This temporary exhibition at the Museum of Oxford brings together portraits of Oxford citizens, taken about a century apart.
Henry Underhill, a grocer with a shop on the High Street in the late 19th/early 20th century, took striking photographic portraits of his friends and family in their moments of leisure. Some 100 years later, Kazem Hakimi, owner of the well-loved chip shop on Iffley Road, takes similarly candid photos of his customers, quickly capturing them as they’re waiting for their order.
The photos are exhibited side by side. The selection was made by Mr Hakimi and the Museum staff, and is mostly based on perceived similarities, for example in composition, facial expression, or fashion accessories.
We invite visitors to try and spot the similarities, while at the same time noticing differences between lives past and present, and perhaps asking: what will a similar exhibition look like a hundred years from now?
Dates and opening hours
7 January to 1 April 2023, Museum of Oxford, Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission by voluntary donation.
The exhibition will also be on display at the Pegasus Theatre on Magdalen Road from 14 April to 6 May 2023. Check the Pegasus Theatre’s website for venue details.