Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Stephen Waddell, Pedestrian No. 1, 2002
Stephen Waddell, Pedestrian No. 1, 2002
2006 Lecture


350 Victoria St

As worldwide exchange advances,
urban centres increasingly disconnect
from their regional environments and
begin to share in a global culture of
cities. In St. Andrew subway station,
an installation of photographs capturing
fleeting moments in cities across
the globe by Stephen Gill and Stephen
Waddell sheds light on the intertwined
forces of autonomy and dependence
in contemporary urban life. In these back-to-back
lectures, the artists each discuss their
distinct approach to street photography.

London-based photographer Stephen
Gill practices what Martin Parr has
Coined “conceptual documentary”: the
insistent development of an idea without
altering or intervening in the action.
Focusing on minute details and seemingly
mundane situations, Gill captures
the essence of the city with great wit
and a dash of irony. Largely self-taught,
Gill interned and then worked full-time
at Magnum Photos, London, before
becoming a freelance photographer in
1997. His photographs appear frequently
in major international magazines,
including the New York Times Magazine,
The Observer, Le Monde and Colors, and
his work has been exhibited at the
Photographers’ Gallery, London; Photo
España, Madrid; Rencontres d’Arles;
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam;
The State Centre of Architecture,
Moscow and Haus Der Kunst, Munich,
among many other venues.

Stephen Waddell’s photographs of
street scenes and solitary figures reflect
his interest in the figure of the flâneur
and his search for the mythical in the
everyday. He began his career as a
painter and his images contain subtle
yet mysterious gestures which reference
the pictorial conventions of painting.
Without any apparent trace of intrusion,
his images offer a voyeuristic glimpse
into the lives of anonymous individuals
in urban environments. Waddell
studied at Simon Fraser University and
The University of British Columbia. His
work has been recently exhibited at C/O
Berlin, Germany; Monte Clark Gallery,
Vancouver; Schirmer/Mosel Showroom,
Munich; the Museum of Contemporary
Art, Antwerp; the Vancouver Art Gallery;
Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim and
Galerie Tanit, Munich. Waddell lives
and works in Vancouver and Berlin.

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