Osborne Samuel presents With A Conscious Eye: An Exhibition of Three Photographers from 4 to 21 December. The exhibition showcases 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.
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1. David Constantine, Mumbai, India, C-Type Photograph, 40 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Osborne Samuel.