Since its birth in the 19th century, photography has captured the development of cities around the world, documenting the often huge changes in the urban landscape.
“We believe that photography plays an important role in opening up debates about urban change, voice and the condition of the city,” the festival organisers explain. The main theme this year is “photography, memory and archive”, exploring how the city operates as a living archive and how historical photographs visualise and politicise daily life of the past.
As cities swiftly change, photographs can capture urban destruction, decay, genesis and renewal; buildings lost, or iconic structures being built; the trappings of daily life gone by; transformed neighbourhoods and social history.
We’d love to see your old photos capturing urban places that have since changed – whether it’s your local neighbourhood or a city you visited, five years ago or five decades ago. You can submit photos and stories using THE WORLD AROUND (by clicking on the blue “contribute” button) and we’ll feature a selection on THE WORLD AROUND. Please ensure they are photographs you have permission to share.