Close Up


Year: 2010
Country of Production: UK
Production Format: Digital
Exhibition Format: Banner 18 × 25 metre; Individual Portraits 841 × 594 mm Digital B/W Prints

Close Up was commissioned by Sheffield Children’s Festival and The Learning Year, supported by Sheffield City Council, VINCI Education, Urban Splash and Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park.


Timelapse footage of installation of Close Up artwork
Photographer and workshop facilitator


Yorkshire Post
The Star, Sheffield
Sheffield Telegraph
Park Hill Flats


Commissioned for the 2010 Sheffield Children’s Festival, Close Up included portrait photography workshops in 15 schools throughout the city of Sheffield with children aged from 5 to 16. Johnson made photographic portraits of over 500 children within these workshops. These images were later collaged to create a giant photographic mosaic of Sherrelle Parker, a child nominated for her outstanding contribution to her community.

The artwork was printed 18 × 25 metres and displayed on the iconic Sheffield Park Hill flats – the largest artwork created for the city to date.

Discussion of the project was featured on Radio 4’s Front Row programme as an outstanding project in support of Sheffield’s shortlisted bid as the 2013 UK City of Culture.

Exhibition in the Public Realm

Sheffield Children’s Festival Park Hill Flats, Sheffield 15.06.10–30.07.10