An Eye on the World: A Retrospective

There are some fantastic exhibitions coming up at the Dovecot studios this year and the one I am most excited about kicks off at the end of the month.

Hands up if you’ve heard of David Peat.

No? Well, you’re in for a treat.

Peat was a Scottish film-maker and photographer.  His passion was recording humanity, documenting the lives of ordinary people.  It was a theme that re-occurred time and time again in his work, whether he was recording peoples’ lives on film or discreetly photographing them on the street.

In a career spanning 40 years Peat built an extensive personal portfolio of images from working around the world as a documentary film-maker.

The Dovecot are showing some of his earliest work, including a portfolio from 1968 (when Peat was just 21 years old) portraying images of the street life of children in Glasgow.  Set against a backdrop of crumbling tenements these amazing photographs capture a city in transition and create a powerful impact to this day.

From that day forward, whenever the opportunity arose, Peat continued to record street life and to showcase his unique talent:  his ability to capture his subject without seeming to intrude, with sensitivity, often with humour and always with compassion.

An Eye on the World will be held at the Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh from 27th September – 26th October 2013.   


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