My mother calls me to tell me how much she liked to read the publication with the stories of the Southsiders. I had just given it to her an hour earlier. I tell her I will forward the compliment. Continue reading article
All are welcome to join us in launching the project at 2-4pm on Saturday 7 September in the University of Edinburgh’s Inspace gallery, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB.
I often question how long portraiture will remain relevant as a genre in this age of digital immediacy. But as a lifelong photographer I’m always reminded that a portrait will never fail to be pertinent because of our self-reflexive instinct to study the face of another and recognise it as our own.
Either Side of a Second
Internationally celebrated as both a filmmaker and a photographer, Wim Wenders reflected on the humanitarian potential of images in his collection of essays The Act of Seeing. “The most political decision you make,” he suggests, “is where you direct people’s eyes.” As a documentary filmmaker myself, however, and having had the privilege of filming the creative working process of the incomparable photographer Peter Dibdin with the Southsiders project as part of my masters dissertation at the University of Edinburgh, I would like to offer a modest expansion to Wenders’s prophetic perspective: the process of capturing visual identity, as it happens on both sides of the camera, is not only a matter of where we direct people’s eyes, but how.