Glasgow – A Wider View The RGI Kelly Gallery 15 – 25 February
Please join us for the private view on Thursday 16th February from 5 – 7 pm.
An exhibition of black and white images spanning the 40-year career of photojournalist James Gilmour.
From Glasgow city mortuary to Alex Salmond on the campaign trail, photojournalist James Gilmour has fearlessly yet quietly documented west of Scotland life over the decades.
For the first time, over 50 of these images taken between 1973 and 2007 are being exhibited at the RGI Kelly Gallery in Glasgow – A Wider View from 15 until 25 February (www.royalglasgowinstitute.org)
Over the decades, James has contributed to The Independent, The Scotsman and Scottish Field to name but a few. The images in A Wider View are a combination of street photography and photojournalism, with the majority of work shot in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
“I have always been attracted to the order in society and how it operates and functions, be it the way we all go about our various occupations or keep ourselves entertained,” explains James. “As a photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to document the entire life cycle which I find fascinating.
“One of the images in the exhibition was taken at a graveside following a funeral attended by a solitary mourner. After she had left, the gravedigger had to be lowered into the grave when the rope became stuck. It was a scene reminiscent of Resurrection, the painting by Stanley Spencer.”
The exhibition also includes an image of forensic pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy taken at Glasgow City Mortuary. During her time in Glasgow, Professor Cassidy, now State Pathologist in the Republic of Ireland, was known for her vibrancy and glamour, and the image captures the contrast between this animated woman and the grim setting.
But there is no shortage of life affirming images, including one of Alex Salmond on the campaign trail in 2007 taken by James in his home town of Kilmarnock.
James says that if anything has influenced his photography, it is the wide screen images of the cinema, so it’s no surprise to learn that the majority of the images have been shot with a wide angle lens and there is indeed something of the film noir about the exhibition.
The RGI’s Kelly Gallery 118 Douglas Street, Glasgow G2 4ET
Opening hours: Tues – Fri 10.30am – 5pm, Saturday 10.30am – 3pm