Photographers’ exhibition shows off the market’s diverse attractions

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the p

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the perks of using Norwich Market. - Credit: Archant

It may not be the first place you think of when you look for a location for an exhibition.

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the p

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the perks of using Norwich Market. - Credit: Archant

But Norwich market was the perfect venue for two social documentary photographers, who made a vow to themselves to put the market back on the map.

Sara Gill and Callum Burns, who both live in Norwich, set up their stall on the market temporarily to showcase the work they had done to document the market through their lenses.

The result was a variety of photos, from portraits, to candid shots, demonstrating the authenticity of the stalls and market traders.

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the p

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the perks of using Norwich Market. - Credit: Archant

Miss Gill, 23, said: 'With the rise of the supermarkets and cheaper, high street clothes stores, the market as a place to shop is deteriorating. Regeneration is on the cards, and many stalls have seen their sales fall.


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'As two avid social documentary photographers we set out this year to observe the market through our lenses, capturing the market traders, their produce and the atmosphere they found.

'We hoped we could show more people what is available on the stalls and in turn, bring more people to the market to visit and shop.'

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the p

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the perks of using Norwich Market. - Credit: Archant

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On an almost weekly basis the couple, who both work fulltime at Brandbank, observed the market, and created images they hope would bring people to the market who don't often visit.

'We are sharing what we love about the market, while also encouraging others to explore it themselves,' added Miss Gill.

The site-specific exhibition turned out to be a big success as stall holders, members of the public, family and friends all went along to see vibrant and lively photographs of the market.

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the p

Sara Gill and Callum Burns put together a photo exhibition called Not Just Chips, highlighting the perks of using Norwich Market. - Credit: Archant

'We set out to spread the word about what is on offer at Norwich market, and we feel this has been achieved. And from the positive feedback and energy of the photography exhibition, we have plans to continue on with this project.

They both hope there will be new visitors and traders coming to the market, which is something they will continue to document with the aim of eventually creating a book.

'We would both like to be able to document how the market is currently evolving and becoming busier than it has been for a long time.'

• To view the photos or order prints, visit www.saragill.co.uk or www.callumburnsphoto.com

• Tweet @EveningNews with the hashtag #NorwichMarket, or visit the Norwich Evening News Facebook page, to tell us why you love the market.

Do you have an interesting memories of the market? Email geraldine.scott@archant.co.uk

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