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Stephen McLaren April 29, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in England.

Hackney, East London 2006

Stephen McLaren (b. 1967, England) was a television director and cameraman making  documentaries for the BBC before digital cameras brought him back to  photography. He became a professional photographer in 2005 and works mainly in London. His work has been published in The Guardian, Observer, BJP and the New Yorker among others and is set to appear in three exhibitions this year, “London Street Photography” at the Museum of London, FORMAT at the University of Derby, and Look 2011 in Liverpool. Stephan has also curated street photography exhibitions which have traveled in Europe with the British Council and is the co-editor of the book Street Photography Now, published by Thames and Hudson in 2010.

About the Photograph:

“I am shooting a series about how couple’s relationships play themselves out in public, especially when you can tell that some kind of emotional dynamic is affecting their behavior. Okay, its a bit voyeuristic, a bit nosy, but I’m sure we all know what it’s like to be in a public space but reacting only to our partner’s emotional state. So on a stormy day on a canal in east London I am taking refuge from a sudden downpour under a bridge with a couple who are at the tail end of an argument. Rather than hang around and exacerbate the tension the woman decides she’s rather be soaked wet. I have no idea why they were arguing but her reaction left me with lots of questions.”