Life Through The Lens Of Another
Client: Exhibition curated in partnership with Open Culture / LOOK/15 Liverpool International Photography Festival / Camp And Furnace
Küla creative team: Abdullah Badwi
Abdullah Badwi's moving and sensitive portraits show a hidden side to the people of Liverpool: many of those he turns his camera to are those society ignores or misunderstands. Abdullah's photographs show a real trust and mutual respect between photographer and subject. This previously unseen collection dates back to the 1980s, providing an intimate window into our city's recent history.
Abdullah is a photographer who grew up in Toxteth, Liverpool 8. Having a culturally diverse heritage of Scottish, English and Yemeni ancestry, he says ’I never really felt accepted by one camp or another’. He thinks it is probably this feeling of unease, or not quite belonging somewhere, that motivates his empathy with the plight of ‘others’ and the photographs here really capture his ability to connect, empathise and communicate with people society often ignores, or doesn’t understand. He studied photography at Southport College of Art & Design, before going on to Harrow PCL, where he gained a BA (Hons) degree in Photography, Film and TV.
Life Through The Lens Of Another will be on display May 15th-31st at Camp And Furnace, Greenland Street, Liverpool. The exhibition opens as part of Light Night's annual cultural offering, as well as featuring in the LOOK/15 Liverpool International Photography Festival. More information about Open Culture, Light Night 2015, Camp and Furnace and LOOK/15 can be found on their respective websites.