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Multistory, the Black Country Agency that has been at the forefront of high quality community photography launched their new publication, HOME MADE in SMETHWICK  in local Library with photographer Liz Hingley.  The book is a good mix of food and families from “the town with everything on the menu”.  A good turn out heard from Liz and Emma Chetcuti, from Multistory, about how it was important to focus on the many varieties of family food that are prepared across Smethwick, by a wide range of families.

albert explains spirtual values

Albert Smith actively explained how he prepares and bakes his speciality bread and how sharing bread has a spiritual dimension. ” @bertie126

Short video of the book.  There are very few left! Best be quick to get in touch with Multistory for your copy. Each photograph is accompanied with the family recipe printed on transparent tracing paper which makes for a unique good quality and value book.” There are great variety of food favourites from around the world including cheese on toast, Lipi, Ginger Cream Stacks, Gadjrela (carrot Halwa), Chin Chin Cookies and Crayfish.

irene takes her own pic

And Irene Sawyer was there having travelled to be at the event and see her Mother and son in the exhibition.

sawyer family by liz H

More information and tour dates at  and about Liz’s work –

albert, emma and liz

Albert, Emma and Photographer Liz Hingley listen.

Liz is described as a photographer and anthropologist and it becomes clear when talking to her and reading her introduction to Home Made in Smethwick that she does not ‘parachute’ into communities to ‘record’ them, but spends time with her subjects to understand who she is photographing: ‘puting the simple question”what is your favourite recipe”, from door to door, I was welcomed into homes to join the preparation of personal dishes rich with meaning and memory.’ The positive results of her approach are clear to see in the book and exhibition, which will be aired in libraries across the Black Country.

smet bearwood school

On my journey back to Birmingham I passed by an intriguing collection of metal pages on Bearwood School railings.

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