McQueen eyes class photos at 2,410 schools

Steve McQueen, who came upon the idea while reflecting on his own childhood, will recruit 30 photographers to work on the project. It is to go on display at Tate Britain in London from November next year.
Steve McQueen, who came upon the idea while reflecting on his own childhood, will recruit 30 photographers to work on the project. It is to go on display at Tate Britain in London from November next year.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

British artist and director Steve McQueen wants to use the project to reflect on society's diversity and innocent potential

LONDON • To many people, a school photograph is a forgettable moment of childhood that often causes mild embarrassment later on.

But to British artist and director Steve McQueen - the man behind the Oscar-winning movie 12 Years A Slave (2013) and the coming Widows - that photograph can be much more: a chance to reflect on society's diversity and innocent potential.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2018, with the headline 'McQueen eyes class photos at 2,410 schools'. Print Edition | Subscribe