The term 'Street Photographer' can be considered misleading. It covers all aspects of photographs taken on the street, in cities, towns and villages. But considering Reportage, Documentarist or Photojournalist brings a whole new meaning to the genre. Whatever the desired title all are important. Without the image in my opinion our history is lost. Words alone can be great and powerful but it is the image that will stay with you. Peter Dench for over 20 years has dedicated his photography career to the study of 'life', be that in Dallas, Ibiza or Bournemouth. It could be argued that his image making is similar to Martin Parr and in some cases William Egglestone. That said Peter's work is important to recognise and to enjoy.
He started photography at the age after 14 (realising that although he was a talented cricketer it wasn't going to be a profession he could enjoy fully). Photography gave him that and he went on to study various degrees of photography from school through to University.
He is a photographer that regards the camera as a tool, choosing a system that works for him on the projects that he sets for himself. Now an Olympus ambassador, simply put with two Olympus bodies (m4/3), two prime lenses (with dare I mention One Zoom lens as a back up!) he is set to go. As you will see in the Screenshare section of the show, Peter's style is one of colour (he never works in Mono) and getting close into the action. He is not one to stand on the other side of the street with a zoom lens and work (as one of my previous guest mentioned) 'Sneaky' style!).
Peter's latest project though has been the publication of a book titled The Dench Dozen! A book that studies 12 British photographers. At £50 one could think it a little pricey, but its not your usual photo book. It's written in a style to share the lives and work of each given photographer that are his friends and those he admires. Interesting to note the sub title of the book is Volume 1... Maybe another to follow?
The all important links..
The Hungry Eye as they say "HUNGRY EYE is on an insatiable search for original and exceptional image-making in every aspect and every discipline." Well worth a read!