Steve McCoy at Open Eye

Next Thursday, May 28th, as part of the Look Festival in Liverpool, Steve McCoy will be discussing some important archive-related questions. Here’s what the Open Eye Gallery say…

How does one classify an archive? Will the passage of time make photographs more useful as historical documents and less important as art? How does nostalgia affect work that was once contemporary? Stephen McCoy answers these questions and many more at Open Eye Gallery’s free artist talk: Archive and Collaboration.

Focussing on the reinvigoration of photographic archives through digital techniques, we explore everything archive from collaboration and the repair of negatives to image storage and dissemination.

McCoy’s personal practice focuses on the documentary of environmental issues with a strong emphasis on location.  Previously having worked in education teaching photography, McCoy now works on personal projects in collaboration with Stephanie Wynne and also as one half of the well-established Liverpool-based commercial photography venture McCoy Wynne.

Alongside his work published independently through Cafe Royal Books, McCoy’s Housing Estates 1979-81 series is also held in Open Eye Gallery’s archive subsequent to its display inUrban Landscapes (1981).

To book your place please ring +44 (0)151 236 6768 or email

Author: craigatkinsonstudio

UK based photographer, publisher (Café Royal Books), lecturer (UCLan), visiting lecturer (lots), and dad (x2). Generally concerned with street photography and places, usually Brutalist. Founded Café Royal Books in 2005. Publishes weekly titles focusing broadly on aspects of change, usually social documentary, in the UK, and between 1970 — 2000. Work collected by MoMA, Tate, V&A and many other international public, private and educational libraries, galleries and museums.

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