||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. These have been printed for the exhibition by Glasgow photographer Robert Burns.
David first gave some of this Glasgow work public exposure in the exhibition Close Encounters at The Watermill Gallery in Aberfeldy in 2006, who also hosted the critically acclaimed exhibition Through the Looking Glass in 2011. Peat was also a leading cinematographer and award winning film-maker known for his intimate observational documentaries (Gutted, This Mine is Ours, Me and My Face, Life's Too Short, Please Leave The Light On, and more).
A number of works are available for sale as silver gelatin hand prints and digital prints, as well as a postcard pack including some of the Glasgow and international works.
A minigraph with an article by photography historian and curator, Sara Stevenson is available.
A book has being published by Renaissance Press to coincide with the exhibition.
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 - 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.'
Contributors include Alan Spence, Robin Gillanders, David Bruce and Billy Connolly.
Some comments recorded on the opening night of the exhibition: What do you think of the show and are there any images that resonate with you?