David Bate, course leader for Photographic Studies MA, is showing part of his most recent work taken from the series Indian Notes on Democracy in the North East England month-long photography festival 'The Social: encountering photography' in October-November.

The aim of this installation is multiple: to disrupt the usual habits of billboard images as the consumption of advertising messages, to disrupt our notions of social space and street culture, and to reflect on perceptions of what the differences are between first and third world street spaces.

This project includes further photographers such as Simon Roberts, Pete Fryer and Ananda van der Pluijm and the work is featured on illuminated public billboards on Newcastle's Metro stations.

For more information about the The Social: encountering photography, visit their webpage.

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