Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Photographers to know / Link 7 : David Solomons

© David Solomons

Born in London, David Solomons became fascinated by reportage photography after visiting the Magnum 'In Our Time' exhibition. A period in Barcelona teaching English cemented his ambition to be a photographer and he moved back to England in order to enrol on a Photography course which he managed to secure at Newport studying Documentary Photography in 1993.
Whilst there he soon became interested in the work of Garry Winogrand, Tony Ray-Jones and Elliott Erwitt among others and decided he wanted work along similar lines of personal expression rather than adhere to the socially conscious type of photojournalism that was popular amongst many photographers on the course.
Like many of the photographers he has admired over the years he initially did all of his street photography in black and white. Solomons soon realised however that in order to differentiate himself from his predecessors, it would be better if he worked in colour. There were a few notable colour photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb and Martin Parr whom he admired but he felt his style of work was more akin to the previously mentioned people.

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