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Eye on the world: David Peat’s street photography

I’ve been a bit busy lately, teaching a summer school at Lady Margaret Hall here in Oxford in the mornings, so cramming all the rest of my day into the afternoon. Less time to wander the web and find interesting things to delight you. However this came to me from two different sources, so took the time to have a look and really recommend you do the same.

“David Peat is an award-winning documentary film-maker from Scotland. Travelling across the globe for the past 40 years, he has also been building a huge portfolio from his passion for street photography.

But the 64-year-old had never enlarged any of the pictures beyond tiny contact sheets until two years ago, when he was diagnosed with Myeloma, an incurable cancer.

Not wanting to leave thousands of uncatalogued, unseen images lying in boxes he began going through the collection – starting with the photographs he had shot of children playing in the Gorbals in Glasgow in the 1960s.”

There is a short film showing some of his pictures and David talking about what has motivated him to make pictures here

There is an exhibition of his pictures at the Aberfeldy Watermill

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