Colin O'Brien

Retrospective Images 06/07


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Colin O'Brien's photographs take a nostalgic look back at life. He has for over fifty years recorded the experiences and sights of living in London in all its diversity, familiarity and strangeness. The urban landscapes capture people off-guard in run down buildings and streets which have long since been cleaned up or demolished. Children play, women chat, men drink and play darts in seedy pubs, couples stroll arm-in-arm on Sundays in the City.

Colin O'Brien lives in Hackney, London, and many of his photographs are taken in and around that area. His pictures show his concern for what's happening to people in the ever changing society in which we live. Most of his work could be defined as social documentary. His exhibitions in the early part of the decade demonstrated his obvious technical competence. O'Brien says the excitement of printing the pictures is almost as important as capturing the original image.
A former member of staff at LCC, Colin also completed his MA in Photography and Advertising at the college.

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