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Sally Ann is in line to snap up major European picture award.

ONE of the North East's most talented commercial photographers has been shortlisted for a major European award after being inspired by one of Newcastle's most desolate landscapes.

Sally Ann Norman is one of only 28 photographers from around the world who have been shortlisted for the European Architectural Photography Prize 2009, which this year took the theme of "New Homelands", with photographers asked to submit four pictures exploring how demolitions, conversions and new developments are all contributing to the creation of living spaces.

The prize is awarded every two years by architekturbild e.v. in cooperation with the German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt, with the shortlisted photographers' entries shown at an exhibition in the German Architecture Museum at the end of this month and published in an accompanying book.

For Sally, who works from a studio in Gateshead, the theme was right up her street after specialising in the photographic documentation of some of the region's major construction projects.

Sally Ann Norman Photography was set up in 1991 and since then she has built up a varied portfolio of clients including BBC Worldwide, Ove Arup and Partners, the Royal Albert Hall, Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council, and Nexus.

One of Sally Ann's most recent projects was to record the refurbishment of the Tyneside Cinema where some of the photographs are currently on show in the Coffee Rooms.

Sally, who is currently documenting the refurbishment of Victor Pasmore's Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee, chose a derelict area of Scotswood, Newcastle, which vividly illustrated the City's evolution from the old to the new.

"I was searching for a location that was half way between being one thing and another and wanted to explore the idea of the loss of place," explained Sally.

"I found a part of Scotswood where the houses had been demolished but the roads and streetlights remained, leaving a stark and desolate landscape.

"It's somewhere people used to live, but when you take away the homes and the people, nature takes over again as part of the cycle."


DOCUMENTING PROJECTS Photographer Sally Ann Norman, who has been shortlisted for a major European award, on the High Level Bridge in Newcastle.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 22, 2009
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