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Birmingham Instagram photo gallery captures city

Instagram photo Image copyright Fraser McGee
Image caption One of the hundreds of photos on display at the Ikon gallery

Hundreds of social media photos capturing hidden sights of Birmingham have gone on display to celebrate a landmark year in the city.

The exhibition features pictures of the city posted on photo-sharing site Instagram and is the first display of its kind at the Ikon Gallery.

Themes include architectural heritage, hidden spaces, urban street art, evolving landscape, art and culture.

The More Birmingham Instagram Showcase runs until Sunday.

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Image caption The More Birmingham Instagram Showcase celebrates a series of 'Instameet' social media events throughout 2015
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Image caption The show was organised by the city's official leisure tourism programme Visit Birmingham in collaboration with the Ikon Gallery

The exhibition celebrates a successful series of 'Instameet' social media events that have taken place throughout 2015.

The events captured key milestones, from the opening of the revamped New Street Station to the redevelopment of Paradise Circus, key cultural celebrations such as the Big Hoot and the Birmingham Weekender.

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Image caption Birmingham's Instameet events have created "an online photographic legacy" said Emma Gray from Visit Birmingham

The thousands of images produced have generated more than one million hits across social media throughout the year.

Emma Gray, director of marketing and communications at Visit Birmingham, said: "Birmingham's Instameet events have created an online photographic legacy, with thousands of remarkable images generated and shared amongst potential visitors across the world."

The exhibition comprises a mixture of print and projected photography, complimented by a virtual gallery accessible online.

Image copyright Lisa Barwick
Image caption Themes include architectural heritage, hidden spaces, urban street art, evolving landscape, art and culture
Image copyright fiona MacCionnaith
Image caption More Birmingham Instagram Showcase runs until Sunday
Image copyright Beth Astington
Image caption The exhibition offers a unique perspective from Birmingham's Instagram community
Image copyright Dean Barnes
Image caption The Instagram photos are displayed alongside the works of internationally acclaimed artists
Image copyright Dean Barnes
Image caption The images are displayed through print and projection

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