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Sixteen

What’s it like to be sixteen years old now? This is the central thread running through multimedia project Sixteen.

Photographer Craig Easton conceived this work following his engagement with sixteen year olds at the time of the Scottish Referendum. It was the first, and as yet only, time that sixteen year olds were given the vote. He went on to invite some of the UK’s foremost documentary portrait photographers to collaborate with young people across the country to make a visual vox pop.

Sixteen is an age of transition, of developmental, and of social change. At this time of increasing national and international anxiety, these young people are shifting from adolescence to become the adults who will live in a politically reshaped country, divorced from the Europe Union.

Photographers : Linda Brownlee, Craig Easton, Jillian Edelstein, Stuart Freedman, Sophie Gerrard, Kalpesh Lathigra, Roy Mehta, Christopher Nunn, Kate Peters, Simon Roberts, Michelle Sank, Abbie Trayler-Smith, plus the first of four specially selected students, David Copeland, MFA candidate at Ulster University.

With thanks to Canson, University of Salford, University of Salford Art Collection, Format Festival, QUAD, Manchester Central Library, Grain, 42nd Street, Horsfall Gallery, Birmingham City University, Redeye Photography Network and Widnes Vikings.