Let's Talk About Capitalism: Michael Barry Photography

Written by: Violet Myers

Prior to the CCI Collective’s upcoming event ‘All of This is Temporary’, happening on the 23rd of February at Rich Mix, we’ve been talking about capitalism, post-capitalism and how culture can have an affect on politics. One of the artists to be featured is photographer Michael Barry, who has been working in North London as North Four’s in-house photographer for the past year. Michael’s body of work is contradictory and filled with opposing subject matter. Influenced by what it means to be a young adult today, his work hangs between portraiture and documentary, often swinging between posed portraits of his peers and candid street snaps of the older generation.

His personal work, especially the portraits of London teenagers, carries over a fashion-forward aesthetic. Michael’s candid street photos, shot in London, communicate a feeling  of privacy invasion. This perceived ‘invasion of privacy’ allows moments of authenticity to be captured. The subject is unaware of their photo being taken and so appears more faithful to true life – an antidote to the digital age where cameras we carry on our smartphones have caused us to become hyper-aware of how others perceive us. Michael’s subjects have an honesty and vulnerability about them that are quiet in tone which lends itself well to the notion that ‘loneliness-in-a-big-city’ is possible.

North London Photographer Michael Barry's Photography for CCI Collective's upcoming event 'All of This is Temporary', Rich Mix, East London, Capitalism, Post Capitalism

Michael’s exploration of the digital age and his voyeuristic style are showcased in several images featured at ‘All of This is Temporary’ on the 23rd February @ The Rich Mix, Brixton.

Check out Mike’s blog here.

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North London Photographer Michael Barry's Photography for CCI Collective's upcoming event 'All of This is Temporary', Rich Mix, East London, Capitalism, Post Capitalism
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