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|Start Date:||4th December 2013|
|End Date:||21st December 2013|
Osborne Samuel presents an exhibition by three of the UK’s leading contemporary photographers, each of whom use their medium to provide unique and powerful insights into the lives and traditions of various communities and individuals around the world.
Over the course of his distinguished career, award-winning photographer Nick Danziger has travelled the globe documenting people in unusual or challenging circumstances, from conflict zones to political crises and impoverished inner city communities. His work in the current exhibition captures Hindu pilgrims in the throes of India’s greatest sacred rite, Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in human history.
Paralysed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair since the age of 21, David Constantine has a
unique physical and emotional perspective from which he photographs people in developing countries and
communities striving to recover from conflict. His work expresses a dignified humanism; rather than seeking out photographs that are conventionally dramatic, he documents people and places in a direct yet gentle
manner, resulting in images that are quietly compelling.
Closer to home, Justin Partyka presents a series of photographs that depict the lives of “the forgotten people of the flatlands” - the remnants of the agrarian community of East Anglia, who live on the margins of modern society in one of the country’s most rural and agricultural regions. His timeless images are the result of many years spent in the farmlands of the area, patiently watching how man and landscape intimately shape each other, offering a glimpse into a disappearing way of life.
Nick Danziger is one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists. Having developed a taste for adventure and travel at a young age, inspired by the comic-strip Belgian reporter Tintin, in 1982 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship which enabled him to spend 18 months on the ancient Silk Route. He documented his adventures in diaries and photographs, which formed the basis of his first book, the best-selling Danziger’s Travels (1987).
Danziger is the author of a number of other highly-acclaimed publications including Danziger’s Britain (1996) and The British (2002), which was awarded Best Monochrome illustrated Book by The British Book Design & Production Awards in 2002. He has won several prestigious awards including the World Press Photo 1st Prize in the Single Portrait Award for his ‘mirror’ image of Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush (2004). His work is represented in many public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and in 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society.
David Constantine studied at the Royal College of Art, London and was a keen photographer from an early age, but in 1982, aged 21, a diving accident left him paralysed from the shoulders down, unable to grip or pick up a camera. However, with help from a number of people, in particular Ian Dickens, Head of PR at Olympus Cameras and photographer Keith Barnes, he was able to start taking pictures again just over a year after the injury.
Over the last 20 years, Constantine’s work has taken him to many different corners of the world, photographing subjects who are often living in hard, struggling environments. The sense of history in a place is very important to him and he tries to capture people who have lived through or are living through times of great change in their country. In 1991 he established the charity, Motivation, which provides high-quality, low-cost wheelchairs to disabled people in developing countries.
Justin Partyka was born in Norfolk and trained as a folklorist at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. In 2001 he returned home to East Anglia and worked for over a decade photographing the region’s agrarian community. In 2005 a number of these photographs were included in the exhibition A Picture of Britain at the Tate, London, and featured in a solo show at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich in 2009.
In 2010 Partyka was commissioned by the publishers Full Circle Editions to produce a new series of photographs in the Cambridgeshire Fens, which were featured in the book Fenwomen (2011). In the same year, with his creative partner Bee Farrell, Partyka launched Backroad Books, a small publishing house for limited edition photography books.
(Image: Nick Danziger, Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India, 2013, C-Type Photograph, 27 1/2 x 36 in)