Spy Games at the Barbican


Inspired by the work of Robert Koci Fernandez and his wonderfully grainy high contrast iPhone images (usually including a man in a hat!), I took my street photography group to the Barbican to play spy games. The wonderful Brutalist architecture of the Barbican in London lends itself to a noir cold war soviet vibe.

Instructions included wearing dark clothes, a fedora (if anyone had one!) and making sure they weren’t followed to the meeting point. I started the group off by giving them each the name of another – the name of their ‘target’. And so the spy games began! Then they were released of their surveillance duties and set off in search of random solitary figures in the shadows, glimpses of spies in the corridors and hints of shady deeds going down…

See the workshop participant’s spy snaps here.

While a few of my classified shots are here:

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