We're beyond excited that local documentary photographer Giles Duley will be showcasing his incredible work here July 4th and 5th whilst he hosts an intimate Syrian supper club that we invited him to exhibit the work in our Crypt Gallery until the end of the month.
His exhibition of 26 images, ‘I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See’ tells stories of refugees with the empathy Duley is known for, from the horror of boats arriving in Lesvos, to stark portraits of people stood against white backgrounds. Significantly, images are accompanied with the stories of their subjects, most of whom the photographer has kept in close contact with for many years.
It is only the second time that the photographs have been displayed for the public, following a debut run at London’s Truman Brewery which won widespread critical acclaim, and the first time that Duley has presented in his hometown.
St Leonards resident, Giles Duley has been working as a documentary photographer since 2000, specialising in telling the stories of civilians who have been affected by conflict. His extraordinary journey since then has taken him to dozens of countries including Afghanistan, Angola, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iraq and Jordan amongst others, giving a voice to hundreds of individuals, each one unique, along the way.
His distinct and personable approach to storytelling which celebrates life and humanity in the most adverse of conditions has won him countless plaudits including an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, collaborations with Massive Attack and PJ Harvey, and the status as one of the world’s leading humanitarian photographers.
Duley tells the stories of refugees with the empathy his work is noted for, from the horror of boats arriving in Lesvos, to stark portraits of people stood against white backgrounds. Significantly, images are accompanied with the stories of their subjects, most of whom the photographer has kept in close contact with for many years.
The exhibition is available to view for free throughout July, and aims to provoke thought, conversations, action and activism, as well as to raise awareness of Duley’s own charity ‘Legacy of War’.
We're so honoured that Giles has chosen St Mary in the Castle to host this amazing exhibition and feel incredibly proud to be a small part of this astounding body of work.
The exhibition is open daily from 10am.