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In the picture with Kit Fordham - Eastern Soul: Russia and the Balkans

Hookers, mafia and oligarchs? Fordham’s Eastern Soul project shatters the common Western stereotypes of a fractured and fractious Eastern Europe.

Thu 31st July, 7.30pm Price: £10.00
Photography presentation in conversation with TBC followed by a Q&A with Kit Fordham

Hookers, mafia and oligarchs? Kit Fordham’s Eastern Soul project shatters the common Western stereotypes of a fractured and fractious Eastern Europe. This evening he will talk about his work, which seeks to show that the Orthodox Christian faith is, in fact, a key anchor in the lives of young and old alike while life around them changes inordinately.

Fordham’s photographs form a provocative, hauntingly beautiful photographic odyssey; the result of years of work throughout Russia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania forming the first installment of an ongoing project across the Orthodox Christian world.

At a time when East-West tensions are on the rise Fordham’s work provides a prism through which life in the Slavic East can be viewed; lurching toward the future yet strongly bound by the traditions of the past: two thousand of years of Orthodox Christian tradition and less than 20 years of capitalism forming an inseparable whole.

Fordham’s work was recently exhibited at London’s Pushkin House

Praise for Kit Fordham

"Kit Fordham gives to photography what only true artists give to their creation. His images are like doors slightly ajar - inviting you to take a journey of imagination through ordinary life."
Konstantin Eggert, BBC Moscow Bureau Editor

"Sensitive to people and their relation to their urban or rural environment, to the transient beauty of light, shadow, reflections, sky and clouds, alert to the idiosyncrasies and surprises of quotidian life - whether a fat lady clambering out of a swimming pool or a transvestite in hotpants in a suburban park."
Terence Rodrigues, Art Critic & Historian


Photographer Kit Fordham | talks


Date and Time:

31 July 2008 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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