Close Up

Project Photography · Please click on image for further stills

2010 // UK

a photographic project by
Esther Johnson

individual portraits
Digital 841 × 594 mm

exhibition format
Banner 18 × 25 metre

commissioned by
Sheffield Children’s Festival and The Learning Year
Sheffield City Council
Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park
VINCI Education
Urban Splash

Timelapse footage of installation of Close Up artwork

Photographer and workshop facilitator

Yorkshire Post
The Star, Sheffield
Sheffield Telegraph
Park Hill Flats

Exhibited Work · Please click on image for further stills

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.


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