Birmingham photography workshop to explore Nicklin Unseen

via Chris for Brumpic/Colmore Business District

Photography workshop to explore Nicklin Unseen

Amateur and professional photographers alike are being invited to explore Birmingham’s landscape on 22nd January as two of the city’s top urban photographers lead a hands-on session through the streets of the city centre.

Colmore Business District has teamed up with photographers Tim Cornbill and Verity Milligan to deliver an in-depth session combining discussions with a walking tour where participants will be able to take their own shots of the bustling city centre.

Newtown - 28th March 1967
Newtown – 28th March 1967

The workshop follows the success of Nicklin Unseen, an outdoor photography exhibition located in Snow Hill Square, featuring over 50 images of Birmingham between 1953-69. Taken over a 16-year period as part of a long term, structured project, the images are the work of Phyllis Nicklin, a former staff tutor in geography at the extra-mural department at the University of Birmingham.

Nicklin’s work will feature as part of the workshop in a talk from Pete James, former head of photography at the Library of Birmingham who will discuss the history of photography and how it has changed in Birmingham.

Nicklin Unseen is a collaborative project between Brumpic, Colmore Business District (CBD) and the Library of Birmingham. It received a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Grant in August and has received additional funding from leading transport consultancy JMP and support from Reuben Colley Fine Art.

Rob Valentine, vice chair of Colmore Business District, said: “Nicklin Unseen has been a fantastic success with the public. Since launching in October hundreds of thousands of people have explored the exhibition during their daily commute or when visiting. As Birmingham continues to evolve as a city, the exhibition acts as a reminder to how far the second city has come in just 60 years.”

“We’re incredibly excited to have both Tim and Verity onboard with our workshop. Both photographers have risen to fame on social media with their own stunning images of Birmingham and we’re delighted that they will be on hand to help budding photographers take their own Phyllis photos. Perhaps in 50 years it will be one of these photographers whose work will be displayed documenting Birmingham.”

Photographic Historian, Pete James, said: “Photographers like Phyllis Nicklin have been using their cameras to document the changing face of Birmingham’s social and physical landscape since the 1840s. Led by two of Birmingham’s leading urban photographers, this workshop will enable photographers of every age and ability to follow in Phyllis’s footsteps, develop their skills and add another layer to the rich photographic heritage documenting the ever changing fabric of this city.

The Nicklin Unseen photography workshop takes place on 22nd January at the Birmingham Midland Institute. The workshop is free to attend but places are limited. To book your place please email

Nicklin Unseen will be located in Snow Hill Square until 31st January 2016 and is free to attend. For more information visit or follow on Twitter.