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An Eye on the World



Whenever the opportunity arose when working abroad as a filmmaker or on holiday with his family, David would take off with his Leica, "hunting" as he would say.  The resulting images, taken over 40 years, only existed as hundreds of contact sheets until he was diagnosed with an incurable cancer in 2009.  He then brought forward his retirement project of reviewing his lifetime archive of street photography.  The 2011 exhibition of this street photography, Through the Looking Glass, held at the Watermill in Aberfeldy, received worldwide coverage and is the inspiration for this book.

As with his award winning film work, his photographic images show a unique ability to capture his subject without seeming to intrude and often demonstrate his great sense of humour and his compassionate nature.




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An Eye on the Street



David's fascination with photography came from childhood experiences with his maternal grandmother, an enthusiastic amateur photographer with her own darkroom.  He often recalled endless happy hours watching negative become positive in a world of black and white.

In 1968 he captured the street life of Glasgow children with his new Pentax, a 21st birthday present. These images were taken in a city in transition against a background of crumbling tenement buildings. You can almost hear his chuckle behind the camera as he became complicit with their childish pranks:  pouring paint, erasing shop chalk boards, throwing stones at street lamps, playing with fire.  It was this portfolio of Glasgow '68 photographs which helped launch his very successful career in television.  They are now of extraordinary archival value and forty of the prints were commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2012, nine of which were exhibited in their New Collections Exhibition throughout the summer of 2015.

They are all in this book.




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