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With a Conscious Eye
November 28, 2013Posted by on
Our great friend David Constantine is taking part in an exhibition with Nick Danziger and Justin Partyka called With A Conscious Eye.
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
The exhibition is held between the 4th and 21st December at Osbourne and Samuel 23a BRUTON STREET LONDON W1J 6QG TELEPHONE +44 (0)20 7493 7939
Here is a bit about David from the press release and some of his pictures
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.