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The Bigger Picture

Flaere Gallery presents The Bigger Picture on 6th March featuring Tom Craig & A. A. Gill

Image: Albanian Bathers, 2006 © Tom Craig

Flaere Gallery is pleased to present The Bigger Picture – A. A. Gill and Tom Craig in March 2012. From Svalbard to Chad, photographer Tom Craig and writer A.A. Gill have travelled together on assignments across four continents in the last eight years. Flaere Gallery brings together 20 unseen photographs by Tom Craig with accompanying text by A.A. Gill.

On 1st March, The Frontline Club, Paddington will host a discussion with Tom Craig and A.A. Gill as advocates for the collaboration of a photographer and writer and its importance for the future of photojournalism. Click here for more information.

More about  The Bigger Picture – A. A. Gill and Tom Craig

On their travels, the two connect the dots between disparate worlds – from life on a North Sea trawler to the glaciers of Greenland; encountering Tasmanian devils, Haitian hotspots and cricket matches on the streets of St Paul’s. Days are punctuated by conversations about experiences past and present: “Why is that Eskimo so drunk? Is that marsupial carnivorous? Are countries at war more successful fuelled on a diet of wheat or rice? Is that a bat in your curry?”

In his writing, A.A. Gill often alights on the modest object, fact or observation and through it unfolds a story that speaks volubly about that place in that time. Tom Craig’s photographs create the visual counterpoint, exposing the essence of people and places they come across.

This is a personal story told twice; a collaboration between a writer and a photographer that demonstrates how two perspectives and two media tell such a different story from the same scene – and how together they make the narrative so much the richer.

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