From global brand status at its peak in the 1850’s the Sheffield Cutlery industry has fought to maintain its integrity and to survive. As it enters the 21st Century a group of master crafts people strive to produce knives and flatware which rival those of former times. With ingenuity and commitment they succeed in producing a remarkable range of innovative and quality products.
This photo-documentary, conducted over a ten-year period, has had unprecedented access to the crafts men and women of the City producing a graphic and insightful record of their activities and craft.
Photographer, Martin Pick, has produced this work as a self funded project. He is internationally collected and published and is an Arts Council Visiting Artist Alumni.
“Photography has a unique ability to capture a sliver of time to illustrate the fact and emotion of the act being recorded. They provide an insight to the character and lives of individuals and collectively to the character and nature of a trade.”
Just a man with camera exploring this wonderful world and trying to make some sense out of it. My work has been published and collected internationally exhibited in fairs, galleries and museums within the UK, has sold from galleries and shops and has been exhibited in one man shows. I have just finished a one year residency under the UK's Arts Council scheme.