NINA MANANDHAR, PHOTOGRAPHER AND FOUNDER OF “WHAT WE WORE” ARCHIVE PROJECT, COLLECTS PERSONAL PHOTOS IN AN ATTEMPT TO TRACE THE STYLE THAT HAS MADE SOHO SPECIAL
With her website “What We Wore” Nina maps the hidden cultural history of Soho through people’s photography and stories since 2012. She gives a visual representation of the evolution of British fads, trends and fashions as well as the subcultures that gave them prominence.
The most interesting part of the platform is the personal touch of swinging the doors wide open and welcoming all to submit their own images along with the stories that accessorise them.
Declaring itself “a people’s history of British style”, the project – originally starting off as a blog – has grown into an otherworldly archive, a style tome and now a residency at The Photographers’ Gallery since this summer. The commission for the Gallery’s Media Wall, entitled What Soho Wore has a specific focus on Soho – an area riddled with scandalous stories of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
If you have an image to share you have until September 18th to sumbit your photos to “What Soho Wore” via the dedicated project website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line SOHO. Alternatively, share via Instagram by tagging photos with the hashtag #whatsohowore or bring your photos to the mobile archive at The Photographers’ Gallery to have your images digitised for free!