Renowned local photographer Alan Van Wijgerden has been capturing images of the Coventry for decades. His vast collection of hundreds of thousands of images, tell stories of the history of the city from over 40 years.
He is currently exhibiting a collection of work titled “Fun Factory” at Class Room Gallery (open until 14th Jan 2018). This captivating selection of images are a documentation of the lives of Fine Art students in Coventry in the 80s. He captured protests, gritty student accommodation, music gigs plus a record of work at the degree show.
We’ve chatted to Alan to find out a little bit more about his photography. Here is what he had to say:
When did you first get into photography?
I first got into photography when I was about 12 with a brownie type camera cutting people heads off which I still hate now.
What type of photographer would you describe yourself as?
Primarily a documentary photographer, although I have done a lot of architectural photography.
We were fascinated by your “Fun Factory” exhibition at Class Room Gallery. What was it about the lives of the Fine Art students in the 80s that drew your interest in?
I first became interested in Fine Art when I met students in the art-fac canteen then the best cafe in the poly. It was interesting and exciting, very active politically.
What other subjects and themes has your photography explored over the years?
Mainly architectural and demonstrations.
What and who do you draw inspiration from?
I draw most inspiration I would say from the Magnum photographers and Walker Evans.
Have you got any future projects in the pipeline?
Yes there’s several photo projects in the offing and also several videos.
Where can people follow you to find out more?
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/wijgerden