Simon Campbell was born in 1956. He has always stayed close to his roots in Cardiff and his creative and artistic bent has been deeply enmeshed in projects within his own community. He was a founder member of Butetown Photography Group and the Black Film and Video Workshop in Wales, which produced several films that were screened at film festivals around the UK. When Simon and a group of other like-minded locals set up the Cultural and Educational Training Centre in the Bay, creativity was high on the agenda. As well as providing social and legal advice, they ran classes in photography, pottery, art, sewing, woodworking, batik, cookery and basket weaving. Simon’s creative drive led him to a new vocation in the late 1990s, designing and crafting stone-set silver jewellery at his shop, Debris, in Pontcanna, Cardiff.
Anthony Campbell was born in 1955 and his passions for photography and music are well illustrated in the exhibition. Many of his pictures centre on the pubs and clubs of the Bay where he played bass guitar with local soul band Messiah and always had his camera on hand at gigs to capture the mood of the audience whenever there was a break in the music. After studying art at Cardiff College of Art in the early 1970s, Anthony pursued a graphic design course at Newport College of Art. Since leaving Cardiff in 1980 his career has spanned everything from corporate design to animation for feature films such as Hackers and Event Horizon. He currently works as a freelance designer and motion graphics artist in London.
As well as setting up their company, 15th Floor Productions a few years ago, they also recently published a book based on their popular Inside Out photographic exhibition capturing the Tiger Bay community during The 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. At the same time, they embarked on their first documentary as joint producers (as well as film and sound crew!) of Tiger Brides. This film was centred around the lives of local Tiger Bay women who married Black American GIs stationed here in WW2.
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