David Peat ‘Photographer: A Retrospective’
8 Jun 2012 - 5 Aug 2012
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12 - 5pm
Street Level Photoworks, ground floor
The roots of David Peat's photography lie firmly in the classic street photography genre. Continually inspired by the masters of street photography and their skill at seeing and hunting a meaningful image within a moment in time, Peat has quietly built his own personal portfolio of images during a working life around the world.
His earliest work, a portfolio from 1968 - shot when he was just 21 - is included in this exhibition and includes images of the street life of children in Glasgow, taken against the background of crumbling tenement buildings and a city in transition. These now have an extraordinary archival value and add to the body of work on life in Glasgow created around the same time by other noted Scottish photographers like Oscar Marzaroli and Joseph McKenzie. From 1970, to the present time, his collection of street photography from around the world has grown over these forty years. There are also a number of never before seen images in both categories that the photographer has recently uncovered.
Peat is also an award winning film-maker known for his intimate observational documentaries. A one-off screening of some of his works will be shown at the Glasgow Film Theatre during the course of the exhibition. Please check back later for dates.
A book titled 'An Eye on the Street' is being published by Renaissance Press to coincide with the exhibition.
A minigraph with an article by photography historian and curator, Sara Stevenson is available.
Exhibition related events:
Saturday 9th June at 3pm. Free
Film and photography historian David Bruce will give a guided talk on Peat's work.
Book Launch :
Friday 8th June, 6-8pm. Free
David Peat: An Eye On The Street (Glasgow 1968).
'In the late 1960s, twenty-one year old David Peat created a portfolio of photographs to gain entry to the film business. Peat, who was regarded as a leading cinematographer and documentary film maker, gave permission for Renaissance Press to publish these remarkable images which have remained unseen by the public for forty years -
The Glasgow photographed in 1968 has long gone, but the sights and smells of that time still exist in the recollections of those who lived as children in the streets and back courts of Gorbals, Tradeston, Maryhill and beyond. The black and white photographs in this little book can still sharpen the memory as no other medium can.'
An Eye on the Street is published by Renaissance Press. Contributors include Alan Spence, Robin Gillanders, David Bruce and Billy Connolly.
Price £9.99 "