Coming Home by Walter Waygood, Documentary Photographer

4th September 2010 - 3rd January 2011

Abergavenny Museum is currently holding a exhibition titled ‘Coming Home’ by documentary photographer Walter Waygood.  ‘Coming Home’ is a representative exhibition of photographs taken in South Wales during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990’s.  Many of the images depict community life during a time of dramatic change within the social and industrial life of a region.  Many of these early black and white photographs were taken using an old fashioned large format, brass and mahogany Gandolfi camera.



The style of photography was greatly influenced by the American photographers of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and the German documentary photographer August Sander.  The photographic image has been used as a record and also provides a platform for social comment.



Graduating in BA and then MA Find Art, Walter worked as a community artist in the Mid Glamorgan valley regions in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Working alongside many community and educational institutions photography was promoted as a political, educational and creative tool.



After lecturing for a period at local colleges, in 1995 Walter left South Wales and moved to the New Forest to teach photography at Brockenurst College, Hampshire.



This touring exhibition is an attempt to reproduce negatives that were lost but found again in an attic of his old home in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil.  Images taken over 30 years ago are being excitingly rediscovered that reflect a harsh but often heart warming record of the community life of a bygone period.



In the Abergavenny exhibition we have focused particularly on animals and the photographs include scenes at the Abergavenny Livestock Market as well as street scenes around the town.  Included are also views of the surrounding landscape.  The exhibition is on until Monday 3rd January and works from the show are available for sale.  An exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition.