Sutton Park has been a place of interest for many a photographer over the years. Supported by an Arts Council England grant, Anna Sparham is currently researching photographs of the park held in public archives. This talk will introduce some of those better-known photographers through the 19th and early 20th centuries and some contemporary photographers who are drawn to the park today, including herself. How have these photographers’ purposes and approaches varied? What and where has been their focus?
Originally from Sutton Coldfield, Anna graduated in photography in 2001 from Nottingham Trent University before pursuing a career in the museum sector. She was Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London from 2006 until her relocation back to Birmingham in 2019. Anna is currently an independent photography curator, researcher and photographic artist. She is also Co-Director of a new Community Interest Company, Developed in Birmingham.