|© Arman Mohammady|
© Will Plowright
Overcoming ignorance through education is another popular theme which you’d expect given that the photographers are students and lecturers. Classrooms of many types are shown complete with children reflecting the traditions of the country where the picture was taken. The children in the images convey a sense of positivity, with a smile, the gentle touch of a sibling or the pride in their school books.
Age is also touched upon and images from east and west are side by side for ease of comparison. Sylvia Chant’s ‘Contemplating Eighty’ shows a good looking, well dressed serious elderly lady who is perhaps the contemplatee of the title sat next to a gentleman drinking a glass of wine. Perhaps it’s her birthday party? The other images of age are the ‘Passage of Life’ by Manal Massalha-Tasker and ‘Buddhist Undertaker' by Dimitra Setia. Both of these are beautifully taken in black and white to emphasise the interesting facial features, both are dignified and moving.
The next photo along shows a small child trying to reach up to drink from a water fountain, hampered by her lack of height, she is overcoming her frustrating hurdle by determination and fierce independence. A charming shot of ‘Summer Heat’.
Political hurdles and law enforcement are also represented. ‘The One Percent’ is a photo journalist shot of Julian Assange. The title seems to refer to his site Wikileaks only publishing 1% of the diplomatic cables that were hacked. It is a striking and the subject very controversial. Is it overcoming hurdles regarding the spread of information? Unlocking locked computer networks? Complementing the Assange picture is my favourite image of the show and depicts a police officer who is doing his job. ‘All in a day’s work’ by Brian Gaschler is an intimate portrait with the male officer displaying pensive vulnerability under the uniform, his youth and the dark circles under his eyes attracting sympathy from the viewer.
Never having been to the LSE's Old Building Atrium Gallery, it is a treat to find such a modern, light, airy public space. And when it contains a collection of thought provoking images then it becomes an excellent excuse to get out of the office and see stuff.