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Katharine MacDaid May 23, 2013

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Lynne, Orkney Islands, Scotland 2001

Katharine MacDaid (b.1979, Belfast) spent her childhood in Oman and America and studied photography at Napier University and then the Royal College of Art where she gained her masters. She has recently returned from Oman where she produced a large body of work as she explored the interior of the country far from the expat enclaves. Her ongoing project “Kate and Denis” looks at her parents with a dry humor and often bracing honesty about what makes relationships last. Katharine’s work has been exhibited at the Macro Testaccio Rome, The Palm Springs photo festival and the Ian Parry Scholarship exhibition. She currently lives in London.

About the Photograph:

“I met a boy from Orkney when I first went to Edinburgh to study. After four years of traveling back and forth I began to make work about a small group of friends, all living on the Orkney Islands. The girls and the boys mooching about, smoking joints, throwing stones. I’d spent my teenage years in London dressing up and hanging out in clubs. Lynne was a good friend. She’s sitting in what was called the summerhouse, in their garden rolling a joint. We were drinking beer and hanging out. It was too windy to roll joints outside. Every so often conversations drifted over thoughts of leaving and the desire to stay. The landscape seemed to promise a sense of freedom and stability yet it could constrict with a closed familiarity. I thought my work was about them, but I now think it was about the place and me.”

David Gillanders June 30, 2010

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Emergency room at The Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland 2006

David Gillanders (b. 1978, Scotland) obsession with photography developed in his early teens while training as a boxer in Glasgow. He became hypnotized by the black and white posters on the walls of the boxing clubs where he sparred. At the age of 16, he was fed up being punched in the head but still loved the atmosphere and characters in the boxing world and returned to the clubs with a camera to start and document what he saw. In the late 1990’s, David won a couple of local photographic competitions of work on Glasgow and began to secure regular commissions from several of Scotland’s leading broadsheet newspapers and magazines. With regular photographic commissions, David combines editorial and commercial assignments in an attempt to finance his own long term social documentary projects.

About the Photograph:

This photograph is part of a series exploring the massive problems we have in Glasgow in relation to knife crime. The young  man in the image, and his friend, have been subjected to a pre-meditated and sustained attacks by a young gang in retaliation for previous wrong doings. The young gang, aged between 14 and 18, were armed with machetes, swords and hammers. The subject of this photo was lucky as his friend sustained the brunt of the attack and at the time of this photo was undergoing surgery for severe head and neck wounds from a machete. It was thought that the gang were trying to decapitate him.”

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