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The Black Country: Photographs by Phil Loach 1970s – 90s

RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1SA

Tel: 01212364353

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Phil Loach (1949-2023), was born in Dudley and studied art and photography at Stourbridge College of Art and Leicester Polytechnic.

He became a press cameraman and worked for three newspaper groups, holding the post of chief photographer at two of them. During his 40-year career, he photographed a wide range of people and occasions in the West Midlands and beyond.

In addition to his press work, Phil created a large private archive of documentary photographs. His personal pictures, represented in this exhibition, reflect an incisive view of places, situations, and events, particularly in his home region of the Black Country. They demonstrate a rare observational candour and Phil's ability to see the unusual, and sometimes bizarre, aspects of everyday life within urban and industrial landscapes.

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