I am attending this FREE talk on Thursday night, organised by Photo-Forum, so thought I'd let you know about it in case you want to seek me out when there. Get there early if you want a seat!
London based photographer Dougie Wallace, "Glasweegee" grew up in Glasgow. He is known for his expressive social documentary and street photography.
He will be speaking about his vibrant portraits and street photography, with subjects ranging from Bombay's cab drivers to the stag and hens of Blackpool. Wallace's 'Stags, Hens and Bunnies' project focusses on the so called 'last day of freedom' before married life, the images show people at their best and worst in a single night and the subject's antics received correspondingly mixed reactions including over 1500 comments when the project was published by the Daily Mail.
Iain McKell describes his vision of Beautiful Britain as "not a pretty-postcard, chocolate-box-beauty. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to me it's in the gritty underbelly and in the understanding of this."
McKell's images reflect the complex and ever changing diversity of British culture, from skinheads to glamorous night owls, tourists, fetishists and travellers. McKell speaks about the 'us' rather than 'them' and gains his understanding and intimate photographs by becoming an active participant in the subcultures he documents rather than standing on the outside looking in. He will be speaking about his varied career including the 10 year project 'The New Gypsies'.