A while back i went to the Brighton Photo Biennial, the UK’s largest international photography festival. Work from different photographers were on display such as photographer Alex Buckley, James Casey, Elizabeth Edwards, Andrew Lacon, Hannah Starkey, Syd Shelton and many others. looking through the variety of their work had me in awe, i enjoy exploring and learning new things, so a variety is always at my interest.
One of the exhibitions that i came across was ‘The mass education project’. The Project explores autobiographical accounts, that were hand written in diaries, photographs and flip books; and discover everyday activities and personal thoughts of individuals across different communities. Since 1937 anonymous individuals have submitted entries documenting their everyday lives to the mass observation archive, creating an unparalleled collective portrait of British society. Working in partnership with schools and community organisations in the South East, the mass observation archive have led creative workshops to enable people of all ages to document in text and photograph their daily lives and share those aspects of their community.
The mass observation archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original mass observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since 1981. The Archive is a charitable trust in the care of the University of Sussex.