What Do Artists Do All Day: Dougie Wallace

  • Gemma Peppe
East London-based photographer Dougie Wallace grew up in Glasgow. Internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects and his distinct direct style of expressive street photography, he has published three books: Stags, Hens and Bunnies - A Blackpool Story (Dewi Lewis Media, 2014), Shoreditch Wild Life (Hoxton Mini Press, 2014), and Road Wallah (Dewi Lewis publishing, 2016), all of which generated critical acclaim and a viral buzz.
His latest series “Harrodsburg” won the inaugural Magnum Photography Award 2016, and has already had two major exhibitions and featured in numerous national and international publications. A book of the Harrodsburg photographs is due to be published in early 2017.
“Living in Shoreditch has helped me develop an eye for the tragi-comic, messy side of uninhibited human behaviour. My Glasgow upbringing shaped my style, which has been described as 'visually exaggerated' and 'hard edged'. What motivates my pictures is human behaviour – I’m fascinated by people’s interactions and emotions. I’d like to think that my photos convey a personalised point of view that are believable and absurd.”
Dougie’s work has been exhibited at numerous photo festivals and gallery shows, and has featured in various publications including The Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde, The New York Times, Stern, The Guardian, El País, The Independent, The Observer, Der Spiegel, GQ, Dazed, Vice, BBC, Die Zeit, and CNN.

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