Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Malcom Glover

Malcolm Glover was born in Crawley in 1955. He studied photography at Newport for a Diploma in Documentary Photography and MA at Royal College of Art in 1991.

Malcolm Glover has exhibited widely, his first exhibition was "Llyn Peninsular" in 1984, which was a study of rural life and toured Wales. He then went on to become photographer in residence at Rochdale Art Gallery, where he was shorlisted for an ICI Foxtalbot Award which took a humourous look at people in health farms. This was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and bought by the National Museum of Photography.

His first publically acclaimed timescape was of "Brixton Lido" which went on to win him the Year of the Arts award which have enabled him to shoot the streets of Milton Keynes and St Leonards.

The images we exhibited at IPG were Brixton Lido, which is 30ft long and smaller versions of Beadlemead Street and St Leonards, since then he has worked on numerous commissions across Britain using his unique photographic style, which has bought about a series of work including "Shotton Station"

The panoramic images are a form of static tracking shot, giving the impression of a cinematic experience, with the light progressing through the print from morning to night. Traditionally the photographic image has trapped the viewer in one perspective an one moment of time - Glovers work attempts to remove these restrictions.

The "Brixton Lido" image was shot over a six hour period and reveals repetitive behaviour within this period. In "Beadlemead Street" each house in Beadlemead Street was photographed in turn at 45 minute intervals between 9am and 7pm and then "knitted together" to recreate the entire street and the impressions of its hidden life, as with the St Leonards shot.

Malcolm Glover has recently exhibited at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and has made a series of work on Allotment Holders.

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