Photo from the exhibition, © Sal Idriss
Internationally acclaimed photographer, Sal Idriss, presents his interesting project Famous For The Wrong Reasons, a photographic exhibition created with young people from across London’s boroughs, which depicts the experiences of families affected by losing a teenage family member to gun and knife crime.
It movingly shows the families on their own terms, with the aim that they are perceived not as names, numbers or headlines that disappear, but as people who are coping with this loss, pain and immense sadness, every day.
The project emerged as a result of personal tragedy to Sal and his family. On 27 December 2007, Sal’s youngest brother Nassirudeen Isa-Osawe was stabbed to death in Islington (North London) in an unprovoked attack. He was just 16.
The experience drew Sal’s attention to other families throughout London who had experienced the devastating loss of a loved one through knife or gun crime. This eye-opening exhibition displays an array of photographic portraits representing families who have lost teenagers to violent crime.