• Milk & Sugar Cafe (upstairs in Old Library) (map)
  • The Hayes
  • Cardiff CF10 1BH
  • United Kingdom

Showing portraits gathered as part of a second year project whilst studying his University degree in Photography, Tony Charles' Pioneers of Welsh Pop exhibition is currently showing upstairs in the Old Library on the Hayes in Cardiff.

The project captures the pioneers of Welsh pop, rock, folk & entertainment from the 1960's and 70's who helped keep the Welsh language and culture alive.

The 1960s saw an emergence of new Welsh talent pioneering pop, folk and rock music in Wales in the Welsh language.  Some of my friends were involved in that new movement and some I photographed in the 60s and 70s.  Now looking back some 50 years later, I saw an opportunity to photograph some of these Welsh icons for my latest University project.  So, this project is part of my second year University degree course in Photography.  

The module is entitled “Expanding Photographic Possibilities” and with the guidance of my module tutors, Aled Rhys Hughes and Shaun McDermott, I have undertaken a fine art portrait photography project capturing creative images of some of these pioneers of the Welsh Pop, Rock & Entertainment scene.  The big challenge has been how to link past and present themes in the images so that the subjects have some identity established with their past.

This college assignment has involved selected people who have been mentioned to me and who have volunteered to give their time to be photographed.  The final output for my assessment is twelve A3 prints selected from the many portraits taken during this academic year and shown at the end of all the shoots below. 
— Tony Charles


The black and white images were shot in the studios of the School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the studios at the Arts Academy, Bridgend College, Trade Street, Cardiff.  Some were taken in North Wales at Portmeirion Village.

Full info on Tony's website

The exhibition launched on S4C's Heno programme on 25th June. Watch the S4C broadcast (whilst link is available) here

Images © Tony Charles and used here with permission.