Peter Lavery has been fascinated with the circus since dropping in on a small indoor circus in his home town of Wakefield in 1968.
I was immediately struck by the disparity between the outward exoticism, the finery, the sequinned costumes, the plumes, the elaborate display and back stage ordinariness. At once I was enthralled by the sounds and the smell, but I had no idea the subject would capture and hold my imagination for the best part of five decades.
All shot on a plate camera, the images are considered one of the most important examples of human and social documentation produced in Britain.
Join us for a walk and talk tour of the Circus Work exhibition.