Stratford in pictures
PUBLISHED: 12:26 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:05 20 February 2013
A photography exhibition of work by veteran BBC Photographer, Willoughby 'Gus' Gullachsen, is being held this month as part of Stratford Literary Festival, supported by Warwickshire Life.
During a career spanning 50 years working for the BBC, TV Times and ABC Television, Willoughby Gus Gullachsen, 89, photographed some of the greatest names of the 20th century people like Mohammed Ali and The Beatles. A photography exhibition to be held this month features some of the great mans work but instead of delving into the archives to find celebrity portraits Gus has put together some of his favourite photographs of his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Alongside his pictures will be photographs taken by students of Stratford College and the Welcombe Hills School. The Students at the College, under tutor Nicola Haines, and pupils of Welcombe Hills School, with teacher Lucy Strauss, were commissioned by Stratford Literary Festival organisers to update the images as a unique record of their Stratford to sit alongside Gus pictures.
Students were sent out with an open brief to capture what they believe Stratford means to them not just a town of Shakespeare and the Bard, but a busy commercial town that has a thriving community. The results are a fascinating perspective sometime inspiring, sometimes depressing, says festival organiser, Annie Ashworth.
We are lucky to have someone of Gus skill living in Stratford, says Natasha Roderick-Jones, festival organiser. He has photographed so many well-known people over the years, but these images on show at the exhibition are a very personal memoir. Many are very amusing and others sum up the personality of the town perfectly. We thought it would be fun to have younger people in the community record their perception of Stratford at work and play, as there is so much more to the town than Shakespeare and the Theatre.
My Stratford is at the Civic Hall, Rother Street, from 25th April to 3rd May (entrance is free), and Gus Gullachsens images will be for sale, with proceeds going to the Shakespeare Hospice. Copies of his book, Shooting Through Life, will also be available to buy.
The Festival is supported by Stratford Town Trust, NFU Mutual and Warwickshire Life. Tickets for Festival events cost from 8 for adults and 5 for children with concessions for under 16s and over 60s. For further information visit www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk or call the Box Office: 01789 207100