The business: Cities at Dawn
A photographic, publishing and workshop business inspired by my husband’s book London at Dawn. We will travel to other popular cities for Anthony to photograph – Paris, Venice, Istanbul – publishing books, exhibitions and running photo workshops.
Why Cities at Dawn?
In 2002 my husband’s book London at Dawn came out and was a smash hit with Londoners. We are always amazed that we still regularly meet people who have bought the book and loved it. So after years of pontificating we decided to expand on that enthusiasm to launch other dawn-inspired products and go to other cities. Early in 2011 we launched the London at Dawn photo workshops and have now launched in Istanbul, Venice, Rome and Paris.
The idea for the book came from my father John Bird who had wanted to do a book on the subject since sleeping rough on the city streets in the 60’s. Alongside Anthony’s beautiful photos personalities wrote pieces about their experiences of dawn in the capital – great folk like Benjamin Zephaniah, Mo Mowlam, Sir Anthony Sher, Simon Callow and Alain de Botton. We launched the book at a gallery we created, The Fish House Gallery in Borough Market (a former banana warehouse that had been abandoned 40 years previous). It was our first ‘pop-up gallery’ and was hugely popular. We sold a bunch of Anthony’s limited edition prints.
Anthony moved on to other projects as did I but we’ve come back to the idea and developed it because hey if London was popular then surely Paris at Dawn, New York at Dawn, Rome at Dawn… will too? The idea of travelling to these beautiful cities rather appeals to us too. So this is our new business Cities at Dawn. BBC World did a lovely little news piece on the project last year, take a look here.
Cities at Dawn Photography workshops & tours
In 2011 we launched our Cities at Dawn photo workshops. Run by Anthony we take intrepid city dwellers out to discover hidden views of London, Paris and Venice whilst receiving professional photo training on the move through some of the cities most photogenic and interesting parts. Learning how to create unique images, use your equipment effectively and how to photograph the city at it’s most peaceful and beautiful. Our routes take us through iconic views, dilapidated byways and gleaming streets.
I also work on other art photo projects that Anthony has going on – organising multiple exhibitions and press for The Homeless World Cup project Anthony shot in Mexico and Poland. I am feeling quite busy. Yes I am.
See Anthony’s work on his website.