Cambridge School of Art Student Captures City's Characters

Published: 20 December 2010 at 15:14

Student book puts the focus on eclectic eccentric Cambridge characters

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A Cambridge School of Art BA (Hons) Photography student has created a book celebrating the eccentric mix of individuals that make Cambridge such an eclectic and interesting city.

Julio Mosso came to Cambridge in 2005, from Santiagio in Chile via Spain and was intrigued by the mix of people that made up the city, from the transient population of students and travellers as well as more established members of the community often as familiar as the architecture. Having lived in many different places himself Julio recognises that it is the people themselves that are the essence of a place:

As Julio from Anglia Ruskin University explains:

“Some people stand out and become part of the collective memory of a place. Often the most interesting characters haven’t set out to gain recognition, instead their notoriety was something to be found by the people who see them or hear their stories. In time they become the identity and the culture of the place and make it unique and special.”

Julio set about his project by interviewing people in the local community to establish which individuals stood out. Inevitably these intriguing individuals raise questions in the minds of the people who see them and Julio collected these questions together and then, armed with a camera and a dictaophone, spent 8 months tracing and photographing the Characters.

His photographs and transcripts of his recordings, along with his drawing of the characters, form his book: Cambridge Characters. His work sheds an interesting light on some of the inner workings of the City and those who populate it. Cambridge Characters captures an essence of Cambridge which is both obvious and hidden; some of the Characters are so familiar they cease to be anything other than a backdrop to the goings on of the City; here life is breathed back in to them. In the book we discover things we didn’t know: the rude awakening suffered by the barge dwellers from the early morning shouts of the coxes on the Cam.

The book is available to buy from Waterstones and online at:

where the book can also be previewed along with snippets of the interviews.

For more information please contact, Sarah Jones,; 0845 196 2981