From David Beschizza:
Still on the shelf
A Photo documentation on the last 10 days of Woolworth’s. 2008/09
Calling all Camera Carriers………
Your assistance is needed to document the death of a British institution and illustrate, in pictures, the end of Britain’s love affair with the substandard and unnecessary.
“The nationally known chainstore, Woolworths, is to close its doors forever after over 100 years of trading on the 5th of January 2009. Woolworths has served several generations, most noticeably those during the 2nd world war and has been a cornerstone of british society since its first store opened in liverpool in 1906.
The iconic high street retailer is due to start closing its 800 stores on December 27, when around 200 outlets will shut. Further closures are due on December 29 and 30, followed by January 2 and 5. “
This project is setting out to collate pictures of the last 10 days (boxing day, the 26th to the 5th) to be used as a representation of a country heading into a recession, highlighting the items that a nation has no apparent need or desire for and marking the rather ungracious end to a stalwart of British town centers.
All Styles are welcome, all interpretations anticipated, be kind, be brutal but just start snapping…..
Any format will be accepted – From high res digital files to polaroids.
Although camera phone pics will most likely not make it into the final collection unless of exceptional quality/content.
All Contributors will be fully credited.
No money is expected to be made from this venture but in th event that some was, It shall be distributed evenly between contributors.
My reason for wanting to do this sprung from a recent visit to one store. When I entered I was amazed at the state of the place and the general atmosphere in there. Rubbish was left on the shelves alongside broken items for sale, whole aisles had been blocked off and the staff had started to use them as rubbish skips. There was such a sense of surrender and despair. My favourite thing were the items that were left unsold such as Jeremy Clarkson books, ‘Steps’ greatest hits and more of the like. These few unwanted bits, amongst such devastated surroundings really rung true of the direction I see the country heading.
All of this added with the love and loyalty my grandparents had for the store made me think it needed documenting.
The dissemination plan is still in process but the window for making these pictures is incredibly small.