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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Tadhg Devlin

I love Tadhg Devlin's pictures of Peckham, The Ballad of Rye Lane. The project isn't on his website yet, but should be soon. In the meantime, it will be on show at the University of Wales Documentary Photography MA Exhibition.

His work is a vision of London as an organic entity with undercurrents and eddies that mark out the different perspectives and identities that make a city what it is. In Tadhg's own words:

"I am trying to explore what Jonathan Raban referred to as ‘the soft city’ – a city that involves the complexity of relationships and individual’s experiences, not only the physical space within a city but the psychological terrain created by its occupiers. ‘The city as we imagine it, the soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, nightmare…. as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate on maps, in statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture.’ "

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