in their moments of leisure. Some 100 years later, Kazem Hakimi, owner of the well-loved chip shop on Iffley Road, takes similarly candid photos of his customers, quickly capturing them as they’re waiting for their order.

The photos are exhibited side by side. The selection was made by Mr Hakimi and the Museum staff, and is mostly based on perceived similarities, for example in composition, facial expression, or fashion accessories.

We invite visitors to try and spot the similarities, while at the same time noticing differences between lives past and present, and perhaps asking: what will a similar exhibition look like a hundred years from now?

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