Date: 27th November 2017 at 9:17pm
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If you love Bradford City, if you love any exhibitions linked to our beloved club or you may just love photography, let me introduce you all to Bradford City supporter Nudrat Afza and her link to Bradford City.

Nudrat Afza started her professional photography career back in 1986 when she received a grant from Yorkshire Arts to document the Bangladeshi community in Bradford and wanted to show the natural beauty of local people from different communities. Back in November 2015, one of her photos of a young Bantam supporter was used for the cover of The Bradford Review.

So why, on a football website am I introducing you all to Ms Afza and her work? Some of you may already be aware, Ms Afza has recently got some of her photographs on display at the National Science and Media museum in Bradford called City Girls. Ms Afza’s camera captures the essence of female supporters of all backgrounds and ages and is a great opportunity to see difference faces from the ones we sit next to in the stands.

The City Girls exhibition runs between 17th November up until June 2018 with free entry. If you are in Bradford, before a match or any other day, why not pop in and have a look. As a fellow Bantam, I will go and support any exhibition related to my club and some of the photos actually made me smile. The museum offers free entry and is a great way to entertain the family or fantastic way to kill a bit of time in the City as the location is very central to the centre, or to us older fans, you may know of the museum by the name of the National Photography museum.

So let’s put 5 questions to Nudrat Afza about photography and Bradford City and give us all a bit of a glimpse into another supporter’s world and to also put a person to the name.

1. How did you get into photography?
A) I have always liked looking at photographs. Around twenty-five years ago, I started taking photographs of people and places in my neighbourhood of Manningham. I feel passionate about photographs and like social documentary.

2. What encouraged you to do an exhibition about Bradford City, in particular one about female supporters?
A) Recently, I went to my first football match. I couldn’t believe how many beautiful women and girls there were in the crowd. And they were every bit as involved in the action as the men. I had to photograph them. I wanted to capture the beauty of the female football fans at Bradford and their enthusiasm and passion.

3. Many fans like to take photos of their day at the football, have you any advice to any young, or old fans of capturing their moment?
A) Look for the poignant picture.

4. What does Bradford City mean to you?
A) I am a new Bradford City fan – now I can stand and shout along with the rest of the fans.

5. What is your favourite Bradford City experience?
A) My favourite experience was when I went to my first football match. My disabled daughter led me by my hand up the steps to our steeply banked seats. She was confident, and had a sense of purpose as she guided me. Our usual roles were reversed. Also on that day hearing, fans singing ‘take me home, Midland Road’, it made feel like weeping.

I would like to thank Nudrat Afza for taking time out and answering a few questions for you all and next time you see her in the terraces…..smile, you never know, you may be the next face representing the city of Bradford or even Bradford City.

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